SUU A.P.E.X. Event Series: Glen Velez and Loire Cotler

Published: November 10, 2017 | Read Time: 2 minutes

glen velez loire cotlerGlen Velez has been titled, “The undisputed master of Frame Drums” by the New York Times. The Jerusalem Post has described Loire Cotler’s performance as being, “Peerless artistry.” Together they create a duo full of energy, passion, drums, vocal percussion, and deep respect for the art that they create. They will be giving a live performance and discussing drums from all over the world for the A.P.E.X. Event Series as our Fall Eccles Visiting Scholars. Come and join us in The Great Hall on Nov. 16, 2017 at 11:30 A.M.

For more information go to the A.P.E.X. page on Glen Velez and Loire Cotler. This event will be free and open to the public.

As a four-time Grammy Award Winner, Glen Velez is the icon of the modern frame drum movement. Velez often tours around the globe and performs solo repertoire as well as with many ensembles. His career has expanded over four decades; bringing a new genre of composition and drumming into contemporary percussion. Through combining different hand drumming techniques from around the globe, he has created his own performance style. Velez currently teaches at The Julliard School and Mannes College of Music.

Jazz Rhythm Vocalist, Loire Cotler, has defined her life by the healing power of rhythm and jazz through the art of vocal percussion. Her style combines a range of techniques from Medieval, Be-bop, Avant-Pop, South Indian drum language, Middle Eastern taksim, and others. She has been featured as a soloist with the National Chinese Orchestra, Long Beach Opera, and the American Composers Orchestra. Cotler is a passionate educator and certified Music Therapist and presents master classes worldwide, including The Julliard School. Please visit: for more info on Loire Cotler.

“At the end of the 2017 year I cannot imagine a more amazing duo visiting our university. Glen Velez & Loire Cotler are pioneers in their fields and have created a dramatic shift in the view of world music in contemporary music. I invite you all to come and witness the work and passion of these masters of music!”

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