Dame Evelyn Glennie (Photo courtesy of the WSO)
There is no question that The Universal Sense will completely change how we understand the world around us in connection with our understanding of sound.
—Dame Evelyn Glennie, percussionist
Dame Evelyn Glennie is in Winnipeg to perform at the 22nd WSO New Music Festival. She'll give the North American premiere of New Zealand composer Gareth Farr's Hikoi on Friday. Then on Saturday she'll premiere WSO composer in residence Vincent Ho's From Darkness to Light: A Spiritual Journey.
SCENE wanted to know what Glennie reads - when she isn't reading music that is. She recommends The Universal Sense - How Hearing Shapes The Mind by Seth S. Horowitz:
Of course one of the most common questions I am asked is how I can play and appreciate music if I cannot hear. We as human beings like to categorize people and things in order to simplify our lives to apparently give ourselves a better understanding of what we are categorizing. I suppose it's the worst thing one can do in many respects and certainly when it comes to the complex world of hearing and listening.