Talking eternal music with a profoundly moving artist.
The Philadelphia-born singer, composer and instrumentalist Beverly Glenn-Copeland's recording career spans half a century. But it's only in recent years that his esoteric but deeply moving songs have gained a new life and his full cultural significance come into clear relief. Originally trained as a virtuosic singer of German lieder, his two self-titled LPs from the early '70s and 1986's Keyboard Fantasies couldn't be more different—the former spanning 20th century art song to blues, the latter, new age to proto-techno—but both have become cult classics powerful enough to bring the septuagenarian back to the stage and into the hearts of a new generation of listeners.
This conversation, recorded last year with Zakia Sewell, shows Copeland has the humility of an artist who thinks in universal and infinite terms. Likening himself to a "radio antenna" picking up messages from the natural and spiritual worlds, Copeland shares a down-to-earth but profound philosophy that's crucial both to his uniquely moving music and beatific way of being.