Evelyn Glennie and Jon Hemmersam

"To me, music is about sound. It is not necessary to feel that music should be divided into harmony, melody and rhythm.

These descriptions can be touch-stones to achieve certain shapes of desired sonic movements. Sound and Music should not be divided or defined into or by anything. It is simply a matter of being open to the moment, creativity through spontaneity, feeling and listening on impulse.

I believe this is also the nature of improvisation and represents who we are in the present moment.
The first time I heard Evelyn play it was like a musical homecoming. Her playing spoke directly to me like a kindred spirit. Evelyn has no restrictions within her sound creation - just a direct line and contact to the moment and movement. Wonderful watch and amazing to hear, truly inspiring!

It was like a revelation to experience music like this. With Evelyn I was able to connect with the way I have related to music, all my life. The idea to do this recording was born and we agreed it had to be an entirely improvised album. No plans, no arrangements or agreements, just pure improvisation in the moment!

I chose the acoustic guitar to accompany Evelyn’s percussion and the piano. I felt playing acoustic would enhance and elevate our journey. We agreed that blending the senses of the natural overtones from these instruments would be interesting and exciting amplified only by the acoustics of the wooden room at Real World Studios.

Evelyn explained that for her the room is part of the sound, she uses the room as an instrument the original surround sounds if you like. Creating this recording together felt as if we were ‘at one’ with the music, the instruments and the room.

I feel the music has successfully combined two spirits into one and the journey has enabled us to create a truly wonderful spirit of the sounds!"By Jon Hemmersam

Background to the Musicians

Jon Hemmersam is a self-taught guitarist/composer/improviser musician and educator, born 9thJune 1962 in Ribe, Denmark.

Despite a hearing-handicap, which left Jon with a dependency on hearing aids for both ears, Jon has carved a career as an internationally acclaimed musician. Jon has spent the last 25 years concentrating on his main interest in modern jazz/fusion and classical crossover.

Jon has recorded and performed with some of the greatest names in modern jazz including the saxophone legend David Liebman (ex. Miles Davis, Elvin Jones John Mclaughlin), guitarist Dom Minasi, International Steinway Artist, pianist Michael Jefry Stevens, Serbian violist Szilard Mezei and many others.

Jon already has 12 CD´s to his credit with different projects and formations, including many of his compositions as well as tracks based on entirely free improvisation. The Jon Hemmersam/Dom Minasi Quartet CD received a pre-draft Grammy nomination in the USA 2007 and earned a 4-star review in the American Jazz-magazine Down Beat 2008. Down Beat Magazine also chose this record as one of the best CD´s 2008.

Jon currently lives in Sonderborg, Denmark, where he teaches guitar, Improvisation and composition at Sonderborg Music Academy.

“Percussionist and composer Dame Evelyn Glennie lost nearly all of her hearing by age 12. Rather than isolating her, it has given her a unique connection to her music.


In this soaring demonstration, deaf percussionist Evelyn Glennie illustrates how listening to music involves much more than simply letting sound waves hit your eardrums.” (TED)

Awarded Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2007 Evelyn Glennie is the first person in musical history to successfully create and sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist. As one of the most eclectic and innovative musicians on the scene today she is constantly redefining the goals and expectations of percussion by creating performances of such vitality they almost constitute a new type of performance.

Since graduating with an Honours degree from the Royal Academy of Music, London in 1985 at the age of 19, Evelyn gives more than 100 performances a year worldwide, performing with the greatest conductors, orchestras, and artists. Her diversity of collaborations includes visual mixing of live music with the likes of DJ Yoda and the ‘Beat Boxer’ Shlomo. She is also creating new challenges through her collaboration with the Dance Choreographer Marc Brew as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad. In July 2012 Evelyn was honoured to take a lead role in the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony. In collaboration with Underworld Evelyn led 1000 drummers for the world premiere of 'And I will Kiss' and also premiered Caliban's Dream' on a newly developed instrument called the ‘Glennie Aluphone’ accompanying the lighting of the flame.

Evelyn is the leading commissioner of around 170 new works for solo percussion from many of the world's most eminent composers. As a double Grammy award winner and BAFTA nominee Evelyn is in demand as a composer in her own right and records high quality music for film, television and music library companies.

Experience based on presenting two series of her own television programme (Soundbites) for the BBC and several radio programmes led to regular appearances on television across the world, including The David Letterman Show, Sesame Street, The South Bank Show.
Solo recordings now exceed 28 CD’s including the Grammy award winning Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion by Bartok and her collaboration with Bela Fleck. Shadow Behind the Iron Sun continues to be a best selling album demonstrating the brilliant improvisational skills of this ground-breaking performer.

With over 86 international awards to date Evelyn continues to feed the next generation through advice and guidance. 

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