The frame drum is one of the most ancient types of musical instruments. It is a single headed drum, which includes the Western tambourine, whose origins encompass the Ancient Middle East, India, Rome and which reached medieval Europe through Islamic culture. During Glen Velez's illustrious career he has single-handedly popularized this ancient drum for the modern world.  Four time Grammy Award winner, Glen Velez is the founding Father of the modern Frame Drum movement and is regarded as a legendary figure among musicians and audiences world-wide. Velez brought a new genre of drumming to the contemporary music scene by creating his own performance style inspired by years of percussion and frame drumming studies from various cultures. Velez's virtuosic combinations of hand movements, finger techniques, along with his original compositional style, which incorporates stepping, drum language and Central Asian Overtone singing (split-tone singing), has undoubtedly opened new possibilities for musicians around the globe, resulting in a shift in modern percussion.

Velez is the first percussionist to gain international recognition as a successful solo artist using frame drums.. Adorned with a rich international artistic legacy his plethora of sounds have inspired decades of collaborations with an epic and eclectic list  Velez is a prolific session musician and his signature sound can be heard on numerous films, television commercials and modern dance scores. He is also an experienced collaborator in Early Music, including a renowned recording with the Ensemble for Early Music entitled Istampita. Velez has recorded on hundreds of albums.

Glen is a prolific composer whose compositions have been used extensively by dance companies and he has written numerous compositions for his own ensembles as well as chamber music for various combinations Read more at http://www.glenvelez.com/