The Bliss Blog

The Bliss Blog


Wednesday-Following Their Bliss: Lori Cotler and Glen Velez

 

What happens when you blend the talents of a four time Grammy winning Master Drummer and composer with a Rhythm Vocalist whose youtube video entitled What Is Lori Cotler Singing? has become a sensation? Partners in music and in life, Lori Cotler and Glen Velez speak in an unusual language, with which many Westerners are not yet familiar and smile with delight when they do hear it. According to Lori, the “rhythmic singing comes from the South Indian drum language called Solkattu or Konnakol.”   Together they are called Ta Ka Di Mi Duo 

Glen began to study South Indian drumming and “since the drum language is part of the learning process from the beginning”, that was the way he came upon it, and then he shared with Lori whose voice perfectly executes what I think of as ‘drum scat’.   Together they paint exquisite musical landscapes. I had the joy of watching them perform recently when they came into the Philadelphia area to participate in a fundraiser for Music For People.

 

Glen says that he has “always been attracted to drumming. When I was young, I studied stick drumming of various kinds, then when I was about 27, I started to study hand drumming and that focus has continued to the present. The hand drumming satisfied my need to actually touch the drum and the frame drum was the ideal vehicle for my creative impulses.” and Lori offered “From as far back as I can remember, my identity was bound up with music. I started piano lessons when I was five or six. Even at that age, my parents recognized how strong my gravitation was towards music. Their support was unconditional every step of the way. I studied various instruments throughout my life and began composing songs at around 11 yrs old.”

 

Glen feels that “The musical experience is a doorway to contentment. I think it has that value for anyone willing to focus their energy on it.and Lori expresses Music is a powerful component to experiencing peace, but I believe there are many other facets to the human experience, which when combined, can lead to this state of being we call Peace.”

 

Music was also the doorway through which they met, as Glen explains “I was teaching a class at New School where Lori was teaching also and mutual colleagues introduced us. We realized quite quickly that we shared lots of musical interests and began to collaborate soon after.”

When standing on stage, Lori feels “We are engaged in a pure exchange with one another. The lineage of this beautiful exchange, between the musician and an audience, must go back very very far, so it is exciting for me to keep this awesome tradition of ‘live performance’ alive.”

www.loricotler.com     www.glenvelez.com  

 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=EV7KXGZdTog  

 

 



Previous Posts

Sexpot With Stretchmarks
Imagine having your own personal cheerleader who enthusiastically reminds you that you are gorgeous, worthy, creative, brilliant and loveable. Would you believe her? Would you say "Who are you kidding? I'm overweight, under-paid, over worked and under-played." Jenny G. Perry is a Renaissance Woma

posted 10:35:58am Jan. 29, 2015 | read full post »

How Do You Create A Life That You Love?
  One of the most essential questions you can ask yourself,  is the one presented in the title of this article. We have a choice to experience an existence that takes us from the day of our birth to the day of our death, with the 'same old, same old' activities that is about getting by OR w

posted 9:29:54pm Jan. 28, 2015 | read full post »

Is Sleep Highly Over-rated?
    I had long believed and expressed that sleep was highly over-rated whenever someone would ask how I managed to maintain what I called a 'crazy-busy' schedule that included a full time job, several over-lapping consulting jobs, raising a child as a single parent after being widowe

posted 9:08:03am Jan. 28, 2015 | read full post »

The Gift of Vulnerability
A quote from one of my favorite books has set the stage for an ongoing process in my life. The Velveteen Rabbit is a tale of a little boy whose toys dispense wisdom to each other,  the child and the reader of this classic. The rabbit, who is a bit insecure and wondering if the tot will favor him, a

posted 10:17:06am Jan. 26, 2015 | read full post »

On the Elevator
  Yesterday I received a surprise in the mail. It was a tiny pocket sized book called Back To Joy that was compiled by author June Cotner. It contains tidbits of wisdom from the likes of Anne Lamott, John Welwood, Winston Churchill, Helen Keller, Rachel Carson, Og Mandino and someone else wh

posted 9:26:51pm Jan. 24, 2015 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.