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The Bradley Years represent the definitive collection of steelband music arrangements and performances for a large steel orchestra. This collection showcases seven classic arrangements from the master arranger Clive Bradley.  Bradley is considered to be the best steelband music arranger ever by many, including his peers.  In addition, the arrangements are performed by one of the finest steelbands in the world, New York’s Pantonic Steel Orchestra. Clive Bradley had a very special relationship with Pantonic.  This orchestra clinched the title of panorama champions five times in seven years - performing Bradley’s musical works.  The performances were captured by Basement Recordings days before, and in one instance, mere moments before they took the stage for the prestigious annual steelband music panorama competition. 

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BU Percussion Ensemble concert Tuesday
 

Binghamton, New York, USA - The Binghamton University Percussion Ensemble, directed by Joel Smales, will perform 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Osterhout Concert Theater at BU.

The program will include “Slap Happy” and “The General,” written by Smales, as well as “Galloping Comedians” by Dmitry Kabalevsky, “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded” by J.S. Bach and “Extremes” by David Mancini. The highlight of the concert will be Bob Marley's “Three Little Birds” and “One Love” performed by the newly formed BU Steel Drum Band.
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Web Posted - Monday November 24, 2014
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Rudolph ‘Rudy’ King - The Father of the Steelband in America

by Doris Green
 

Rudy KingGlobal - Born in Trinidad, Rudy King is known as the first person to bring the steel pan to United States in 1949. He started his first band in Brooklyn the same year. Rudy moved to Harlem in 1950 on 112th Street between St. Nicholas and Seventh Avenues and continued his band. He later moved to 123rd Street and Morningside Avenue and then returned to Brooklyn. Rudy called his band Tropican. In appearances at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in May 12, 1956, he was billed as the Trinidad Panamonic Steel Band and at other concert halls he was known as Rudolph King and his Trinidad Steel Band.
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Web Posted - Wednesday November 19, 2014
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Song for Panorama 2015
‘The Big Idea’
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Edwin “Crazy” Ayoung
 

Global - Edwin “Crazy” Ayoung from Trinidad & Tobago is a master whether it’s Calypso, Parang Soca, Chutney Soca, Groovy or Power Soca.

He is an experienced performer and comfortable in social commentary, humorous calypso, witty double-entendre and party soca.

“Crazy” is pleased to be the vocalist of choice on this piece ‘The Big Idea’ penned by Phil Hawkins and Lars Hansson. He has already performed several other tracks for the upcoming Panorama season, including Suzy Q, Pan Wall To Wall and Respect Yuh Elder.
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Web Posted - Wednesday November 19, 2014
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Song for Panorama 2015
‘Passion For Pan’
sung by Barnett “Preacher” Henry
 

Lynette “The Priestess” RockeGlobal - Calypsonian Barnett “Preacher” Henry was in conversation with Chaguanas, Trinidad-born steelband and culture lover Lynette “The Priestess” Rocke (pictured) when she excitedly proclaimed her passion for the pan.  This led to “Preacher” promising to write her a song entitled ‘Passion for Pan.’

The track, also sung by “Preacher,” has just been released, and Ms. Rocke is the executive producer.
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Web Posted - Wednesday November 19, 2014
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Supernovas Steel Orchestra and Jazz Legend Monty Alexander Join 2014 Moods Of Pan Line-up
 

Antigua & Barbuda, W.I. - Championship band Supernovas Steel Orchestra will enthrall music lovers in Antigua for the annual Moods Of Pan festival being held in the twin-island country’s capital of St. John’s at the end of the month. The orchestra will take the stage on both nights of the festival, November 29 and 30. Supernovas are the 2014 champions in Trinidad & Tobago’s small conventional steel orchestra category and are performing for the first time in Antigua.

....Monty Alexander, one of the biggest jazz legends to have come out of the Caribbean, will also be bringing his incredible talents to Moods Of Pan.
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Web Posted - Tuesday November 18, 2014
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All-steel group to perform Christmas shows in Florida

The Virginia All-Steel Orchestra will perform at Universal Studios in Florida on Christmas Day and Dec. 26. The band performed at the park last year, but only one show. Above, the orchestra performs.
 

Virginia, USA - It’s unlikely that it will be a white Christmas for the Virginia All-Steel Orchestra. This year, the group will spend Christmas Day performing at Universal Studios in Florida.

Shawn Thwaites, executive director of the nonprofit Pan United Youth Movement and founder of the orchestra, said the group performed at Disney World in Florida last year. Unlike last year, however, the group will be performing not one but two shows — one on Christmas Day and the second on Dec. 26.

“We’re a part of their Christmas parade show that they have every year,” Thwaites said. “But we’re not a marching band, so they’re figuring out a stationary place for us to perform.
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Web Posted - Sunday November 16, 2014
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Song for Panorama 2015
‘The Pan Tones Ring’
sung by Jathniel “Jackspania” Thomas

Jathniel “Jackspania” Thomas
 

Global - Born in Arouca, east Trinidad, multi-talented musician Jathniel “Jackspania” Thomas first started playing the guitar at the age of ten and eventually learned other instruments including: Bass, Keyboard, Drums, Percussions and steel pan.

Thomas has resided in the U.S. for several years.  For the 2015 season, he has released two tracks for consideration in the ‘Pan song’ arena, including the one showcased here, ‘The Pan Tones Ring.’
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Web Posted - Saturday November 15, 2014
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Song for Panorama 2015
‘Steelband Comin’ Down’
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Louisa Paul
 

Global - Vocalist Louisa Paul was heard for the last Panorama season on a track called ‘Sweet Pan.’  She returns in the same capacity for the 2015 Panorama season this time voicing ‘Steelband Comin’ Down.’

Once again Louisa is working with composer Steve Neaves, who comes out in full support of the steelband instrument, art form and community with this track - while admonishing in part via its lyrical content.
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Web Posted - Saturday November 15, 2014
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Song for Panorama 2015
‘Pan Warriors’
sung by Jathniel “Jackspania” Thomas

Jathniel “Jackspania” Thomas
 

Global - Jathniel Thomas is the president of Moonstone productions and Japat Music School & Recording Studio, in which he partners with Cheryl Vincent who is a vocalist, registered nurse, and his background singer. As vocalist, composer, lyricist, arranger, producer, engineer and music teacher, the quest of Thomas is to create music that will be internationally appealing both in lyrical content and musicianship.

For the 2015 season, Thomas has two songs in the ‘running’ to date - the track featured here, ‘Pan Warriors,’ and The Pan Tones Ring.
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Web Posted - Friday November 14, 2014
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Song for Panorama 2015
‘Thanks’
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Roslyn Reid Hayes
 

Global - Roslyn Reid Hayes and was born in Belle Garden, Tobago. She started singing Calypso in 1986 and wrote her first Calypso in 1991, becoming a finalist in the Tobago Calypso Monarch Competition, placing third.

For 2015, her contribution in homage to the Steelpan, the National Instrument of Trinidad and Tobago is the track featured here, ‘Thanks.’ It pays tribute, and expresses gratitude and appreciation - to the Pan Fraternity of Trinidad & Tobago.
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Web Posted - Friday November 14, 2014
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Education Briefs - Hannah Robertson performs in concert
 

Iowa, USA - Hannah Robertson of Durango was one of 26 students to take part in the Cornell College Steel Drum Ensemble concert on Oct. 30.

The concert, held in Cornell College’s King Chapel, featured Halloween favorites, including the theme from the Addams Family and “The Monster Mash,” as well as the theme from “Star Wars” and “Crazy Train.”

The Steel Drum Ensemble is one of seven of the college’s ensembles, open to all students by audition. In addition to building group performance skills, the ensembles also offer undergraduate solo opportunities.
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Web Posted - Friday November 14, 2014
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Song for Panorama 2015
‘Dr. Samaroo’
sung by Anslem Douglas

Dr. Jit Samaroo and Mark Loquan - 2003
 

Global - Dr. Samaroo is a 2015 pan tune  composed by Mark Loquan with lyrics by Gregory “GB” Ballantyne, in honor of one of Trinidad & Tobago’s iconic steelband arrangers.

Loquan (at right in image) decided for 2015 to compose a piece for Dr. Jit Samaroo (left), a pan legend whom he met well over a decade ago.

The track is sung by Award-winning veteran vocalist Anslem Douglas.
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Web Posted - Thursday November 13, 2014
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Song for Panorama 2015
‘Rumbling Shores’
sung by Wayne “T.J.” Pierre

Wayne “T.J.” Pierre
 

Global - Wayne “T.J.” Pierre was born in December of 1964 in Tobago, the sister isle of Trinidad. He has been writing and singing professionally for over 30 years. Coming from a family with a strong musical and spiritual background Pierre’s career began as a young boy in Tobago.

....For the 2015 Panorama season Pierre returns with ‘Rumbling Shores’ arranged by Dave Ramoutar and background vocals provided by Carol Jacobs.  Pierre is both composer and singer on the track.
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Web Posted - Wednesday November 12, 2014
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A Night to Remember - Bravo, Bravo, Bravo - Kendall Williams ACO, NYU, BSO and the Steelpan

Kendall Williams
 

New York, New York - This is a magnificent music story that is so much more. It is a story about the human condition that allows one to grow, overcome, provide opportunity and affect change on a community.

The event was “Composers OutFront“ and the featured composer - NYU’s (New York University) recent masters graduate, Brooklyn’s Kendall Williams. There was a large capacity audience, great performances, standing ovations, thunderous applause and lots of accolades - but the story does not begin or end here. Rather it is another groove in that global ‘Phenomenal’ experience in the life of Pan. And at the same time, yes, it was a momentous occasion. Bravo Kendall Williams, Bravo!
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Web Posted - Tuesday November 11, 2014
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David Rudder Speaks! - Performing Artist, Composer, Musician Extraordinaire - UpClose!

David Rudder
 

Global - The name David Michael Rudder is synonymous with a thoughtful consideration for artistic integrity, an appreciation of culture, and an acute awareness of history. His gift for storytelling is second to none. And throughout his awarding-winning career the Pan, its people and the culture of Pan remains one of his treasured topics.

In this exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - musician, composer and performer David Rudder shares his thoughts on the steelpan art form and music of the Caribbean, then, now and tomorrow.
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Web Posted - Sunday November 9, 2014
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Finals for Southern Marines Steelband Foundation’s fourteenth consecutive Talent Expression Set
 

Marabella, Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - So The semi-final round of Talent Expression, the leading performance art talent competition in the South, organised by the Southern Marines Steelband Foundation has set the stage for a tremendous final night.

Eighteen performers faced the judges on Sunday 2nd November 2014 and twelve will face the judges at the Grand Final on Sunday November 16th at 7:30 pm at the Southern Marines Pan Palais in Marabella.

Four teenaged and pre-teen pan performances will appear in the Final headed by Rachel Dieffenthaller, who closely followed the tied front runners. Other pan performances include Terrique Granger, primary school student Akeem Cyrus and the duet of Terrique and Tyeesha Alexander.
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Web Posted - Friday November 7, 2014
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Song for Panorama 2015
‘Edwin’s Legacy’
sung by Eunice Peters

Eunice Peters
 

Global - Eunice Peters has been singing songs for the Pan since 1999 and has established herself as one of the top female singers in this area.  She was also a regular finalist in the Pan Song Competition placing second in 2004.

For the 2015 Panorama season Eunice pays homage in song to the late steelband arranger Edwin Pouchet with Edwin’s Legacy, written by Alvin Daniell and  Preacher “Barnett” Henry.
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Web Posted - Thursday November 6, 2014
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Song for Panorama 2015
‘Suzy Q’
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Calypso Crazy
 

Global - Edwin “Crazy” Ayoung is quite busy for the 2015 Panorama/Carnival season, already vocalizing several tracks, including this one, Suzy Q.   Co-written with Winsford “Joker” Devine and Lewis “Tempo” Rowans, Ayoung says that the song is dedicated to the legendary Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra and its arranger Leon “Smooth” Edwards.
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Web Posted - Wednesday November 5, 2014
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Song for Panorama 2015
‘The Girl Next Door (Neighbour)’
sung by Issa Jack

Issa Jack of The GKB Project
 

Global - The GKB Project is a production company based in Houston, Texas, USA. The founder is Issa Jack (pictured), a bass player hailing from the island of Tobago. Issa is a musician who has played and travelled extensively with different bands from Houston, New York, Asia, Europe and Trinidad & Tobago.

Issa is both the composer of and vocalist for the song featured here, The Girl Next Door (Neighbour).
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Web Posted - Wednesday November 5, 2014
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Song for Panorama 2015
‘Unquestionable’
sung by Sheldon Reid

Sheldon Reid
 

Global - The voice of Sheldon Reid (above) is the one of choice which vocalizes Unquestionable, written by composer, veteran performing steelpan artist and arranger Clive Telemaque.

Unquestionable follows Telemaque's successful creations in the “Pan Song” genre since 2012 such as Play Yourself, Bounce and Drive, and Excitement.
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Web Posted - Wednesday November 5, 2014
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Song for Panorama 2015
‘I Wonder’
sung by Sheldon “Systamatic” Webster

Sheldon “Systamatic” Webster
 

Global - Multi-instrumentalist, singer/ songwriter, arranger, producer, DJ and recording artist, Sheldon ‘Systamatic’ Webster, is an accomplished musician who was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago.

The Berklee College of Music alum is on board as the vocalist for I Wonder, written by fellow Atlanta-based musician Nicholas Mohan.  The latter presently serves as arranger for Pan People Steel Band, produces music for other artists and delivers live performances.
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Web Posted - Tuesday November 4, 2014
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Song for Panorama 2015
‘Outta De Box’
sung by “Shanaqua”

Rachel “Shanaqua” Fortune
 

Global - “Shanaqua” (Goddess of the Water) started her musical career at the tender age of fourteen

..... Shanaqua is a professional recording and performing artiste who has also recorded with Jamaican artiste Lloyd Lovindeer and provided background vocals for a number of local artistes.

Her repertoire includes, Calypso, Jazz, Soca, Parang and Yoruba Spiritual Music. Shanaqua has a number of recordings to her belt to date.
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Web Posted - Tuesday November 4, 2014
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

Pan With The Saints getting better and better
 

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Although only in its second year, Pan With The Saints is fast becoming one of the better quality pan productions. Patrons who attended this event last week Saturday at the St Mary’s College Big Yard thoroughly enjoyed the performances of the six bands.

Opening the proceedings was the SJC/CIC Combined band (Symphony of Saints) which placed third in the Schools Panorama competition earlier this year. The students’ first offering of “Sleigh Ride” brought on the Christmas feeling and they followed up with “Black Cake and Sorrel”, arranged by the CIC music teacher, Michelle Marfan-Urquhart who also arranged the next number, Jahaji Bhai by Brother Marvin. After playing a medley of Christmas songs, the band ended with their Panorama song, Trini, arranged by former SJC student and All Stars panist, Mia Gormandy who is furthering her studies in musicology in Florida.

....Skiffle Steel Orchestra was not only making it’s debut, but was the first South band to perform at the event.
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Web Posted - Monday November 3, 2014
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Odysseys: Steelpan art helped her bring Guyana to Pittsburgh
 

Leigh Solomon-Pugliano with daughters Sofia Pugliano, Cecelia Pugliano and Stella Pugliano modeling looks for the FashionAFRICANA runway show.Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - ...Ms. Solomon’s family moved to the Steel City in 1984. Leigh was 5 years old when her parents decided to settle here after moving to the Bronx in New York City from Georgetown, Guyana, on the northern coast of South America.

Two things made the transition easier. First was the family.

....Second was her father’s passion — a steelpan. It bound the family together. Mr. Solomon was a known steelpan maker in Guyana, and the instrument helped the family build ties to Pittsburgh because the girls were performers. Audiences clapped and that helped Ms. Solomon and her sisters build confidence.

A steelpan was also an ice-breaker. When people in Pittsburgh would learn that the girls were performers, they would ask, “So do you sing?” That question motivated Ms. Solomon and her sisters to talk about steelpans, Guyana, their family and their culture. “No,” they would say, “we play the steelpan.”
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Results - 2014 New York Panorama

New York, USA - Full results for the 2014 New York Panorama which took place at the back of the Brooklyn Museum on Saturday August 30 are here.  Eleven steel orchestras participated including Pan Fantasy hailing from Canada.  D’Radoes Steel Orchestra were judged Panorama champs, while ADLIB and CASYM steel orchestras tied for second place.
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Champion Panorama Tunes of Trinidad and Tobago

Panorama Champion TunesGlobal - A critical component to winning any panorama competition is the song the orchestras choose to use as the basis of their panorama arrangements. Over the years these songs have inspired classic panorama arrangements. When Steel Talks invites you to take a look at and listen to, these famed tunes which have played more than just a cursory part in the history of Pan, and the lives of the players and fans.
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