International News

Oct 16, 2015
USA - Josh Quillen is playing, teaching, drilling, thinking, and perhaps dreaming pan from campus halls to concert halls, from Trinidad to Brooklyn, from dance performances to a digital album. On his return from the International Conference and Panorama competition where he performed with the Brooklyn Steel Orchestra (who earned a respectable fourth place tie with Phase II), Quillen was at the Brooklyn Labor Day Panorama where he drilled the Crossfire Steel Orchestra along with his former student Kendall Williams, the band’s arranger. Reflecting on the summer of pan activities, Quillen very much enjoyed his time at the International Conference and Panorama, noting that “I had a blast!” and he had strong praise for the Skiffle Bunch Steel Orchestra and their manager Junia Regrello for their hospitality, support, and use of instruments. Like other foreign bands attending the International Conference and Panorama, different note configurations on the low steelpan sets proved a challenge for several players.

Oct 14, 2015
USA - Six Steel Orchestras battled at the Miami Broward Carnival Panorama Competition 2015.

1. Pantasticks - 272 pts
2. Karibbean Knights - 264 pts
3. Tambooo Bamboo - 263 pts
4. Silver Stars USA & Sticks 'n Tones (tied) - 256
6. Resurrection Steel
Oct 8, 2015
T&T - For many decades and counting, Rudy “Two Left” Smith has quietly been one of the great steelpan ambassadors to the world. His influence is felt far and wide, especially in the jazz world. Smith’s unsung accomplishments were recognised when he was inducted into the Sunshine Awards Hall of Fame in New York on October 3. This most recent celebration of Smith’s career comes on the heels of a career-spanning album What Pan Did for Me released this past summer.

Sep 29, 2015
AU - A Review by Mark Loquan, Musical Director, Perth Pandemix

What happens when you have a lot of pan enthusiasts from players, tuners, Carnival mas players, arrangers, and pan supporters in one place? You get lots of music, but more than that, you get another step in the development of pan, this time in Brisbane, Queensland, in Australia, where steelbands appeared from all over Australia and New Zealand for the 2nd Australian Steelpan Festival held at West End State School grounds.
Sep 24, 2015
T&T - After calling the unfinished structure that was intended to be Pan Trinbago’s headquarters in Trincity an “eyesore which represents the worst of Trinidad and Tobago”, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said: “We have to return to the idea of finding a suitable headquarters for Pan Trinbago.” Rowley was the featured speaker at Invaders Steel Orchestra’s 75th anniversary gala awards and dinner on Tuesday night at the Banquet Hall and Conference Centre at MovieTowne, Port of Spain. “The building is a relic, something we refuse to accept. Maybe it was to be something marvellous that did not get to the right stage, but it is now standing in a canefield,” said Rowley. “Why not find a place in Port of Spain for the headquarters? Some things belong in the city. It draws on its location and the headquarters of the steelpan should be where people are. It is within our ability to find a location; we have to fix that. Maybe we can use the building in Trincity for something else. But we will help. Anything I can do from the office I now hold will be done,” he added.

Sep 22, 2015
T&T - Who would have thought that a Japanese steelband would be able to come to Trinidad, compete in an international Panorama - playing a non-Calypso - and still place in the top ten? This is the story of Yoshihiro Harada and his Panorama Steel Orchestra from Tokyo, Japan.


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