Hearing is a form of touch. You feel it through your body, and sometimes it almost hits your face.
How can a profoundly deaf person become a musician?
Hearing is a form of touch. I hear it through the body, by opening myself up. Sometimes it almost hits you in the face.
My whole life is about sound. It's what makes me tick as a human being.
Of course, I just assumed that the world was full of solo percussionists. It was only when I studied music full time, in London, that I realized that the career of a full-time classical percussionist did not in fact exist. It had to be created.
Holidays are about experiences and people, and tuning into what you feel like doing at that moment. Enjoy not having to look at a watch.
I love out-of-the-way, rugged places. For me, holidays are about the experiences, and the people, and the memories, rather than sitting on a nice beach getting tanned. I try to plant myself where I am and embrace what is there in front of me.
I think I can only help to expose percussion to all sorts of people. The balance between the lighter and more serious side is important.
I want to be able to say on my deathbed that I reached a few people. That would be very nice, just to be able to say that.
Society cannot continue to disable themselves through their need to categorize people or make assumptions as to another individual's abilities.
My role on the planet is to bring the power of sound.
I associate going to an airport with work because I travel so much with my job. So when I have a few days free from work, I tend to stay at home.
Percussion is the most adaptable family of instruments. The biggest challenge is to project percussion in a lyrical way.
Marimba is much more of a wood-type experience and there is no real possibility of getting a dry sound, and getting that contrast in the same way that you can in a vibraphone.
Once you're in a particular country, and you're surrounded by musicians who are so adept at traditional music, you suddenly realize how much there is to explore and digest and learn and experience.