23 March 2012

Dame Evelyn Glennie to play the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Dame Evelyn Glennie

Dame Evelyn Glennie to play the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

DaDaFest 2012



World Renowned Percussionist Returns to City, As Part Of DaDaFest, After Decade Long Gap

A decade since her last performance in Liverpool, world renowned percussionist, Dame Evelyn Glennie is set to return to the city’s  on Saturday 18 August as part of DaDaFest 2012, the world’s longest running festival of Disability and Deaf Arts.

During the evening, Glennie will perform a number of contemporary and classical music  works for percussion including ‘Clapping Music’ by Steve Reich, ‘Rhythmic Caprice’ by Leigh Howard Stevens and her own arrangement of ’Libertango’ by Piazolla. In the second part of the evening, she will give a talk on what being a musician means to her, how her career as a musician has developed and how she learned to feel sound in order to become a professional musician, followed by a question and answer session.

Evelyn Glennie is the first person in musical history to successfully create and sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist. As one of the most eclectic and innovative musicians on the scene today she is constantly redefining the goals and expectations of percussion by creating performances of such vitality they almost constitute a new type of performance. The Grammy-winning percussionist and composer became almost completely deaf by the age of 12, but her hearing loss brought her a deeper understanding of and connection to the music she loves. She's the subject of the documentary Touch the Sound, which explores this unconventional and intriguing approach to percussion. 

Glennie's music challenges the listener to ask where music comes from: Is it more than simply a translation from score to instrument to audience? How can a musician who has almost no hearing play with such sensitivity and compassion?

Along with her vibrant solo career, Glennie has collaborated with musicians ranging from symphony orchestras to Björk, DJ Yoda and the ‘Beat Boxer’ Shlomo. She is also creating new challenges through her collaboration with the Dance Choreographer Marc Brew as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Other collaborations include Nana Vasconcelos, Kodo, Bobby McFerrin, Sting and the Taipei Traditional Chinese Orchestra. 
Her career has taken her to hundreds of concert stages around the world, and she's recorded 28 solo albums, winning a Grammy for her recording of Bartók's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, and another for her 2002 collaboration with Bela Fleck. Glennie’s album Shadow Behind the Iron Sun continues to be a bestselling album demonstrating the brilliant improvisational skills of this ground breaking performer.
Evelyn said: ‘I am looking forward to performing as part of this year’s DaDaFest and believe that it is an exciting organisation, which is doing such a good job in pushing the boundaries of Disability and Deaf Arts, giving so many opportunities to deaf and disabled artists. I am excited about the prospect of performing again at the Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool, sharing my music and thoughts with the people of this wonderful and vibrant city.

Ruth Gould, CEO of DaDaFest said: ‘I am delighted to bring Evelyn Glennie back to Liverpool as part of DaDaFest 2012 as one of our headline artists. She is both an inspiration and a pioneer in the fields of music and Deaf Arts, bringing classical and contemporary percussion and deaf culture into the mainstream. Evelyn’s career has broken new ground in terms of how disabled and deaf people are perceived as leaders in the arts. Sometimes living with impairments can create new and vibrant methods of creating work, in Evelyn’s case music, which leads to a greater appreciation of how we as Disabled/ Deaf people contribute to new arts experiences.’

Michael Eakin, Chief Executive of Liverpool Philharmonic said: ‘We are delighted to be working with DaDaFest for the first time this year as a host venue. The festival has become an important part of Liverpool’s arts calendar, attracting international artists as seen in the return of an artist of the calibre of Evelyn Glennie to the city for the first time in a decade. Liverpool Philharmonic last worked with Evelyn in 2002 when she gave the world premiere performance with the Orchestra of Ignition, a percussion concerto written especially for her by David Horne, our composer-in-residence at the time.  We are looking forward to welcoming her back for what will undoubtedly be an inspiring solo recital and talk.

You can view Evelyn Glennie’s TED Talk on how to listen by clicking:

"Evelyn Glennie is simply a phenomenon of a performer." New York Times

DaDaFest 2012, the biggest, most comprehensive and challenging festival of Disability & Deaf Arts in the world, takes place in Liverpool from Fri13 July – Sun 2 September, with the majority of live events concentrated in the last two weeks of August. Events range from ‘Niet Normaal, Difference On Display’, a major international visual arts exhibition, which is also part of the London 2012 Festival, to cutting-edge comedy, deaf culture events and performances by leading international musicians, in a programme that will both entertain and present art forms from different cultural perspectives. The Festival’s theme, TransActions - Fluid Bodies: Shifting Identities, will look at how disability affects us all, examining exchanges that occur between people and technology, and how a sense of identity is bound up with our changing bodies.

For more information go to search for DaDaFest on Facebook or follow @DaDaDisDeaf on Twitter.

Saturday 18 August, 7.30pm
Tickets: £20 - £27.50
Tickets on Sale: Monday 26 March @ 9.30am

How to Book: You can book in person at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Hope Street. Alternatively, call 0151 709 3789 or click

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