cult artist & trans activist Beverly Glenn-Copeland playing first-ever US show in NYC; new doc coming
Singer-songwriter, composer and transgender activist Beverly Glenn-Copeland left America to study music in Canada in the early 1960s and never came back. He released two classical/jazz-leaning albums in 1970, but would not record again till he made what is considered his masterpiece, 1986’s Keyboard Fantasies. Originally self-released on cassette in 1986 and made entirely on a Yamaha DX-7 and a Roland TR-707, Keyboard Fantasies is a gorgeous album that that falls somewhere between ambient music and new age folk. The album was rediscovered this decade, and reissued in 2017. This year, his 2004 album, Primal Prayer (his only album since Keyboard Fantasies) was reissued. You can listen both below.
With the reissue of Keyboard Fantasies, interest in Beverly Glenn-Copeland’s music grew to an all-time high. He began performing live with band Indigo Rising, and is also the subject of a new documentary, Keyboard Fantasies: The Beverly Glenn-Copeland Story, that will make its world premiere at London’s Barbican Center on November 2. You can watch the trailer for that below.
Glenn-Copeland will come to NYC at MoMA PS1 on December 8 for his first-ever U.S. live performance, where he’ll be backed by Indigo Rising. The event will also include a screening of the film. as well as a Q&A moderated by TV on the Radio’s Kyp Malone. Tickets are on sale.
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Beverly Glenn-Copeland – 2019 Tour Dates
Nov 08 – Yes Manchester, UK
Nov 10 – Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) -Glasgow, UK
Nov 13 – Bush Hall – London, UK
Nov 19 – TivoliVredenburg – Utrecht, Netherlands
Nov 22 – Bablyon Bar Festival – Leuven, Belgium
Dec 08 – MoMA PS1 – NYC