Touch the Sound

Rated NR 99 minutes 2005

Thomas Riedelsheimer, director of the exquisite Rivers and Tides (about environmental artist Andy Goldsworthy), sets his sights upon percussionist Evelyn Glennie in this documentary. A Scot in her mid-30s, Glennie has garnered international attention for her music, despite the fact that she is 80 percent deaf. With an inborn passion for rhythm, she "hears" through her body, feeling music in her flesh and bones. In fact, she is so carefully and tenaciously attuned to the music of existence as to approach a kind of enlightenment: She obviously has a lot to teach "so-called hearing people," as she calls them, about the nature of sound and of experience. The film is a slow meditation on Glennie's music and her way of being, with most of the footage consumed by her improvisations with musicians around the world. Riedelsheimer uses gorgeous, undulating shots of water and light to capture a visual expression of sound. It's a beautiful movie, but not an easy one: Touch the Sound demands patience, attention, and commitment.

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Director: Thomas Riedelsheimer

Writer: Thomas Riedelsheimer

Cast: Fred Frith and Evelyn Glennie

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