INTERNATIONAL

Pan Ramajay Competition Returns

Saturday 13th June – Saturday 27th June, 2020

 

Global - Pan Ramajay is a steelpan event which was established in 1989 by Exodus Steel Orchestra. Its primary objective was to provide a platform (other than Panorama and the Steelband Music Festival) for steelpan musicians to showcase their skills.

When:

Preliminary Semi Final Final
Saturday 13th June @ 8 p.m. AST   Saturday 20th June @8 p.m. AST   Saturday 27th June @ 8 p.m. AST  
Sunday 14th June @ 6 p.m. AST          

Rules & Regulations

This competition is open to steelpan musicians internationally, regardless of time zone/country and is designed to feature soloists, duos and quartets using any instrument in the steelpan family.

N.B. Acoustic steelpan only.

All musicians desirous of participating must register with Republic Bank Exodus Steel Orchestra via e-mail: exodussteelband@gmail.com by closing date Wednesday 3rd June, 2020 at 6 p.m. AST (Atlantic Standard Time).

Musicians may enter any and/or all categories.

Registration is free.

 

 


 

Preliminary

On Monday 8th June and Tuesday 9th June 2020 (at a time to be decided), soloists, duos and quartets will perform via a private live feed and will also submit a video which should be taken from the front for adjudication. One song will be performed from a list of five which will be provided to all musicians.

For each musician the host will make the musical selection via a private live feed.

Additionally, accompaniment tracks for the performance will be provided by the organiser on June 1st and musicians will perform for the duration of the track. The track for soloists will not exceed four minutes. The track for duos and quartets will not exceed five minutes.


All musicians in all categories are required to improvise.

Soloists and duos will submit one video. Quartets will submit two videos. Duos and quartets must record together. Video submission is due immediately after your performance via WhatsApp to 1-815-757-3245. Preliminary performance will be aired on Saturday 13th June and Sunday 14th June, 2020 @8 p.m. and 6 p.m. AST respectively, via Facebook and YouTube. Another preliminary date may be added depending on the number of entrants.

From the preliminaries 20 soloists, 10 duos and 10 quartets will advance to the semi-final. Based on the number of entrants, this may be revised.
The list of songs for the semi-final will be distributed on Wednesday 10th June, 2020.

Semi Final
On Monday 15th June and Tuesday 16th June 2020 (at a time to be decided), soloists, duos and quartets will perform via a private live feed and will also submit a video which should be taken from the front for adjudication.

For each musician the host will make the musical selection via a live feed.

Additionally, accompaniment tracks for the performance will be provided by the organiser the day before their performance and musicians will perform for the duration of the track. The track for soloists will not exceed four minutes. The track for duos and quartets will not exceed five minutes.

All musicians in all categories are required to improvise.
Soloists and duos will submit one video. Quartets will submit two videos. Duos and quartets must record together. Video submission is due immediately after your performance via WhatsApp to 1-815-757-3245. The semi-final performance will be aired on Saturday 20th June 2020 @8 p.m. AST via Facebook and YouTube.

From the semi-finals 10 soloists, 5 duos and 5 quartets will advance to the finals.

Final On Monday 22nd June and Tuesday 23rd June 2020 (at a time to be decided), soloists, duos and quartets will perform via a private live feed and will also submit a video which should be taken from the front for adjudication.

For each musician the host will make the musical selection via a live feed.

Additionally, accompaniment tracks for the performance will be provided by the organiser the day before their performance and musicians will perform for the duration of the track. The track for soloists will not exceed four minutes. The track for duos and quartets will not exceed five minutes.

All musicians in all categories are required to improvise.

Soloists and duos will submit one video. Quartets will submit two videos. Duos and quartets must record together. Video submission is due immediately after your performance via WhatsApp to 1-815-757-3245. The final performance will be aired on Saturday 27th June @8 p.m. AST via Facebook and YouTube

N.B. The quality of audio and video may impact the adjudication and therefore participants are encouraged to ensure that your recording is of high quality.

Adjudication:

  • A panel of four judges shall adjudicate throughout the competition.
  • The judges’ decision is final.

Points:

  • Main Body
    Verse, Chorus - 20
  • Creativity/Improvisation
    Melodic/Motivic Development - 25
    Harmonic/Rhythmic Embellishment - 20
    Dynamics - 10
    Technicality - 10

  • Performance
    Tonal Quality - 5
    Nuances - 10

Main Body:
Introduction, Verse, Chorus - The musician’s ability to play the melody with appropriate rhythmic interpretation and articulation, using rolls and strikes when suitable, and demonstrating a clear knowledge of the form.

Creativity/Improvisation:
The musician's ability to manipulate the melody and harmony of the original piece and the ability to improvise through:
Melodic Development – Creating melodic lines based on fragments of the melody and chord progressions. Motivic Development – Creating and developing musical ideas based on the motifs.

Harmonic Embellishment - Use of musical lines which go beyond the original harmony of the given piece: i.e. chord substitutions, alterations.

Rhythmic Embellishment - Creating musical phrases which have rhythmic interests.
Dynamics – Creating variations in softness and loudness in the music.
Technicality - The musician’s ability to execute and showcase virtuosity in the music.

Performance:
Tonal Quality - The musician’s ability to perform on the instrument with sensitivity.
Nuances - The musician’s ability to express the subtle changes in the music.


Prizes for Final in US$:

  Soloists Duos Quartets
1st $2000   $3000   $3000
2nd $1500 $2000 $2000
3rd $1000   $1000   $1000
           


N.B. If applicable, Trinidad and Tobago Residents will receive equivalent prize money in TT$.

Discipline:

  • Musicians are required to observe the procedures as laid down by the organisers.
  • Musicians will be participating in their individual capacities and not as a part of an ensemble/band.
  • Draw for performing positions in all stages/categories will be recorded and distributed to musicians.
  • FORCE MAJEURE means an event or effect that cannot be reasonably anticipated or controlled- compared to an ACT OF GOD. The organisers shall not be liable for any action that may arise because of any inability to commence and/or conclude any stage of this project arising FORCE MAJEURE and shall reserve the right to decide on any alternative or resolution to any situation or condition that may arise.
  • These Rules shall be construed according to the laws of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
  • On any matter in relation to the competition in respect of which these Rules are silent, the organisers shall have the power to make decisions thereon and any decision of the organisers made in those circumstances shall be final and binding.

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