New York 2014 Panorama Basement Panyard Recordings and More - UpClose!

Captured ‘live’ from the New York Steelpan music capital of North America. Basement Recordings captures the steel orchestras of Brooklyn and more as they prepared for the ultimate steelband musical battle “Steelband Panorama”...

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Watch and listen to 2014 New York Panyard Recordings’ performances

Global -  The 2014 Basement New York steelband panyard recordings captured the performances of some of the finest steel orchestras in North America.  In addition, some of the world’s most outstanding and respected steelpan music arrangers participated in the prestigious 2014 New York Panorama.

The arrangers’ list included past and current prized national panorama champion  arrangers who made their musical mark in countries like Trinidad & Tobago, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, St. Lucia, Canada and of course New York.  Terrance “BJ” Marcelle, Duvone Stewart, Amrit Samaroo, Leon “Foster” Thomas, Seion Gomez, Al “Allos” Foster, Kendall Williams, Odie Franklin, Marc Brooks, Freddie Harris, III and Wilfred Kieal rounded out this year’s arrangers.

The competition in 2014 was extremely fierce, as of the eleven bands that contended, no fewer than six were past New York Panorama champion steel orchestras.

CrossFire Steel Orchestra @ their 2014 panyard recording session
CrossFire Steel Orchestra @ their 2014 panyard recording session

The recordings were all done a few days before the panorama competition with the customary one take each for the slower “cool down” version and the faster “tempo” version. The recordings give the listeners unparalleled acoustical access into the inner complexities and workings of a steel orchestra, and creative musical thought process of a world-class steel orchestra.

Those captured this year (made even easier this time around due to the generosity of Steel  Sensation’s ‘Pan Mobile’) are ADLIB, CASYM, Sonatas, Pan Fantasy, CrossFire and Despers USA along with D’Radoes, the eventual and newly-crowned 2014 Panorama champion.  In addition, we’ve added to the play list, ‘road’ (‘red carpet’) highlights that captured a few of the bands before they entered the competition staging area.  Those orchestras are Pantonic, Metro, Harmony and Steel Xplosion.

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