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Evelyn Glennie Christens A Rock Xylophone In The UK

By Andy Doerschuk Published August 20, 2010

You might ask for clarification the next time someone refers to his or her favorite rock drummer. Famed British percussionist Evelyn Glennie took the term quite literally when she performed yesterday on a rock xylophone made from slate quarried from the Lakeland district of England’s Cumbria county. She debuted the instrument — built with the help of inmates of the region’s Haverigg Prison — at Brantwood, the former home of the late English artist, poet, and critic, John Ruskin. Future visitors to Brantwood will be able to play the instrument, which will provide interactive explanations of the geological properties of the rocks as they are played.

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