1. Evelyn Glennie, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IU3V6zNER4g
The deaf drummer gives a discussion about our entire bodies resonating sounds. She shows us how to truly listen to music. I wonder if Beethoven also had this philosophy.
2. Jose Antonio Abreu, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uintr2QX-TU
This Venezeulan humanitarian helped to solve juvanile deliquency in his country through founding a youth orchestra. The project was so successful that some of the orchestra's former members now enjoy international music careers, including Gustavo Dudemal, who now acts as a conductor and music director for the Los Angeles Symphony.
3. Gustavo Dudemal, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_El7qwib0dc&feature=fvwrel
Well, watch the video to experience the excitement of this Latin American audience witnessing a top youth orchestra, made up of children from different economic backgrounds and experiences.
4. Violetta Parra, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w67-hlaUSIs
The late Chilean poet and songwriter was a founder of the neuvo cancion (new song) movement of South America, which combined music of indigenous people, socio-political messages, and Latin American poetry. Sadly, this beautiful voice ended her life decades ago.
5. Keola Beamer, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFkLiZuW1c8
Part one of a documentary on Hawaiian slack key master Keola Beamer. You'll fall in love with this instrument and this musician.