17. April 2011

Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche

Touch The Sound Evelyn Glennie & Fred Frith

Evelyn Glennie (percussion);  Fred Frith (E-guitar)

“Good Vibrations”: not only was Evelyn Glennie’s autobiography, published in 1990, a bestseller, but it also characterized the phenomenon of her musical career. Lady Evelyn Glennie: receiving the British knighthood in 2007, percussionist, composer, owner and master of 1800 percussion instruments, Grammy award winner, cross-bordering between classical music, avant-garde, samba, gamelan, and Japanese kodo drums, soloist in renowned orchestras like the New York Philharmonic, 15 honorary PhDs, jewelry designer, management consultant—and due to a nervous disease during her childhood a hearing ability of only 20 percent. “Good Vibrations”: Evelyn Glennie takes up the vibrations coming from her instruments with her body and this way feels the differences between single sounds.

“Touch the Sound”: Thomas Riedelsheimer’s 2004 documentary (screened that day at the Kino im Kesselhaus) stands for Evelyn Glennie’s musical life. The sounds touch each other, she touches the sounds, she touches through the sounds she musically creates. And she gets in touch with other multi-musicians. For instance, with Fred Frith, her fellow British countryman: master of the guitar, bass guitar and third bridge guitar, singer, violinist, musician between rock and avant-garde, jazz and folk, musical partner of John Zorn, Attwenger, Heiner Goebbels, Yo-Yo Ma, David Moss, Brian Eno, and many more. “Touch the Sound”: For the film, Evelyn Glennie and Fred Frith for the first time got together for free improvisations. An event full of rhythm, melody, harmony, sound, and vibration that can now be experienced at “Imago Dei”.

“Step Across the Border”: The title of the award-winning documentary (by Nicolas Humbert and Wernder Penzel) about Fritz Frith can again be regarded as the programmatic motto for the duo performance of the guitarist and Evelyn Glennie. The never-fading hope for new discoveries and experiences in music and in life carries the British artists’ togetherness of sounds across all borders.

A workshop “Good Vibrations” for pupils of the BORG Krems is going to prepare for the Glennie/Frith concert. As part of p[ART] (kulturkontakt Austria).


Touch the sound—this is how Evelyn Glennie describes the act of listening. Director Thomas Riedelsheimer and Evelyn Glennie set off for an expedition into these sound worlds demanding all of our senses.

Free admission with your Imago Dei ticket for April 17.

Watch Trailer here:

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