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Evelyn Glennie Inducted into Pas Hall of Fame

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Clearwater, Florida Hammerax, famed for making cymbal-like instruments with sustain and musical effects that go well beyond the sonic possibilities of ordinary cymbals, has made Dame Glennie an official endorser. The first artist to sustain a full-time career as a touring solo percussionist, Glennie performs on the company's Boomywhang hybrids, which produce deep, fluttering sounds with cymbal-like highs. She also is playing Hammerax glass hybrids, instruments that can be crashed, raked or rolled with one hand. This approach to playing produces an intense wobble with eerie high-pitched tones.

Her collaborations have included performances with artists such as Nana Vasconcelos, Bobby McFerrin, Bela Fleck, Bjork and countless other artists. She was inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame on November 7 at the PASIC convention in Austin, Texas.

Of her colorful Hammerax hybrids, Glennie says, "Life begins with sound and ends with sound. The sense of curiosity that percussionists have seems to be forever magnified and there's no question that Hammerax has made it a commitment to stretch our imagination and curiosity beyond words. The range of products is fantastic with so many possibilities for their use in countless different musical contexts. I have no limits as to how I use these products - they are simply a great addition to my already expansive range of instruments."

"Glennie is the perfect endorser for our products due to her playing style," said John Stannard, founder of Hammerax. "Many of the Hammerax hybrids have found a home with classical percussionsist like her, but they also function as a new source of effects for drum set players. All our pieces are stick playable and very tough."

Hammerax also noted that it will add more endorsers for its innovative line of cymbal products in the near future.

About Hammerax

Hammerax has an interesting history based on the life of founder John Stannard. Stannard grew up building instruments, constructing a banjo at age 6 and then building guitars with his father, a piano rebuilder and tuner by trade. In 1979 Stannard formed Om percussion, the company that would go on to invent the energy chime, the double row chime tree and the laminated temple block. In 1985 J W Stannard company was formed to make wind chimes tuned to ancient scales. In 1993 Stannard began hammering bronze, later studying traditional techniques on the island of Bali. In 2006, a lifetime of listening followed by a long and focused research period paid off. The small studio of metal smiths headed by Stannard unveiled a new line of hand hammered stick-playable hybrid instruments These hybrids combine instrument classes to form surprising results.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Evelyn Glennie
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