The mighty Sonatas took the coveted title as "Panorama
Champions" of New York for 2007. With an
overwhelming and memorable performance, Sonatas beat the
defending champions, CASYM by a convincing score of 451
to 430 respectively. Their tune of choice was Pan
Lamentation by DeFosto. It was a blowout.
This was a very
good panorama. New York pan is alive and vibrant.
All the bands played well and looked great. Of the
eleven participating bands, their numbers in terms of
players were either at the 100-player limit, or - larger
than they were last year, with two exceptions. This
speaks volumes for the state of pan in New York.
Sonatas on stage
Sonatas' arranger, led the 100-player orchestra through a
choreographed performance that captured the fancy of the
thousands of steelpan enthusiasts attending this year's
event. They received a rousing ovation at the
conclusion of their ten-minute performance. Yohan
Powell is one of the leading emerging steelband
considered the favorite by many pan aficionados who had
visited the New York steelband practices in the past
weeks. Many felt that in addition to their
outstanding talent, their superior discipline and
overall commitment to detail would put them over
the top. The only question remained to be answered
was - could they take it to the stage? They answered
that question with a resounding 'yes.' Sonatas
simply wanted more, and out-worked their other opponents.
superior instrument tonal quality, precision execution
and arrangement proved to be much too strong for the
other bands to overcome this year. Steelpan tuning
master, Birch Kellman was, as always, responsible for
tonal quality of Sonatas' instruments. Without a
doubt, tonal quality was an important component this
year as the bands were able to be heard clearly through
the sound system, without the chronic distortion that
normally plagued the event. Steelpan audio
specialist Basement Recordings were brought in this year
to bring some sanity to the live sound situation.
CASYM on stage
defending champion who also took the stage with 100
players - put together a crowd-captivating performance
but still fell 21 points behind Sonatas in the eyes and
ears of the judges. Their tune was Sharing Licks by
Len 'Boogsie' Sharpe and arranged by Arddin Herbert,
another young top arranger. Their pans were tuned
by Andy 'Mad Max' Neils. CASYM's performance from position
one could not withstand the onslaught that was to be
delivered by Sonatas in the 8th position.
CASYM set the initial bar with 430 points.
Pantonic on stage
Steel Orchestra juggernaut could do no better than tie
for third place with a score of 416 points. Their
tune of choice was Amrit Samaroo's Band From Space and
arranged by the emerging Keith Roberts. Pantonic
also took the stage with their normal compliment of 100
players. The band delivered a great arrangement
that resounded well with the audience. Although
Pantonic put on their expected authoritative, high
energy performance that sounded more powerful than any
other band, on this night they lacked the precision and
cleanness that they are traditionally known for.
Their pans were tuned by
Andre White leads
ADLIB on stage
Orchestra had to be the surprise of the night. The
Long Island-based music organization tied with Pantonic
for third place. They put on an awesome
performance that captured the imagination of the
audience. Led by seventeen year-old arranger Andre
White, their tune of choice was also Band From Space.
The 70-plus orchestra worked the audience to their feet.
They received one of the loudest and more sustained
rounds of applause
after their performance. Andre's arrangement was
competent, skillful, bold and daring for a young arranger in the midst of
establishing himself. The future looks very bright
for ADLIB and Andre. ADLIB clearly sent the message
that they have arrived.
first prize according to the promoters, is $20,000 USD.
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New York 2007
394 - Dem
430 - CASYM
416 - ADLIB
413 - Sesame
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