Evelyn Glennie – Deaf But Not Dumb

Evelyn Glennie

This is a video of Evelyn Glennie performing ‘Prim’ by Askell Masson. I remember learning about her in GCSE music at secondary school. She is a scottish lady that is actually deaf and she performs bear foot to help sense vibrations of sound. I used to play the drums when I was younger so I can appreciate just how amazingly difficult what she is doing here is. She performs a steady increase-decrease in tempo using double strokes with such precision. The speed that she gets up is amazing, and the fact that she can throw in accents whenever she wants is ridiculous. This progressive drum roll starts at 5:37 and goes until the end. I will be adapting this technique for use in my percussion scoring task.


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