International News

Sep 14, 2017

Pan grips Woodstock

T&T - “Pan is de man!” Without question Woodstock, Illinois believes so, after witnessing the groundbreaking production of the Cousoumeh Caravan 2017 Tour, a 37-member ensemble of the Siparia Deltones Institute of Steel Drums and Music. A riveting tale of personified genres of music that all started with drum, an African slave woman who gives birth to jazz and calypso, whose progeny becomes steelpan. Gripping the sold out audience of the Woodstock Opera House with elements to play on the senses, the narrator sets the scene with imaginative openings, as the ears found meaning with songs that found synchronicity throughout the tale. While the orchestra played, an overhead projector forced the eyes to digest the reality of steelpan’s story; from the oppression of slavery, the triumph of the African spirit found its way through music.