The Virtual Steelpan Conference will be an interactive and innovative gathering of pannists, musicians, academics, and enthusiasts from a global network collaborating to establish and advance ideas for the enhancement and preservation of the steelpan art form. This event is PanNotation’s first conference. The Conference Committee would like to use its platform for sharing knowledge, discussing current topics, and networking with colleagues from around the world, among other ventures.
Liam Teague will explore “All Things Steelpan”. He will talk about the instrument’s history, construction, development of variously “voiced” steelpan instruments, its place in modern music, education trends and music repertoire, among other topics. While often associated with the sunny music of the Caribbean, the steelpan is a remarkably versatile percussion instrument that has evolved to encompass a family of instruments capable of producing any genre of music.
Attendees are asked to pre-register online.
Teague, who directs the internationally renowned Northern Illinois University Steelband, will be assisted by members of the steelband in demonstrating the instruments and playing some representative musical selections.
Teague is a professor of music and head of steelpan studies at NIU, and the recipient of an NIU Presidential Research, Scholarship and Artistry Professor Award.
When much of the world faced the heights of COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns in 2020, PanoGrama emerged as an innovative option to fill a void left in the steelpan community, and the wider society. The virtual steelpan competition, which debuted on Instagram and featured many regional and international pannists, has since expanded its delivery to YouTube and Facebook. It returns this year not only to social media, but it is set to be distributed via television internationally.
PanoGrama 2022 – The World Cup of Steelpan will be broadcasted on One Caribbean Television, a channel that is dedicated to uniting the Caribbean by providing a platform to highlight the beautiful people and places of the region. Its signal airs in 19 countries across the world including the US, Canada, and across the Caribbean. Some countries in the Caribbean where the channel is shown are Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Bahamas, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Trinidad & Tobago.
“I am extremely happy to share this new development with everyone!” said an excited Nevin Roach; CEO and Founder of PanoGrama Entertainment. “This is another opportunity for us to share this amazing instrument with the world. It also puts PanoGrama in a position to offer more marketing opportunities to our valuable sponsors”, added Roach.
This year will also see a more diverse adjudication panel, with the addition of Dr. Mia Gormandy-Benjamin, an Assistant Professor of music at the University of Trinidad & Tobago. The first-ever female PanoGrama adjudicator will join Professor Liam Teague and Victor Provost as the three main adjudicators, with Ojay Richards and Andy Chichester ready to fill in as substitutes; all of whom served on the panel last year.
Join world-class performers for a spectacular celebration of Caribbean music on the oceanfront in beautiful Virginia Beach!
Workshop: Our guest clinicians will workshop a mass band/ensemble song to perform with all bands participating in the PANFest Friday Workshop. Each steel band will be divided up by sections (high pans, middle pans, & low/bass pans) to get instruction from some of the foremost teachers in the steel band community before coming together to perform a mass band tune. These cross-ensemble sectionals will give your students the opportunity to meet and perform with a wide range of players from around the US, all while developing the techniques needed to execute a high level of musicianship.
PANFestival: All ensembles have the opportunity to perform in our Virginia International PANFest competition that is free and open to the public! We will be celebrating this incredible art form with live performances that will feature 15 – 20 minute long live performances of steel bands from across the US, ending the day with performances from our Opening and Headlining entertainment.
The Flying Pans will perform energetic and soothing sounds of the steel drum featuring calypso, soca, Latin, jazz and rock. Don’t miss the return of this upbeat musical group to the Opera House!
The Pella Opera House is proud to provide quality arts entertainment to Pella and surrounding communities at affordable rates.
steel pannist Victor Provost, who is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading voices on the unique, and often misunderstood, steelpan, will deliver his signature Trinidadian steelpan performance at Flushing Town Hall.
Provost, who was born and raised on the island of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, leads a musical ensemble that seamlessly weaves together Caribbean roots music, traditional jazz, and world rhythms. Fronted by the pioneering steel pannist, the group explores the music of the Americas and the English-Speaking Caribbean through innovative compositions and thoughtful arrangements.
Through appearances at concert halls, clubs, and stages throughout the world, Provost has developed a reputation as a dazzling soloist, crafting an impressive improvisational voice and style. With a strong foundation in bebop, a contemporary sensibility, and deep roots in Caribbean music, he seamlessly melds and mixes genres.
Provost has performed and recorded with jazz luminaries such as Wynton Marsalis & the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, NEA Jazz Master Paquito D’Rivera, Hugh Masekela, Monty Alexander, Joe Locke, Nicholas Payton, David Sanchez, Terell Stafford, Dave Samuels, Steve Nelson, Ron Blake, and Wycliffe Gordon, among others.
The incredible lineup at Flushing Town Hall on May 21st will include Victor Provost (steelpan), Alex Brown (piano), Edward Perez (bass), Eric Doob (drums), and special guest Chico Pinhiero (guitar).
“We are so excited to finally welcome the talented Victor Provost to our audiences as the pandemic delayed his appearance on our stage,” says Ellen Kodadek, Executive and Artistic Director of Flushing Town Hall. “His Caribbean rhythms mixed with jazz and world music elements are full of energy and feel-good vibes. The steelpan is a joyous instrument and one not usually associated with a jazz ensemble – come check out this incredible jazz ensemble and hear sounds and rhythms that will delight and surprise you!”
When not performing on a global stage, Provost is an Adjunct Professor of Music at George Mason University and conducts residencies and master classes throughout the United States and the Caribbean at schools such as Berklee College of Music in Boston, University of Akron, Miami University, NYU, TTU, and Northern Illinois University.
Provost is also an Arts Ambassador to his hometown of the U.S. Virgin Islands, which honored him with a Special Congressional Recognition in 2014, and to which returns frequently to perform and teach as part of Dion Parson’s community-based arts initiative, the United Jazz Foundation.
The Washington D.C. City Paper’s “Jazz Percussionist of the Year” six years in a row, his most recent recording, Bright Eyes, debuted at #5 on the iTunes Top 40 Jazz Charts and was met with praise from The Washington Post, Downbeat Magazine, and Jazz Times.
This performance will be streamed live for FREE on Flushing Town Hall’s YouTube Channel. (RSVP HERE to receive the streaming link and reminder email!)
This engagement is made possible through the Jazz Touring Network program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
The SML Steel Drum and Marimbas bands are preparing to perform a family concert, with proceeds going to the capital fund drive for the SML Center’s “Grand Plan” to purchase the vacant Grand Furniture showroom at Westlake and convert it to a center for arts, education, entertainment and private events.
Tickets, sold only at the door.
“Its quite fitting that a bevy of local musicians would entertain to help create a venue where performing arts can thrive at the Lake,” said “Pandaddy” Richard Rudolph, who is hoping to relocate the “pan yard” where the bands practice to the SML Center facility.”
Steelband Cariba, Konzert im Wohnheim Loomatt in Stallikon.
Splash of Steel, featuring: Gemini Pan Groove, Panatics Steelband Network, New Dimension Steel Orchestra, Pan Fantasy Steelband, Eliana Sinclair, Noel La Pierre, Earl La Pierre Jr., and Dance Caribe Performing Company.
The youth steelbands of Steel Magic Northwest will present their annual “Here Comes the Sun” concert to welcome summer at the Edmonds Center for the Arts on Sunday, June 12th, at 5:00 p.m. The annual event returns to being a live, indoor event after two years of being online-only due to COVID restrictions.
The groups will perform a widely-varied repertoire of classical, pop, samba, salsa, calypso and soca music in their annual season-pinnacle concert to welcome the summer. The groups range in size from 22 to 32 players – large enough to have a fuller, more orchestral sound than is typical in the Pacific Northwest. The concert will feature performances by their flagship ensemble, the Pan Wizards Steel Orchestra, a group of high school-aged musicians most of whom have been performing in the steelband organization for six or seven years. Their director is Edmonds resident and steelpan artist Gary Gibson.
Tickets for the concert are available from the Edmonds Center for the Arts Box Office, www.ec4arts.org, (425) 275-9595, 410 Fourth Avenue, Edmonds.
For more information about the concert or the organization and its various classes (including their adult group, Mystical Steel), upcoming events, and other activities, visit their website at www.steelmagicnorthwest.org, or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.