The A.P.E.X. Event Series will host Glen Velez and Loire Cotler on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. in the Great Hall of the Hunter Conference Center. Get to know the duo below by reading their biographies.
Four-time Grammy Award winner Glen Velez is an internationally acclaimed soloist and founding father of the modern frame drum movement. Velez is the first percussionist to gain international recognition as a successful solo artist and composer using frame drums. In 2014 Glen was inducted into the Percussive Arts Society “Hall of Fame.” For over four decades, Velez has brought a new genre of drumming and composition to the contemporary music scene by creating his own performance style, inspired by years of studying frame drumming techniques from various cultures. Velez’s virtuosic combinations of hand movements, finger techniques, along with his original compositional and teaching style called Handance Method, which incorporates stepping, drum language and Central Asian Overtone singing (split-tone singing), has undoubtedly opened new possibilities for musicians around the globe, resulting in a shift in modern percussion. Glen is regarded as a legendary figure among musicians and audiences world-wide, even the great twentieth century composer John Cage acknowledged Velez’s mastery. In 1989 Cage was so inspired by a performance of Glen’s epic drum composition Doctrine of Signatures, he wrote a piece especially for him entitled, Composed Improvisation for One-Sided Drum with or without Jingles. After many years performing and recording with the Steve Reich Ensemble and the Paul Winter Consort, Velez maintains an international touring schedule presenting his original music as a soloist and with various ensembles, including TRIO GLOBO with Grammy winners Howard Levy and Eugene Friesen, “ta ki Ta Trio” featuring Chitravina maestro Shri N. Ravikiran (2017 Sangita Kalanidhi Award) and Jazz Rhythm Vocalist Loire Cotler, Medieval Mantra (Nina Stern, Loire Cotler), The Rumi Concert (Coleman Barks), as well as his own Handance Ensemble. Glen teaches at The Juilliard School and Mannes College of Music. For more info, please visit: www.glenvelez.com
Loire Cotler is a critically acclaimed Jazz Rhythm Vocalist whose life and music are defined by the healing power of rhythm and jazz as well as a mission to show the life-changing art of vocal percussion. Bridging Medieval to Be-bop; World Music to Avant-Pop, Loire is renowned for her blazing South Indian drum language solos called Konnakol, while echoing vocal traditions inspired from a distant past, such as Jewish nigunim, Middle Eastern taksim and The Great American Songbook reimagined. Loire maintains an international touring schedule and has been a featured soloist with American Composers Orchestra, National Chinese Orchestra and Long Beach Opera performing the music of composers JacobTV, Edward Bilous, Robert Miller, Milica Paranosic and Glen Velez. Loire is currently collaborating with “ta ki Ta Trio” featuring Glen Velez (4-time Grammy winner) and Chitravina maestro Shri N. Ravikiran (2017 Sangita Kalanidhi Award). Loire regularly performs with Glen Velez Handance Ensemble and is currently in the studio recording her debut record with the multiple Grammy winning iconic artists of TRIO GLOBO Howard Levy, Eugene Friesen, Glen Velez, to be released January 2018. Loire is a passionate educator and Certified Music Therapist, presenting masterclasses at The Juilliard School and conservatories worldwide. For more info, please visit: www.rhythmvocalist.com
Watch the duo perform below!