Sunday, 18 October 2009

Evelyn Glennie shows how to listen

My name is Tanya and I'm a TEDaholic of 3 weeks

In this episode the brilliant Grammy award-winning percussionist Evelyn Glennie explores the idea of listening - demonstrating that are ears are just one of many channels through which we 'hear' or even create sound and music, that really "listening to music involves much more than simply letting sound waves hit your eardrums."

Initially rejected by the Royal Academy of Music for being deaf, she challenged and successfully over-ruled their decision. This subsequently changed admittance policy to music schools across the UK and changed their attitudes towards the way people of all physical abilities can experience music. In even just the 4 minute piece she plays on vibraphone at the end, her sensitivity and compassion as a musician are a beautiful example of how redundant these old preconceptions about 'hearing' are.

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