Grammy Award-Winning Percussionist Evelyn Glennie at UCLA
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An all-star lineup -- including David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Money Mark, Joshua Redman, Sinkane and the legendary Lijadu Sisters of Nigeria in their first live performance in 30 years -- takes the stage at the Greek to perform the futuristic, synth-heavy electronic music of elusive Nigerian artist William Onyeabor. The evening begins with a DJ set by special guest Wooden Wisdom (Elijah Wood & Zach Cowie). Onyeabor self-released eight nearly impossible-to-find albums between 1978 and 1985 in Nigeria, but after becoming a born-again Christian turned his back on his work and refused to speak about it for nearly three decades. Last year, after a five-year odyssey to track down Onyeabor and secure his permission to release his music, the Luaka Bop label issued World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor? The album was named one of Time magazine's top ten albums of the year and Pitchfork's Best Reissue of the Year 2013. Even now, after the album's enormous success, the artist's life story remains a mystery -- and he seems content to keep it that way. Learn More
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“Evelyn Glennie is simply a phenomenon of a performer.” —New York Times
Scotland-born Evelyn Glennie is the first person in musical history to successfully create and sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist. Despite her deafness, the Grammy award-winning Glennie has become one of the most eclectic and innovative musicians on the scene today, constantly redefining the goals and expectations of percussion, and single-handedly expanding the repertoire with numerous commissions (more than 140 new works to date). In addition to performances with most of the major European and American classical orchestras, she has worked with the Kodo Japanese drummers, virtuoso banjo player Bela Fleck, Icelandic pop diva Björk, Bobby McFerrin, Sting, Emmanuel Ax, the King’s Singers, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, to name a few. Legendary for her spectacular live performances characterized by dazzling showmanship and musical adventurousness, this consummate musician makes her highly anticipated return to UCLA Live for the first time in ten years.