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Let's Talk Off The Podium

The mission of this podcast is to create discussion on a variety of topics in music, culture, and arts. In my discussions there will be many questions, answers, comments, critique and ideas. For far too long many in the media, musicians, and artists from all backgrounds have been hesitant in their approach to criticism. As Wole Soyinka said, “The greatest threat to freedom is the absence of criticism.” Alongside my observations I will invite guests from a variety of artistic backgrounds to tell their story, ideas and perspective on all things in the world of music.

Hope you join me on this journey and raise awareness to topics that have been buried for decades.

Past guests include: Kronos Quartet founder David Harrington, Christian McBrideGeorge WalkerRobert Dick, Ian PaceMartin Bresnick, Project Trio bassist Peter Seymour, Andrey KasparovCraig Sheppard,  Adrienne AlbertJuan Maria SolareMarc YeatsMark Rowan-HullStanford ThompsonThe Villiers QuartetDr. Haig MardirosianFrances WilsonJames GardnerDaniel RosenboomSylvia HinzJoan Arnau Pàmies,  among others.

May 6, 2020

Ep. 93: Evelyn Glennie, virtuoso percussionist

Let's Talk Off The Podium with Tigran Arakelyan

Performing worldwide with the greatest orchestras, conductors and artists, Dame Evelyn Glennie’s solo recordings, which now exceed 30 CDs, are as diverse as her career on-stage. A double GRAMMY award winner and BAFTA nominee Evelyn is a composer for film, television and music library companies. Evelyn was awarded an OBE in 1993 and now has over 100 international awards to date, including the Polar Music Prize and the Companion of Honour. Evelyn is currently embarking on the formation of The Evelyn Glennie Collection. The vision is to open a centre that embodies her mission to Teach the World to Listen.

In this podcast I spoke with one of the most iconic figures in classical music, Dame Evelyn Glennie. We spoke about improvisation, her journey to the Royal Academy of Music, life changing moments, music education and advice to young musicians. Glennie also talks about her first music teacher, collection of over 2000 instruments and hearing loss.

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