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Dennis James playing the glass armonica

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on Feb. 25, 2010 at 10:36 am |
February 26, 2010 10:51 am

If any of you read my story last Sunday on local musician and Renaissance Man Dennis James, you’ll realize that the chance to see and hear someone playing the glass armonica is both right on our doorstep (James lives at the Harmon Lofts downtown) and very rare (he’s one of only a few players in the world, and is moving soon to the East Coast.)

For those who haven’t read the story: The glass armonica is an instrument invented by Benjamin Franklin, and involves a set of concentric glass bowls played by rubbing the rims with a wet finger. Amazing sound, and really tricky to play. James is a maestro not only of this instrument but of many others, including theater organ.

Anyhow, I took my own (rather jiggly) video during my interview with James, and here it is.

For a much better view, go to his concert with the Odeon Quartet at 7:30 p.m. March 8 at the Seattle Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave., Seattle. $20/$10, includes post-concert reception. 206-652-4255,www.townhallseattle.org

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