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'm not a deaf musician. I'm a musician who happens to be deaf.
Music really is our daily medicine.
Music is about communication... it isn't just something that maybe physically sounds good or orally sounds interesting; it's something far, far deeper than that.
The human body and mind are tremendous forces that are continually amazing scientists and society. Therefore, we have no choice but to keep an open mind as to what the human being can achieve.
The thing about playing percussion is that you can create all these emotions that can be sometimes beautiful, sometimes really ugly, or sometimes sweet, sometimes as big as King Kong and so on. And so there can be a real riot out there, or it can be so refined.
Percussion is the most adaptable family of instruments. The biggest challenge is to project percussion in a lyrical way.
I am really quite fascinated by echo-locating bats and dolphins and have always wondered how sound affects the unconscious brain.
Before my teen years, I was losing my hearing pretty quickly, and I was getting very, very angry. I was beginning to become an angry person because of that.
Hearing is a form of touch. You feel it through your body, and sometimes it almost hits your face.
Society cannot continue to disable themselves through their need to categorize people or make assumptions as to another individual's abilities.
A large part of my work has been collaborating with composers; I think we've commissioned about 140 pieces now, a lot of them percussion concertos.
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 try to plant myself where I am and embrace what is there in front of me.
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.
I didn't decide to become a musician until the age of 15, which is quite late.
I just assumed the world was full of solo percussionists. I couldn't find sticks or music or anything where I was, but that was expected because there was nothing there anyway. And I think that was possibly the greatest asset for me, just not knowing.
I like the sparkle of the vibraphone.
There are many collaborations I'd like to explore. One is to co-write a rap concerto with Eminem.
Hearing is a form of touch. I could hear less through the ears but more through the body.
Concerts have to be seen as a real event for which the aim is to try and feed everybody.
I often play on the cello-bass side of the orchestra, because I prefer the deep sounds. I can't hear the violins well.
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 walk into a kids' store, and it's amazing, the types of instruments - little squeaky things, rattling things, spinning tops.
If we see someone in a wheelchair, we assume they cannot walk. It may be that they can walk three, four, five steps. That, to them, means they can walk.
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