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“The Bradley Years”

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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 International Conference on Pan- 5th-7th August, 2015

icpPort-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - From August 5 to 7, Pan Trinbago and the ICP Secretariat present the first major International Conference on Pan. It will be held at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Port of Spain. The Conference is open to the public with a nominal registration fee and will bring together pan scholars and researchers and practitioners from all over the world. The Conference will be a lead up to the International Panorama competition to be held on Sunday August 9 at 3:00 p.m. at the Queen’s Park Savannah. The exciting week of events has something to offer even the most seasoned pan aficionado. The Conference will be preceded on Tuesday, August 4, with an invitation-only business session as PanTrinbago meets with international delegates concerning international cooperation in the world of pan and the role Pan Trinbago in facilitating.
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 Bradley and Rebecca

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Rebecca was something else.

She left everybody in heat. And something else defined Rebecca. Not only the drinking and carousing. Might have been the wicked weed, too. How she had used it throughout the 1983 Carnival. Everywhere she went. In the dancehall. In the tent. On radio. By the Dry River. On the Hill. At Panorama.
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 Steelpan Day Parade

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Single Pan Bands formerly known as Pan ‘Round De Neck bands will have their own day, “Paving D’ Way”, during the International Conference and Panorama in August.

Come Saturday August 8th 2015 from 3:00 p.m. in recognition of the role of the Single Pan Bands in the history and development of the steelpan movement, eighteen bands from across Trinidad will participate in a parade through the streets of upper Port of Spain, the country's capital.
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Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Another ‘first’ will take place during the International Conference and Panorama (ICP) which will be held in Trinidad & Tobago in August, with the premiere of the Virtual Steelband.

The event, “Pastiche Steel In Concert,” will be held at the Regency Ballroom, Hyatt Regency Trinidad, Port of Spain, on Friday August 7th 2015 at 8:00 p.m. Pastiche Steel Ensemble, one of Chicago's premier steelbands, will make its maiden appearance as part of the ICP.
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 St. Lucia 2015 Panorama Results - A Three-Peat for PanTime Steel Orchestra as Champions Yet Again
Amrit Samaroo is Champion Panorama Arranger

Gros Islet, St. Lucia, W.I. - Defending Panorama champs PanTime Steel Orchestra appeared in the penultimate spot in this year’s competition, and tasted the bitter-sweet success of a three-peat as 2015 Panorama champs, without the physical presence of one of their stalwart supporters, in the person of the wife of band manager Cecil ‘Tortee’ Philgence.

The orchestra, founded in 2001, was Panorama champion in 2013 and 2014, making the grade on each occasion with long-time arranger Amrit Samaroo. Aiming for three titles in a row and succeeding, PanTime paid homage to the beloved wife of their band manager who passed away, and delivered Aunty Pam as their tune of choice, composed and arranged by Samaroo.
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Web Posted - Friday July 17, 2015

Pan Fantasy Steelband To Represent Canada At International Competition In Trinidad

Winner of Last Year's Canadian Pan Alive Competition Representing Canada in International Competition and Performing Twice in Toronto Next Week!

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Toronto, Canada - Pan Fantasy Steelband steps up to the challenge to represent Toronto, Canada at the INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE AND PANORAMA 2015 which will take place in Trinidad from August 4th to 11th, 2015.

Pan Trinbago will host this International spectacle embracing all international playing steelbands alongside the winning steelbands of the Panorama Competition 2015 from Trinidad and Tobago, on Sunday August 9th.

Pan Fantasy Steelband one of Toronto’s top steelband and the winners of Pan Alive 2012, 2013, and 2014 competitions, is truly excited to Represent Toronto and Canada in this world class Panorama Competition.

The band will be taking 60 players under the leadership of Wendy Jones and executive members to compete in this ICP Panorama.
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Beyond pan, mas, All Stars bids now for business glory

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - That Massy Trinidad All Stars has moved into business, as an investor in high-value Port of Spain real estate, marks a historic development for that leading steelband. Hell Yard, its evocative and legendary address, is now demonstrably too small to contain the band’s boundless 2015 aspirations.

Massy Trinidad All Stars has now become owner of the 42-44 Duke Street property lying immediately to the south and east of the landmark panyard. Expectations inevitably arise for the band to prove itself not just as a landlord, but also as a property developer.

The 80-year old band may justifiably boast of a distinguished track record in winning Panorama competitions and, lately, and more astonishingly, Carnival Band of the Year titles. At this big and enviable juncture, All Stars is mandated by history to demonstrate for the steelband movement’s community organisations the capacity to conquer fields beyond those of music and Carnival.
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Lopinot Pan in The Countryside Promises to be Music, Food and Fun

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - This edition of Pan in De Countryside promises to surpass all.

For starters, it will be held in the small picturesque rural village of Lopinot, Trinidad - home of distinguished steelpan musicians, arrangers and composers Dr. Jit Samaroo, Amrit Samaroo and the Samaroo Jets.

In addition to “De Countryside Concert,” hosts Supernovas have included a culinary competition “Panists Can Cook Too” among the various regions. Members from the Northern, South/Central, Eastern, Tobago and Friends of Pan Trinbago will trade their musical skills for their cooking abilities in what promises to be an exciting twist to the already entertaining event. Cooks will compete in four categories.
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Pan­o­Rama Kicks Off St. John Festival Celebrations

St. Croix, USVI - The sounds of steel pan bands filled the air Saturday afternoon as Pan­o­Rama kicked off the month-long St. John Festival celebration, this year with a theme of “Come Together Culturally On the Scene for Festival 2015.”

Pan­o­Rama featured 10 different steel pan bands at Winston Wells ballfield, which will be home base for many of the events coming up throughout June and culminating with Festival Parade on July 4.

St. John cyclists have been practicing hard for the Festival Bike Race set for June 13, when they’ll be tackling plenty of hills as they race across the island starting at 8 a.m.
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‘PAN! Our Musical Odyssey’ will make Silver Theatre pulsate

 “Pan! Our Music Odyssey” will play at AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center on June 14

Washington, DC, USA - An enormous poster of the movie “Casablanca” looms over a desk as film producers Kim Johnson and Jean Michel Gilbert speak, via Skype, from Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago. The poster does not suggest any particular passion for Humphrey Bogart. Rather, it is a sly reference to the history of the steel pan, also known as the steel drum, the instrument invented on the island of Trinidad, and the subject of a 2014 film produced by Gilbert and Johnson.

According to them, the steel pan bands of the 1940s and 1950s took their names from popular movies of the day. “Casablanca was one of the greatest early bands,” says Johnson, a native Trinidadian and a leading scholar of the history of steel pan music.

That music is the subject of “PAN! Our Music Odyssey,” a docudrama they produced with Barthélémy Fougea. The film will screen June 14 at the AFI Silver Theatre as part of the 2015 DC Caribbean FilmFest, running June 12-14.
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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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