World Percussion Festival in The Netherlands, held every 2 years. Percussion Festival The Big Bang took place from February 22-26 2007 in five cities in Holland: Eindhoven, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Enschede, Amsterdam. open album
Four time Grammy award-winning percussionist Glen Velez is an international soloist and a seminal figure in the history of the frame drum. Over two decades ago he brought a new genre of drumming into the Western music world by creating his own compositional style inspired by years of drumming studies from various cultures. He introduced Remo Belli and the Remo Drum Company to the world of frame drums and initiated, what has become, a whole line of drums from world cultures.
After fifteen years performing and recording with Steve Reich (1973-1988) and Paul Winter (1983-1998), Velez is working as a soloist and with his Handance Ensemble, while continuing to collaborate with a variety of prominent artists in many genres. Twentieth century music guru John Cage wrote a piece especially for Glen in 1989. Velez has also played with notables such as Pat Metheny, Richard Stoltzman, Suzanne Vega, Howard Levy, Zakir Hussain, and Sonny Fortune.
His own compositions have been featured on National Public Radio's All Things Considered and John Schaefer's New Sounds and have been commissioned by the Rockefeller Foundation, Jerome Foundation, and Reader's Digest. He has written music for theater and dance and recorded hundreds of albums on ECM, CBS, RCA, GRP, Warner Brothers, Deutsche Gramophone, Geffen, Nonesuch, Capital, and Sony.
In addition, he has several instructional videos, five instructional books and over a dozen recordings of his own music on CMP, Music of the World, Sounds True, Interworld, Ellipsis Arts and DafTof Records. As a master teacher who conducts workshops worldwide, Velez developed his own teaching approach called “The Handance Method.” It incorporates voice and body movement into the process of learning to play the frame drum and has been presented in hundreds of universities world wide.
Velez has also designed his own Signature Series of frame drums for the Remo Drum Company and has recently designed a handmade frame drum series for the Cooperman Drum Company.