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Pamberi Steel Orchestra launches its latest CD “PARIS PAN JAM”

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. W.I.  - Pamberi Steel Orchestra will launch its latest CD – Paris Pan Jam – on Saturday 20th November 2010 at the band’s panyard at Santa Cruz Old Road, San Juan, Trinidad, from 8:00 p.m.

Pamberi is celebrating thirty (30) years since its formation in 1980 and this is the 15th CD to be released by the orchestra.  Recordings have been done on labels in France, Japan and Trinidad & Tobago.

Paris Pan Jam was recorded in France in 2009 when the band did a five-week tour of Europe, and originally released in France this year when the band returned to Europe for two months from May through July.

Last year Pamberi was offered the opportunity to record at Le Sax Studios in Acheres, Paris, while they were on tour.  Fifteen songs from the band’s extensive repertoire were recorded and mixed at Le Sax.  It was mastered at Martin Raymond Studios, St. Ann’s, Trinidad.

Ten tracks were eventually used for the production.  Paris Pan Jam features Pamberi’s sterling performances and interpretations of compositions by Stevie Wonder and Pat Metheny (USA), Ludwig Van Beethoven (Germany), William Cepeda (Puerto Rico), and Aldwyn Roberts (Lord Kitchener) and  Andre Tanker (Trinidad & Tobago).  Original music works by Pamberi’s Brian Villafana - Musical Director, Cheo Cato, captain of the orchestra, and senior band member Reon Patterson, are part of the compilation.

With the exception of Cato and Patterson’s original compositions, all the musical arrangements on the CD were done by Villafana.

Paris Pan Jam is dedicated to two Trinidad and Tobago patriots who have been influential in the progress of Pamberi Steel Orchestra over the years, both of whom have passed on:

  • John La Rose lived and worked in London, UK.  He was a book publisher, essayist and political activist who was responsible for making connections for Pamberi to perform for audiences around the world

  • Malcolm Sullivan was a founding member of the band. He was a senior player, section leader, arranger and pan Instructor with Trinidad & Tobago’s Ministry of Education.  At the time of his passing in 2009 he was still an active member of Pamberi.

Harmonites Steel Orchestra and soloist Earl Brooks will join Pamberi in providing live entertainment at the CD Launch on Saturday.

Admission is free to the public. The CD will be on sale at a special price....see you there!!


Nestor Sullivan –Manager
Pamberi Steel Orchestra

From the News Desk of:  Pamberi Steel Orchestra

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