US – A young Victor Provost walked into his St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, home after hearing a song in his class. He asked his father if he’d ever heard the tune before. His dad selected a record from his collection and placed it on the turntable.
“I’ve never heard anything like it before,” said Provost.
Provost, a renowned steel pannist, has played across the globe, and teaches classes in world music at George Mason University.
The musicial will visit Syracuse from Nov. 7 to 10 to teach a steel drums master class and a perform with the Insomniac Wookies at La Casita Cultural Center.
Provost first picked up music from his father, whom he described as a “Renaissance man.” He said he remembers his father’s instruments laying around his house.
“I remember being very young and him showing me, note–for–note, how to play tunes like (Beethoven’s) “Für Elise,” and (Doris Day’s) “Sentimental Journey.”
Growing up, Provost heard jazz tunes and bossa nova records from musicians like jazz-pianist Chick Corea and a jazz-bossa nova album called “Getz/Gilberto” by Stan Getz and João Gilberto. He was later influenced by these types of sounds which eventually created be-bop, jazz music, jazz and island fusion.