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Wex[EP]: Beverly Glenn-Copeland

Live Q&A moderated by DJ Moxy Martinez follows

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Join the much-heralded singer and composer Beverly Glenn-Copeland for an intimate performance from his home, followed by a live Q&A with moderator DJ Moxy Martinez.

Throughout a 50-year recording career, Beverly Glenn-Copeland’s music has defied categorization and genre, a spirit vividly captured in the just-released Transmissions: the Music of Beverly Glenn-Copeland (Transgressive Records). This career-spanning retrospective of Glenn-Copeland’s remarkable body of music demonstrates the scope, ambition, and innovation of his compositions, which are currently garnering attention by a new generation of fans and artists.

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Beverly Glenn-Copeland studied the classical piano repertoire from “cradlehood” (in the artist’s own words) listening to his father playing the piano four to five hours a day. He went on to study classical music at McGill University in Canada, and then after a few years of primarily singing the European song repertoire, he suddenly felt called to write music that would weave all the different musical cultures he had come to love.

During his lifetime, Glenn-Copeland has written a large and varied body of work, including four musicals for children, music for films, and six full-length albums. He’s received composition awards from the Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, and Arts NB. Concurrent with writing compositions for adults, Glenn wrote music for children’s television programs in England, Canada, and the US and spent 25 years entertaining kids as a regular actor on the Mr. Dress-Up Show. After years of absence from the concert stage, Glenn-Copeland has resumed performing with his new band, Indigo Rising, in Canada and Europe, and delivering accompanying artist talks. With great joy and appreciation Glenn acknowledges his deep connection with the younger generations that are now so enthusiastically embracing his music.

More about Wex[EP]
As today’s vocabulary has expanded to include “social distancing” and “essential businesses,” the Wex has entered into a conversation with some of our favorite local artists to bring you Essential Performances. With a nod to the short-form, often experimental nature of extended-play records, the Wex[EP] series seeks to document a facet of each artist’s practice and explore innovative ways of communing with one another during this rupture of routine.

Join us this fall as we chart a better tomorrow with the thinkers, players, movers, and makers to whom we continue to look for joy and inspiration. If you are able, please consider supporting each artist by using the links located on this page.

View the Wex[EP] lineup.

More about the artist
Official webpage
“Listeners found Beverly Glenn-Copeland. It was time.” New York Times

"There are three challenges in my life. The first is being black in a white culture. The second is being transgendered in a hetero-normative culture. The third is being an artist in a business culture."
Beverly Glenn-Copeland
Beverly Glenn-Copeland stands in front of a gray wall

Beverly Glenn-Copeland | Photo by Alex Sturrock

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Greater Columbus Arts Council
Ohio Arts Council
American Electric Power Foundation
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