Javascript DHTML Drop Down Menu Powered by dhtml-menu-builder.com



Get The Latest News
Join Mailing List

  Bookmark and Share

GSMN
GLOBAL STEELPAN MUSIC NEWS

GSMN
GLOBAL STEELPAN MUSIC NEWS

April
2014

 

Archive


News Digest


Web Feed 

NY Panyard 2004 DVD

click to hear sample

“Tonic Gems”

A Must-Have:
 from Pantonic Steel Orchestra
 

Press Releases
The latest from our PR department.

Hot CD Releases

BASEMENT
CD & DVD Productions


Allway Sync is free file and folder synchronization software for Windows.
Synchronize files on your local, network and removable drives

 




Use Arles Image Web Page Creator to quickly and easily create image galleries on the web.





The Yard Series


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   


 The Business of Steelpan Music 24 -7




When Steel Talks on Facebook


When Steel Talks (WST)
T-Shirts are now available!
 Show your love for the Steelpan artform!
Get your
When Steel Talks
Everybody Listens!

Tee shirt now!

Click for details


Connect with When Steel Talks on facebook


Join the When Steel Talks mailing newsletter

Stay on top of everything happening in the global steelpan music world...

Over 100,000 members

subscribe now!



 Follow When Steel Talks on

 


 

The top news headlines on current events from
 When Steel Talks! News


Use Headlines! News to find breaking news, current events, the latest headlines, news photos, analysis & opinion on top stories, world, business, politics, events, performances...
more



“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. 

The recordings capture, reproduce and present an unrivalled clarity with sonic realism, of a large steel orchestra fielding between one hundred and one hundred twenty musicians - unlike any other steelband music recordings in its class.

This body of musical work is a sterling addition for all fans, educators, players, historians and fine music collectors.
click to listen


 WST YouTube Channel

Pan in New York CD and DVD available here



“CD Samples”
 Pan in New York 2009

Global - Experience the beauty of the steelpan instrument through the two latest CD releases from Basement Recordings.  Three-minute samples from the Pan In New York 2009 CDs - of both regular and slow tempo performances - are being featured.  Content is being added, so keep checking regularly.   Both “Pan In New York 2009,” and “Pan In New York 2009 - The Cooldown Versions” are a continuation of the Pan-4-Life series from Basement Recordings.
read more


Simply one of the greatest steelband recordings to date! 
A collector’s item...

[ PANTONIC + BASEMENT + BRADLEY ] x 4 =
MASTERPIECE

- Clive Bradley the Master at Work -

Very Sweet Pan Music
Get Your Copy Now

click  - limited copies available >>





BRADLEY’S PAVILION

Live Steelband Performances

 
 

Join the
 
When Steel Talks
Family

One million pan-fans
under a world pan groove...
.

panonthenet.com/mailout/join/index.htm  

 

Web Posted
When Steel Talks

Steelband Site Ring
Join Now

When Steel Talks site ring dedicated to Steelband/Steelpan businesses, associations and organizations.

View


HALL OF FAME



WST YouTube Channel



Support PanOnTheNet.com


Hire Basement Recordings for your project


Here’s What you Missed!! - Last Month’s News, click Here!



When Steel Talks

WST’s Official Steelpan Music Shop
Order Now!


order now


When Steel Talks Now on facebook
Stays The Course

Check out our Page and Group on Facebook

When Steel TalksWhen Steel Talks has set up a group on Facebook where we can post more steelpan pictures, videos and events. We would like to add you as a fan so you can expand your steelpan music experience. First, you need to join Facebook! Once you join, you can also create your own profile.

When Steel Talks

Here’s the link:
www.facebook.com/pages/When-Steel-
Talks/22270666964 

 



Follow When Steel Talks

Pan 4 Life
Steelband listings and information


      
Join
the
When Steel Talks family!
Get your When Steel Talks T-Shirts

When Steel Talks

RESULTS for the Trinidad & Tobago 2014 Panorama
 

results icon linked to Trinidad & Tobago 2014 Panorama results

 

Global - Final results and those from the qualifying rounds, of respective categories in competition in the 2014 Trinidad and Tobago Panorama are all in! Get the stats from the preliminaries, semifinals and finals for all the conventional steel orchestras of Trinidad & Tobago which competed in the 2014 Panorama season. 
click for full results


Web Posted - Tuesday April 15, 2014
When Steel Talks

When Smiling Faces Make a Joyous Sound...
Despers USA Steel Orchestra Juniors Spring Into Music


The Despers Junior Band performs at “Spring Into Music”
 

New York, USA - It was a special evening for the youth. It was a great evening for the parents. It was an exceptional evening for the Brooklyn community on this early Spring Day. It was a wonderful evening for Pan. And it was a special evening for Despers USA and Epiphany Lutheran Church. That’s pretty much all you needed to know - end of story. Right?

But in actuality and reality this is the beginning of the story. In an event appropriately called “Spring Into Music” held at Epiphany Lutheran Jesus Joy Center on the Epiphany Lutheran Church campus in Brooklyn, New York - it was, and no pun intended a complete “joy” for the packed house of performers, parents, teachers, community residents and supporters.
read more


Web Posted - Monday April 14, 2014
When Steel Talks

Ashley “Asho” “Dosh” George of Antigua’s Hells Gate Steel Orchestra, Remembered

Ashley George
 

Antigua & Barbuda, W.I.- Ashley George, nicknamed “Asho”, “Postman” and “Dosh” (commonly referred to as “Dosh” by the members of Antigua’s LIME Hells Gate Steel Orchestra), was originally from the island of Dominica; he migrated to Antigua at the tender age of 6 years. “Dosh” lived in “The Point” from the time of his arrival in Antigua, until 1990, when he moved to Skerritt’s Pasture. He passed away on 9 April 2014.


read more


Web Posted - Monday April 14, 2014
When Steel Talks

Australia and New Zealand launch major Strategic Steelband Initiative

PANZ website
 

Australia - In April 2013 at the 1st Australia Steelband Festival, the world got a glimpse into the tremendous progress pan has made on the distant shores of Australia, New Zealand and even Oman.

There one witnessed wonderful pan performances of several steelbands including Pantastic, Rivercity Steel Band, Cairns Pan Stars Steel Orchestra, and also Carnival parades, goat racing, and high quality entertainment. Since that time, other steelbands have been formed such as Perth Pandemix and CaribVic Steelband, and still others are in the making. As a result of the impetus provided by the festival, the steelbands in Australia and New Zealand have recently been organising themselves for the future.
read more


Web Posted - Saturday April 12, 2014
Trinidad & Tobago Guardian

Eight top steelbands take stage at NAPA
 

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - The Laventille Steelband Festival Foundation (LSFF) will in May present a concert titled 8 of Hearts at the National Academy for the Performing Arts, Port-of-Spain. The concert features reigning National Panorama champion Petrotrin Phase II Pan Groove along with the other seven top placing Large Conventional steel orchestras in the finals of the 2014 National Panorama championships. This which event takes place on May 16 and 17 will see performances by Neal & Massy Trinidad All Stars, bpTT Renegades, Witco Desperadoes, Republic Bank Exodus, CAL Invaders, PCS Nitrogen Silver Stars and Skiffle Steel.
read more


Web Posted - Wednesday April 9, 2014
When Steel Talks

Meet Jonathan Scales - UpClose!
 

Jonathan ScalesGlobal -  “...I just so happen to love the instrument, and the culture and everything that goes behind it - like Trinidad, calypso... once I got into pan, I really got into it. And as a composer I was coming from like a film score background - like film score, and just progressive classical music - when I wrote the music, I wanted to write on pan, it was perceived - “Oh man, this is something different....”” Jonathan Scales

No longer a foursome, now an ace trio - the members of Fourchestra have stepped up their game. Led by panist, composer and performing artist Jonathan Scales - he speaks on the beginning, to the here and now... An exclusive When Steel Talks interview with Jonathan Scales, in his own words.
read more


Web Posted - Tuesday April 8, 2014
When Steel Talks

Trinidad & Tobago 2014 Panorama 3-CD Compilation Available
 

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. -  The long-awaited official Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2014 CD compilation is completed and available. The three-disc set is the collection of the steelband finalists recaptured as they perform their Panorama selections. It features twenty-seven tracks including six bonus tracks.

On CD1 are Invaders, Fonclaire, La Brea Nightingales, Desperadoes, Tropical Angel Harps, Exodus, Silver Stars, Skiffle and Trinidad All Stars steel orchestras. Featured on CD2 are national champions Phase II Pan Groove, along with Renegades, Melodians, Dixieland, Steel Xplosion, Pan Elders, Valley Harps, Katzenjammers and Couva Joylanders steel orchestras.
read more


Web Posted - Sunday April 6, 2014
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

$47M to fix Pan HQ
 

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Housing Minister, Dr Roodal Moonilal, said it will take $47 million to fix the incomplete Pan Trinbago headquarters on the Churchill-Roosevelt Highway.

Speaking on the Finance Bill 2014 last Friday night in the Lower House, Moonilal scoffed that the building had originally been designed to hold two storeys but that someone had decided to insert an extra floor without raising the roof.

Describing the structure as a “two-and-a-half storey” building, he said the project had never got approval from WASA, so to date a sewer system cannot be installed and the building remains without any water connection or drains.
read more


Web Posted - Saturday April 5, 2014
Trinidad Express Newspapers

Pan, Sweet Pan

Pan, sweet pan
 

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Christine Mueller, head of administration at the Embassy of the Republic of Germany, in Port of Spain and her husband John Tsavdaridis were overjoyed about their trip to Grande Riviere, Toco, for the first edition of Pan in the Countryside last Saturday.

The husband and wife team thanked Pan Trinbago’s president Keith Diaz for arranging transport to and from the venue. Tsavdaridis who is Australian was surprised that a police escort led the maxi taxis from Arima to Grande Riviere.

....But the surprise of the day came when they saw and heard the music of our national instrument the pan. They were simply ‘blown away’ by what transpired.
Mueller said they travel around the world and try to take in the cultures of the people in the lands they visit.
read more


Web Posted - Saturday April 5, 2014
Stabroek News

For Tennicia DeFreitas, it’s music
 

Guyana, S.A. - For a long time, the name Tennicia DeFreitas has been synonymous with Calypso and steel pan. Winning the Junior Calypso Crown three years in a row—2006, 2007 and 2008—sealed her place in the history of local calypso. She continued to enter the junior calypso category until 2012; placing 3rd and 2nd in 2009 and 2011 respectively and winning in 2010 and 2012. During that time she had also won the Health song competition twice, 2010 and 2011 and placed 2nd in 2012.

Tennicia has also been playing steel pan for years and she is currently a member of the Parkside Steel Orchestra.

But Tennicia’s talents extend far beyond calypso and steel band.
read more


Web Posted - Tuesday April 1, 2014
When Steel Talks

Meet Wendy Jones of Toronto, Canada

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Wendy Jones
 

woman symbolToronto, Canada - She fell in love with the steelpan instrument and the power of pan at an early age. She is a founding member of Pan Fantasy Steelband. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - administrator, player and pan-mom Wendy Jones of Toronto, Canada, shares the joy of pan and how the steelpan instrument has impacted her life from a young girl, to the point of now being the mother of pan players herself.
read more


Web Posted - Monday March 31, 2014
When Steel Talks

Meet Lisa Samuel of Brooklyn, New York, USA

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Lisa Samuell
 

woman symbolNew York, USA - There is so much to say. She is the ultimate Pan-mom. A lifelong affiliate of the New York powerhouse Sonatas Steel Orchestra, she has three sons, also playing the steelpan instruments. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks, administrator, former player, supporter and mom - Lisa Samuel of Brooklyn, New York - shares on her joys, pains, concerns and realities of Pan in her life.
read more


Web Posted - Monday March 31, 2014
Bates News

Student musicians span styles from jazz to steel pan to gamelan to tech

The Steel Pan Orchestra - Bates College
 

Maine, USA - Student musical ensembles at Bates mark the end of the winter semester with six concerts in five days.  All but the gamelan concert take place in the Olin Arts Center Concert Hall, 75 Russell St.

The Bates Gamelan Ensemble offers an end-of-term program, featuring traditional music from Central Java and traditional and contemporary music for the West Javanese gamelan degung...

....Erica Butler directs the Bates Steel Pan Orchestra at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 3.

....All these concerts are open to the public at no charge, but tickets are required for the jazz and steel pan events...

....Lord Obstinate’s “Got a Little Something” and arrangements by Maine’s well-known Chase family, of Flash in the Pan steel band fame, are featured in the steel pan concert.
read more


Web Posted - Monday March 31, 2014
When Steel Talks

Meet Keina Calliste of Trinidad and Tobago

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Keina Calliste
 

woman symbolTrinidad and Tobago, W.I. - She has an acute understanding of the challenges that face the steelpan art form in Trinidad and Tobago if it is to remain relevant and at the forefront of the global steelpan movement. Moreover, she believes it is time for ‘Innovative Strategic Thinkers.’ In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - player, administrator and planner Keina Calliste of Skiffle Steel Orchestra shares her thoughts on some critical issues facing pan in Trinidad and Tobago.
read more


Web Posted - Monday March 31, 2014
When Steel Talks

Meet Danielle Edinboro of Brooklyn, New York, USA

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Danielle Edinboro of New York's CrossFire Steel Orchestra
 

woman symbolNew York, USA - She says accent the positives. “We just all have to support each other and leave the jaded pessimist views alone and adopt an effective one.” Well mature beyond her years - Danielle Edinboro represents the next generations of panists in New York. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks, Danielle Edinboro of Brooklyn, USA speaks on her introduction to the steelpan art form, the challenge and advancing forward.
read more


Web Posted - Sunday March 30, 2014
Trinidad & Tobago Guardian

Car ploughs through pan side
...one hospitalised, several injured
 

The car which crashed into the Witco Desperadoes band outside Smokey and Bunty’s Bar, Western Main Road, St James, on Saturday night.Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - A performance by Witco Desperadoes ended before it started on Saturday. Just before 9 pm, moments before the band was scheduled to perform at the 25th anniversary celebration of Smokey & Bunty, a car mounted the pavement and ploughed through the band, narrowly missing patrons seated along the Western Main Road establishment in St James.

....A number of the pan players escaped serious injury, with four reportedly going to hospital to treat cuts and abrasions. Many of the band’s instruments were destroyed before the car came to a stop at the corner of Dengue Street and Western Main Road. 
read more


Web Posted - Sunday March 30, 2014
When Steel Talks

Meet Christine Pigott of Brooklyn, New York, USA

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Christine Pigott
 

woman symbolNew York, USA - Her stated goal is to “create shows and documentaries that reveal issues, inspire action, and encourage self-reflection.” This young film director, panist and intellectual with a clear vision, is indeed focused and well on the road to achieving her objectives. Throughout her travels the steelpan instrument will always be in the mix - hence the name of her production company - “Purple Steel.” In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks, Fulbright scholar Christine Pigott of Brooklyn, New York, shares on her expedition with two of her life’s passions - Pan and film.
read more


Web Posted - Saturday March 29, 2014
When Steel Talks

Pantonic’s Oil & Music at D’Avenue with Panist Kareem Thompson & K.I.T. Caribbean Connection

Kareem Thompson on double seconds for “Oil & Music”

 

New York, USA -  “An unseasonably cold March Sunday evening was put on notice that the sounds of steel—and not the chilly weather—would hold court for a couple hours and dictate exactly what would warm the hearts of patrons who happened to be in the right place at the right time. Where and Why? D’Avenue, a snug little nook set back on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, New York. And for the occasion of “Oil and Music” hosted by New York’s Pantonic Steel Orchestra. In the spotlight was one of Brooklyn’s finest sons in the steelpan art form on pan, Kareem Thompson, in company with his family amalgamation of K.I.T. Caribbean Connection.

....As usual, pan folk were more than pleased for the opportunity to hang out together with the prospect of an undoubtedly fine session in steel coming up a little later on the music menu. 
read more


Web Posted - Saturday March 29, 2014
When Steel Talks

Meet Natasha Joseph of Trinidad and Tobago

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Meet Natasha Joseph of Trinidad
 

woman symbolTrinidad and Tobago, W.I. - No last name is needed for instant recognition in the world of Pan for “Natasha.” She is as equally humble as she is immensely talented. Destined for greatness - she is a musical prodigy who has the respect of her peers. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - educator, performer, arranger, composer and drill-master Natasha Joseph provides insight into her expectations and experiences as an elite panist in Trinidad and Tobago.
read more


Web Posted - Saturday March 29, 2014
Herts and Essex Observer

Carnival time with a steel pan workshop at Furneux Pelham Primary

Furneux Pelham Primary students in steel pan workshop.
 

Hertfordshire, England - It was carnival time at Furneux Pelham Primary with 25 children from Mozart class pounding out the musical beat at a steel pan workshop.

The seven to nine-year-olds from Years 3 and 4 enjoyed their morning working with the Day-O-Drum team and through the music and their enthusiasm brought the sounds of sunny Saint Lucia and the vibrant Caribbean to the life on a chilly March day in Britain.

“They were learning some carnival songs and actions as well going on a pirate adventure and learning songs along the way,” said their teacher Vicky Wittich.
read more


Web Posted - Thursday March 27, 2014
When Steel Talks

Meet Amanda Lawrence of Dominica

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Meet Amanda Lawrence of Dominica
 

woman symbolDominica, W.I. - From the Caribbean island of Dominica to the Ivy League walls of Princeton University, the pan has always been by her side. It is simply her joy. Her romance with the pan and pan culture has had a lasting global impact on those she meets on the roads she’s travelled, and those who find the steelpan “strange, amazing and beautiful." In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks, Amanda Lawrence of Dominica shares how her life revolves around the steelpan.
read more


Web Posted - Thursday March 27, 2014
When Steel Talks

NIU Steelband Spring 2014 Concert Celebrates 40 Years
 

Illinois, USA -  Northern Illinois University Steelband, under the direction of Liam Teague and Cliff Alexis, presents its Spring 2014 concert on Sunday April 13th 2014, at 3:00 p.m. (CST) in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, NIU School of Music, DeKalb, Illinois.

The event will commemorate the ensemble’s 40th year of existence and will be a celebration of the past, present and future.

The special guest artiste will be Panamanian violinist Graciela “Chelín” Núñez, one of Panama City’s most active performers.
read more


Web Posted - Wednesday March 26, 2014
When Steel Talks

Meet Miranda Martin of Trinidad and Tobago

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Miranda Martin of Desperadoes Steel Orchestra, Trinidad and Tobago
 

woman symbolTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Miranda has traveled the world over as a member of the legendary Desperadoes Steel Orchestra. She embodies all the characteristics of a great panist - talent, intellect, discipline, and sacrifice. She is most proud of the lives she has touched through her years of playing pan. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks, Miranda Martin of Trinidad and Tobago shares how the steelpan instrument has impacted her life.
read more


Web Posted - Tuesday March 25, 2014
Richland Chronicle

Steel steals the show

The Steel Sound Band rocks to “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana.
 

Texas, USA - A tasty touch of Trinidad paid a thumping visit to Richland’s Fannin Hall during the noon hour on Tuesday, March 18.

More than a dozen talented percussionists pounded their way through a three-set program of delightful pieces featuring steel, snare and bongo drums, plus miramba, xylophone, synth-bass and vibraphone with some electric guitar thrown in just to keep the decibels at a memorable level. 

....The second and third sets were presented by the dozen or more players who make up the Richland Steel Band.
read more


Web Posted - Tuesday March 25, 2014
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

Pouchet to be buried Friday

POUCHET WAKE: Last Sunday night, the second of nine days of prayers was said by relatives and friends of Edwin Pouchet, Leader and Musical Director of PCS Siklver Stars Steelband at the panyard on Tragarete Road, Newtown. Edwin died of a heart attack on Saturday. His brother, junior, founder of Silver Stars, died two years ago.
 

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Edwin Pouchet, leader and arranger for PCS Nitrogen Silver Stars Steel Orchestra, who died on Saturday of a heart attack at West Shore Medical Complex in Cocorite, after ailing for some time, will be laid to rest at the Lapeyrouse Cemetery on Friday, following his funeral service at the Assumption Church in Maraval.

Pouchet 57, arranged Silver Stars’ two National Panorama victories, but was unable to arrange for the band this year. Instead the band had US-based musician Liam Teague arrange for them, while the other band for which Pouchet arranged, Katzenjammers of Tobago, looked to Len “Boogsie” Sharpe to take over arranging for the band last year, after Pouchet fell ill at their panyard in 2012.
read more


Web Posted - Tuesday March 25, 2014
Trinidad Exoress Newspapers

Tacarigua’s contribution to pan

Pioneer launches new book

AT THE BOOK LAUNCH: Ian Smart, Marguerite Moore, author Kenrick P Thomas, Eddie Hart and Anthony Smart at the launch of the book Panriga — Tacarigua’s Contribution to the Evolution of the Steelband Phenomenon in Trinidad and Tobago at Nalis
 

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - A historical look at the pan with a focus on the contribution of a small village to its evolution has been documented. The meaningful and relevant documentation in the form of a book titled, Panriga — Tacarigua’s Contribution to the Evolution of the Steelband Phenomenon in Trinidad and Tobago written by Kenrick P Thomas, was recently launched at the National Library and Information System Authority (Nalis). The book, a revised version (the original was first launched in 1999) tells the story of the development of pan in an in-depth account of Tacarigua’s role in the pan landscape of Trinidad and Tobago.

Thomas, a pan pioneer in his own right has been involved in all aspects of the pan spectrum. The former executive member of the national steelband body then known as the National Association of Trinidad and Tobago Steelbandsmen (NATTS), the forerunner to today’s Pan Trinbago, introduced the pan stands for the tenor pans by taking them off the laps of the players during the semifinals of the music festival held at Roxy Theatre in 1956.
read more


Web Posted - Tuesday March 25, 2014
When Steel Talks

Meet Yuko Asada of Illinois, USA

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Yuko Asada of Illinois, USA
 

woman symbolIllinois, USA - She is an old school triple threat like Anthony Williams, Ellie Mannette and Neville Jules who is unapologetically enchanted with the beauty, spirit and power of steelpan instrument and art form. She is tuner, performer, arranger, educator and director. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks, Yuko Asada shares her life's journey with steelpan as her compass.
read more


Web Posted - Tuesday March 25, 2014
Trinidad and Tobago Guardian

Panorama goes global

President Anthony Carmona, left, unveils the official logo for the International Conference and Panorama 2015 with Pan Trinbago president Keith Diaz. The ceremony took place at the Lord Kitchener Calypso Auditorium, National Academy for the Performing Arts on Wednesday.
 

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - It is a month since this year’s Carnival weekend yet still excitement continues in the steelband world. Pan Trinbago has a lot of events planned for the remainder of this year and 2015, with the most ambitious being the staging of the first-ever international Panorama contest next year.

Pan Trinbago launched the logo for the International Conference and Panorama (ICP) last Wednesday at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (Napa), Port-of-Spain. Heading the list of dignitaries at the formal function were President Anthony Carmona; Arts and Multiculturalism Minister Dr Lincoln Douglas.....

....Performers at Napa on Wednesday night included 2014 National Panorama champion Petrotrin Phase II Pan Groove, Schools Panorama winner QRC/Providence, Earl Brooks and calypsonian Eunice Peters singing Anthem for Pan.
read more


Web Posted - Monday March 24, 2014
Kaieteur News Online

Winning Buxton Steel Orchestra gets gov’t. boost

Minister of Human Services Ms. Jennifer Webster and Odinga Lumumba, Presidential Advisor on Empowerment join the band in the playing of one of their tunes
 

Guyana, SA - Decked out in sleek red shirts, black waistcoats and jeans with a white tie to crown it off, the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI) Buxton Pride Steel Orchestra once again captivated its audience at a special ceremony yesterday to celebrate its success at the recent Mashramani Steel Pan Competition.

Yesterday at the Tipperary Hall, in Buxton, the members of the steel orchestra were given special donations by the government to further support their love for sweet pan music.

....While the Minister of Human Services and Social Security, Ms. Jennifer Webster was very impressed, she urged the students to extend the same love and dedication they exude for steel pan music to their academic aspirations as well.
read more


Web Posted - Monday March 24, 2014
When Steel Talks

Meet Xiaotong Zou of China

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Xiaotong Zou
 

woman symbolChina - A chance meeting has developed into an intense love affair with the steelpan instrument, art form and culture. As a member of Planet Pan of Maine and Exodus Steel Orchestra of Trinidad, Xiaotong has experienced the magnificence of Pan and Panorama. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks, Xiaotong Zou of China shares how the steelpan instrument has impacted her life.
read more


Web Posted - Sunday March 23, 2014
When Steel Talks

Meet Jenny Gilberg of the UK

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Jenny Gilberg
 

woman symbolUnited Kingdom - From Panorama player to music educator - she has experienced all aspects of the Pan up close and personal. Performer, arranger, and now director - the  steelpan instrument is in her blood. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks, Jenny Gilberg of New Castle upon Tyne, UK shares how the steelpan instrument has impacted her life.
read more


Web Posted - Sunday March 23, 2014
When Steel Talks

Edwin Pouchet – A tribute by Mark Loquan, former stage side member of Silver Stars


 

Global -  “Edwin grew up in pan. His brother, Junior, was the arranger of a steel band that practiced for hours when preparing for a music festival or Carnival in the backyard of his home, at 195 Western Main Road, Cocorite. He was so fascinated with the music that after the players left, he would take up the pan sticks and try to pick out the melodies he had heard. He credits his mother whose love for the steel band inspired him, but it was not until 1970 with his mother’s assistance, that he started to sneak out to practice with the Silver Stars. History records that year Desperadoes came first playing Kitchener’s Margie. Starlift placed second with Sparrow’s Pan man. Silver Stars tied with Invaders for third. Invaders played Margie and Silver Stars played Simple Calypso by Blakie.

In 1974, Junior received a contract from Bermuda and later Disney World. This meant that a new arranger would be needed for the Silver Stars. A good choice was Edwin but the transition from Junior Pouchet to Edwin Pouchet was a very traumatic experience. The band’s players did not want any other arranger, choosing instead to play the same tunes until Junior returned to Trinidad for the Carnival. Many left until the band went into a period of dormancy around 1976.
read more


Web Posted - Saturday March 22, 2014
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

POS Corporation and Phase II in mediation over eviction issue
 

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Reigning Panorama champion Phase II Pan Groove has agreed to enter mediation with the Port-of-Spain City Corporation as the two battle over the steelband’s Hamilton Street, Woodbrook, home.

The top steelband is defending attempts by the Port-of-Spain City Corporation to evict them from the premises to make way for the completion of the One Woodbrook Place Project, owned by Home Construction Limited.

....Phase II has called Hamilton Street home for more than three decades and they claim the panyard is a piece of history, and they had certain rights because of their possession of the property.

Phase II has resisted the transfer, deeming the Foreshore site out of the way, and a health threat.
read more


Web Posted - Thursday March 20, 2014
When Steel Talks

Mexico’s Xalapa Steel Band with Valley Harps Steel Orchestra - 2014 Panorama

Xalapa Steel Band members rehearse with Valley Harps Steel Orchestra
 

Global -  Members of Xalapa Steel Band of México were in Trinidad for the early part of the 2014 Panorama season, and took part in the preliminaries with Valley Harps Steel Orchestra led by Michelle Huggins-Watts. Eight members, six of them players, arrived in Trinidad on January 25. The remaining twosome from Xalapa were along on the visit for company, and to assist generally.

Though they very much enjoyed their overall time spent in Trinidad, because of the dates they would have to miss the semifinals and finals when Valley Harps moved forward. The group returned to Mexico February 9, but was exuberant over its experience. “We hope to go back again the next year!” says Xalapa band director and founder Eduardo “Lalo” Téllez. Téllez is a Percussion Professor in the Superior Institute of Music in Veracruz, Mexico and founded Xalapa Steel Band, the first in the country.
read more


Web Posted - Thursday March 20, 2014
Gazettes.com

Steel Drum Festival Beats At Cabrillo

ON BEAT. Cabrillo musicians Veronica Romero and Mavrryc Oribello play during an in-class rehearsal.
 

California, USA ....With their hands moving fast, the advanced level steel drum artists were busy this week preparing for their biggest performance of the year. Next Wednesday, March 26, Cabrillo is hosting its annual Steel Drum Festival and for the first time will be playing with musicians from Stephens Middle School and California State University, Long Beach’s Steel Drum Orchestra.

Cabrillo and Stephens are the only schools in the district that offer students an opportunity to play steel drum, or steelpan.

....Cabrillo High School will host the Steel Drum Festival at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, at the school’s 560-seat auditorium. Joining the Cabrillo students for the first time will be musicians from Stephens Middle School and the circa-1987 California State University, Long Beach, Steel Drum Orchestra.
read more


Web Posted - Wednesday March 19, 2014
When Steel Talks

Trinidad & Tobago 2014 Panorama Finals DVD Now Available
 

Panorama 2014 DVD coverTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. -  This year’s scintillating steel orchestra performances at the Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama Medium & Large Conventional Finals were captured “live” and are now available on DVD.

“Celebrating the Evolution of Pan - Panorama 2014” – The DVD, is a production of Pan Trinbago in collaboration with Advance Dynamics Home Entertainment which has already demonstrated its capability to deliver a high-end quality product.
read more


Web Posted - Wednesday March 19, 2014
Trinidad and Tobago Guardian

Pan in De Countryside heads to Grande Riviere

Carib Woodbrook Playboyz will perform in Grande Riviere at Pan in De Countryside
 

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Grande Riviere has been chosen as the place to launch the 2014 series of Pan in De Countryside. The Pan Trinbago initiative to take the steelbands to far-flung areas of T&T continues, as the steelpan body showcases the national music instrument. The first in the series takes place in the rural village on the north coast at the Grande Riviere Recreation Ground, Toco, on March 29, from 3 pm.

A number of steel orchestras, including Super Novas, this year’s Panorama Small Band winner; Carib Woodbrook Playboyz, Sangre Grande Cordettes, Pan Steronettes, Southern Marines Steelband Foundation and City Sun Valley, will be the featured performers, according to a release from Pan Trinbago. 
read more


Web Posted - Wednesday March 19, 2014
When Steel Talks

Meet Josanne Francis of Trinidad and Tobago

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Josanne Francis of Trinidad and Tobago
 

woman symbolTrinidad and Tobago - Her story, her reality, her journey - A Pan story... In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks, Josanne Francis of Trinidad and Tobago—now an NIU graduate student—shares her fantastic journey with the steelpan instrument as her guide, wind and sail.
read more


Web Posted - Tuesday March 18, 2014
When Steel Talks

Meet Yuki Nakano of Japan

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Sky De Coteau
 

woman symbolJapan - Pan is in her blood. She has travel all over the world with the steelpan instrument as her passport. She is currently as student at (Northern Illinois University) NIU. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks, Yuki Nakano of Japan shares her worldly experiences and thoughts on the steelpan instrument and culture.
read more


Web Posted - Monday March 17, 2014
When Steel Talks

Meet Sky De Coteau of La Brea Nightingales - Trinidad and Tobago

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Sky De Coteau
 

woman symbolTrinidad & Tobago - She is a lady with a full plate. University student, section leader, organizer and of course panist for La Brea Nightingales Steel Orchestra... In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks, Sky De Coteau of Trinidad and Tobago shares her thoughts and visions for the steelpan instrument.
read more


Web Posted - Monday March 17, 2014
The Herald-Star

Eighth-annual Ohio Valley Festival of Steel May 10
 

Ohio, USA - Plans are being made for the eighth-annual Ohio Valley Festival of Steel, an event shaping up to be another "pan marathon," according to Shelly Irvine, festival founder and coordinator.

The event will be held May 10 at Catholic Central High School with doors opening at 1:15 p.m. and continuing through 7:20 p.m., the scheduled time for a mass band performance and the presentation of plaques.

....The Ohio Valley Festival of Steel is an annual event for steel drum bands to share their current musical program in a single-day festival setting, according to Shelly Irvine, festival founder and coordinator.
read more


Web Posted - September, 2013
When Steel Talks

Get your headphones - and Just Listen!!

Panorama 2013 Panyard Recordings
by Basement Recordings

Sonatas Steel Orchestra during their recording session, part of Basement Recordings' Panyard series
 

New York, USA - For this year 2013, Basement Recordings captured six of Brooklyn’s finest steel orchestras franchises as part of their annual panyard panorama music recording series. All the orchestras operated at very high level this year and were indeed deserving of having their musical performance captured and preserved for the historical, cultural and community archives.

....The steel orchestras recorded this year are Despers USA; Pantonic; CrossFire; D’Radoes; Sonatas and CASYM, the eventual 2013 Panorama champion.
click for more


Web Posted - September, 2013
When Steel Talks

Results - 2013 New York Panorama

New York, USA - Full results for the 2013 New York Panorama which took place at the back of the Brooklyn Museum are here.  CASYM Steel Orchestra, celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, have also added the title of Panorama champions to their list of accomplishments. Pan Sonatas which placed fourth last year moved up two to second place, while D’Radoes  Steel Orchestra placed third for the third year running.  Pan Fantasy from Canada went away with fourth place.
click for full results & breakdown


Web Posted
When Steel Talks

Upcoming

Great Steelpan Events

Global  - Upcoming Steelpan music events from all over the world
click to calendar




Web Posted
When Steel Talks - Special

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.
click to hear and/or view




Web Posted
When Steel Talks

When Steel Talks Steelband Music Message Board is Open
on the Ning Network

Some of the most important, controversial, thought-provoking and enlightening discussions on the steelpan instrument, music and culture worldwide, have taken place over the years on the When Steel Talks “Message board.”  Considered by many to be a lightening-rod for change in the steelpan music community, the WST message board  has provided a means unlike any for steelpan enthusiasts to share information and communicate ideas.

Windows MSN Groups has informed us that they are shutting down their groups service as of February 21, 2009.  You can now find the When Steel Talks Group at whensteeltalks.ning.com/forum 
We look forward to you joining us.

 

by Popular Demand

When Steel Talks
T-Shirts are Here!


click to order now



width="372">


Find more photos like this on When Steel Talks

When Steel Talks
T-Shirts are Here!

Global - When Steel Talks (WST) T-Shirts are available!  Join the When  Steel Talks family and show your love for the Steelpan art form!  For USD $14.00 plus shipping and handling, make sure you have your WST T-Shirt!  Current available colors are:  Black and  Red in sizes Small (S) through X-large (XL).  Order now!
click for more, and to ORDER



Web Posted -
When Steel Talks

When Steel Talks Now on facebook

Check out our Page and Group on Facebook

When Steel TalksWhen Steel Talks has set up a group on Facebook where we can post more steelpan pictures, videos and events. We would like to add you as a fan so you can expand your steelpan music experience. First, you need to join Facebook! Once you join, you can also create your own profile.

 

When Steel Talks
Here’s the link:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/When-Steel-
Talks/22270666964


Last Month’s News - Click Here


 

Top Steelband Music Videos

When Steel Talks Video Channel

This Week’s New
WST Steelband Music Videos


   
Add Steelpan Music News Feed To Your Site: Click Here
 

RSS FEED
News Summaries

 



Join Us on facebook


 

Join Mailing List:  Receive the latest news from the steelpan world
Send us feedback

© 2014  basement recordings, inc. all rights reserved

ANY REPRODUCTION, REPRINTING OR COPYING OF THE CONTENTS OF THIS, OR ANY OTHER MATERIAL - AUDIO, VISUAL OR TEXT - FROM THE BASEMENT RECORDINGS///////WHEN STEEL TALKS//PANONTHENET WEBSITES, IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED, WITHOUT THE EXPRESSED WRITTEN PERMISSION OF THE MANAGEMENT OF WHEN STEEL TALKS..

Search for Anything Steelpan Music Related