Sunday, December 28, 2008

Glen Velez and his amazing Blue Tambourine

Back in October, I had the pleasure of attending an event called "DrumTalk."

DrumTalk brings internationally acclaimed master drummers/educators to Pittsburgh, PA for a four‐day weekend of exciting concerts, informative workshops and energizing drum circles.

This year's faculty included one of my favorite percussionists, the world renowned master of the frame drum, Mr. Glen Velez. Not only did I have the pleasure of watching him perform, (including the Blue Tambourine solo shown above) I also had the opportunity to take one of his workshops. He is humble and gracious and I loved every moment I got to spend in his presence.

A quick side note - the video above doesn't do that solo justice. When amplified, it made the tambourine sound like a marching band was in the room. I wasn't initially sure how he was making the sounds, so after the workshop I asked him how it was done. He pulled the tambourine out of his case and showed me that it was a rather inexpensive plastic tambourine with a tunable plastic head. (Important so you can grip and bend the head) He said that combined with the amplification, it's how he makes it sing. He then proceeded to walk over to the mike and play a part of the solo for me to show me how he grips and bends the head to change the pitch of the tambourine. Amazing.

One of my all time favorite CD's is his Rhythms of the Chakras.

Learn more about Glen Velez on his Website.

Me with Glen Velez

Photo of me, Glen Velez, and his Blue Tambourine at DrumTalk, in Pittsburgh, PA


Anonymous said...

this video was great, I just lovee drumbeat it has a way of putting you in a trance state, thanks for sharing

mzjohansen said...

Ahhhhhhhh!!! Rhythms Of The Chakras is also a favorite of mine. I listen to it very often ! What a fabulous evening that must have been. Nothing like a drum-ing good time!

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