International News

Apr 27, 2017
T&T - Beautiful music was the common note which threaded entertainment activity last weekend, though the entertainment menu actually began the previous Wednesday when Q’s Place on Wrightson Road, Port-of-Spain, was the venue for an evening of calypso and comedy. The stand up comedic aspect of the show was supplied by Tommy Joseph and Nuts Landing while the calypso cast included Bro Alpha, Hamidullah, Myron B, Johnny King and Humorous Calypso Monarch Brother Ebony.

[Guardian]
Apr 27, 2017
T&T - The Northern Illinois University (NIU) Steelband has dedicated its annual Spring concert to Trinidadian pan icon Cliff Alexis who recently retired after 30 years of co-directing the NIU steelband. The concert which takes place on April 30, will be streamed live on the Internet. Later in May, Alexis will be further honoured by NIU as he receives an honorary degree of Doctor of Human Letters in celebration of his many accomplishments and service to the university.

[Guardian]
Apr 25, 2017
France, 44000 Nantes, 29, rue de Strasbourg - 27. mai 2017

Le 27 mai, pour ses 20 ans, Calyps’Atlantic, le steelband nantais descendra dans les rues du centre-ville, à l’unisson de nombreux autres steelbands français, pour le premier festival national dédié à l’instrument.

Festival national… mais pas seulement : les grands parrains trinidadiens, luthier, accordeurs, arrangeurs, n’ont jamais lâché les petits cousins nantais. Ils seront aussi de l’expérience. Celle-ci s’achèvera le samedi soir sur la grande scène des Nefs de Nantes. Pour mieux reprendre le lendemain, à la Carrière de Saint-Herblain, avec les enfants du pan.

Festival National des Steelbands
Apr 22, 2017
USA - Joshua Regrello raced across the surface of Sweet Briar’s Lower Lake on a stand-up paddleboard, just a nose-length behind Briana McCall ’17. And, when McCall followed her paddling exploits by executing a handstand on the board, Regrello tried it, too — and tumbled into the water. He gave no outward sign as his band mates laughed from their perches on the Boathouse dock, but surely the water, so early in the Central Virginia spring, felt chilly to the Caribbean Islander. No matter. There were laughs and banter and plenty of selfies.

[sbc.edu]
Apr 21, 2017
USA - NIU’s Cliff Alexis is retiring, and he’s going out on a high note. The longtime co-director of the world-renowned NIU Steelband – and master of the art of building steel drums – will be feted during a concert in his honor beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 30, in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Additionally, Alexis will be presented with an honorary doctoral degree during the NIU Graduate School commencement ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 12, at the NIU Convocation Center. Friends and dignitaries from around the world will be in attendance for the Steelband concert, including the Honorable Anthony Phillips-Spencer, ambassador from Alexis’ native Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, where the steelpan was invented and remains the national instrument.

[NIU Today]
Apr 19, 2017
USA - Thousands of dollars in steel is expanding the sound of one East Texas high school band. Chapel Hill ISD received an entire steel drum band, worth $17,000. The drums which have Caribbean origins will now be a centerpiece in the Chapel Hill High School band hall. "You get to dance while you play,” said Senior Chase Miller. Each instrument has its own range of pitches. Some are higher and others are lower. "You can see how there are so many different surfaces in one instrument," said Tim McCormick, President Youth Steel Band Foundation. The entire set of steel drums was donated to the Bulldog Band by the Youth Steel Band Foundation.

[KLTV] incl. video
Apr 17, 2017
T&T - Spring is in the air, which means it is time once again for the annual Inside Out steelband festival in Austin, Texas. This year the festival celebrates its 20th anniversary and will feature Andy Narell on April 18 and Northern Illinois University professor of steelpan Liam Teague on an additional concert on May 4.

The Inside Out Steelband festival is an extension of the Inside Out programme which has a tradition of featuring virtuosic pannists from across the globe as guest artists at its festival. These include American and international pannists such as Tom Miller, Andy Narell, Ray Holman, Liam Teague, Leon Foster Thomas, Victor Provost, and Antiguan Khan Cordice.

[Guardian]
Apr 12, 2017
USA - Woodstock, New York is renowned for the rockfest held in 1969 that attracted thousands of music-lovers hankering for an outdoor communal gathering of like-minded rock and roll aficionados. Last weekend, Woodstock, Illinois may have imprinted its own music legacy hosting the Great Lakes Steelpan Festival at Creekside Middle School. Celebrating its fifth year, guest artists Gary Gibson, Kurry Seymour, Akinola Cennon and Potts & Pans Steel Band joined five bands from four states to present pannists ranging from middle school to college to herald the music of Trinidad & Tobago.

[Caribbean Life News]
Apr 11, 2017
T&T - Steelpan was taken to the next level with the launch of Pan Jam, a fully immersive steel pan music platform brought to life by local design agency, Dingole Ltd. Professional panist Tevin Shockness, performed the National Anthem on the prototype which was officially unveiled at Soft Box Studios, Alacazar Street, St Clair on April 5. The prototype’s key features were highlighted, including a tenor pan demonstration played against the virtual setting of a Caribbean island. Attendees were also treated to a tour of the Virtual Steel Pan Museum, which contains a comprehensive timeline of the birth and evolution of steel pan in Trinidad and Tobago. Through the use of HTC vive, hand controllers become virtual pan sticks that, when struck against virtual steel pans, resonate a range of tones synonymous with the real instrument. Musical notes then appear in 3D space, completely immersing players in a “Carnivalesque” visual sound-dance that represents the melodies, rhythms and chords of a particular musical selection.

[Looptt]
Apr 9, 2017
GY - Letter: I was pleased to read, if belatedly, the Wednesday, February 22, Stabroek News editorial headed ‘Pan-O-Rama.’ As a member of the steel pan fraternity, I must say that while much of it was okay, I found some key points to be both extremely misleading and disturbing. O P Steelpan (Music) Nation, of which I am the founder/proprietor is a full service establishment, the leading supplier of quality steel pans and accessories for over thirty-five years. Our clients are both local (Allied Arts Unit, Ministry of Education, churches, private schools, community groups, individuals) and foreign from the USA, Barbados, Brazil, Belize and French Guiana. We are currently negotiating an order to supply our products to the Bahamas.

[Stabroek News]

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