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Panorama 2006 Trinidad and Tobago

Date: 02.08.06

Arranger Edwin Pouchet  and  Silver Stars Looking To Regain Title in Panorama 2006

2006 T&T Steelband Panorama Season

"Pan Moving In Opposite Direction of Youth Movement" - Edwin Pouchet
 

Trinidad, Tobago - Edwin Pouchet, leader and arranger of Silver Stars Steel Orchestra expressed his satisfaction in the way band performed in this past Saturday's preliminary round of judging.  This year the band performed for the judges at the Queen's Park Oval instead of their customary panyard.   Pouchet shared that in the past the judges have complained about the acoustics of their current practice area, in what amounted to the power of the orchestra overwhelming the confines of the panyard.

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This year the band is performing an original composition by Edwin Pouchet - "High On The Pan."  This is not Pouchet's first foray into composing, however it is the first time that Silver Stars is playing his music as a Panorama selection.  The composition was written according to Pouchet, in response to the comment made a while back by Pan Trinbago's president Patrick Arnold - that the songs written by steelband composers were not "good enough tunes".   Furthermore, Pouchet felt that the statement had minimized the talents and accomplishments of many fine steelband music composers.

The Silver Stars arranger says that in a conversation with Phase II's leader and arranger Len "Boogsie" Sharpe, the latter suggested that maybe more steelband people need to become involved in the music writing process.  This led to Pouchet's writing of High On The Pan.  Although the song was not originally written with Sliver Stars in mind, the band quickly fell in love with the song once they heard it.

Pouchet also believes the 'back-in-time' move that opened up the way for past songs from another year to be used in panorama, has robbed arrangers in general of the opportunity for the only true moment to introduce new material to the steelband community.  The Silver Stars arranger feels that the other major steelband events throughout the year,  already provide ample opportunity for older material to be revived and performed.   This move has "thrown a wet blanket on everything and kills the creativity of the arrangers" says Pouchet, who also sees this as a classic case of the generation gap.  He stresses that "times change and you have to change with the times."  In addition Pouchet feels that these type of moves are causing pan to go in the opposite direction of the youth movement, which embraces more current material.

 

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