Everything Related to the Steelpan Instrument and Music
Congrats Odie Franklin, well done kiddo I am a fan,besides a few ensemble problems, great attempt for your experience you've earned and A, very entertaining piece,and good variety, I wish I could say same for all the bands, by the way congratulations also to Leon Foster you are growing up, and I can hear it in your efforts, I must express my dissapointments, in the majority of performances though and the overall approach to the presentations, right after the results the DJ played the All Stars version of scrunter's "Woman on the bass" and it was a treat still after 32years, there was nothing close to that not even from All stars themselves with their winning arrangement
It seems that the trend today is to play meaningless lines and runs, that makes little and no connections to the song, and the music has no breathing space to allow the audience to savour its sweetness, after the DJ plays the song there is a lul when the band comes on in the old days the DJ was only a warm up to the main course now the calypso is more entertaining than the pan, I found my self dancing when the DJ plays and look around and I am not alone then the band plays and everything gets quiet, why I mentioned Odie; well after the DJ played the audience was on their toes as the band striked up, that is good, then D'Radoes came the DJ played and the house came down, no surprise of the quick count after hearing a lot of grumbling when the band was comming in bout how the count was too slow, after the DJ stopped the quickness of that "killer" hook line "baccahnal! Baccahanal!" went by without any response from the crowd, the lack of frenzy was not there, this is a "rebecca" like song and at the end the audience were still glued to their chairs.
All I have been hearing for some years now is runs and runs, no breathing space, no show stoppers, what's up with the music, some of the same arrangers who had us on our toes dancing singing humming, just making noise, yes and the pans is much sweeter but the sweetness used to be in the playing and the arrangements, why I like Odie, he is trying to get our attention, give him time he will figure out the ensemble issues and good luck for next year dude
Andre, all that activity for steelbands is good but the big picture is having all steelbands on the road for carnival sharing in spoils that carnival bring.
This is no guessing game about where the steelpan reach, it reach, pan trinbago through WST have to get on board and tell the world what is happening in pan country through out the year, continue putting on pan events, the public is ready to support pan events.
SteelFestTT was put together by a board headed by its Chairman, Maureen Manchouck and sponsored by The National Gas Co. of Trinidad & Tobago Ltd this would be an annual event. NAPA and the Little Carib Theatre would see new faces promoting pan shows.
For the last four years I research the steelpan as a business, 2012 is where the steelpan business peak hotels, car rental, food venders, liming on the avenue, souvenir, t-shirt venders, tuners, builder, helpers, lighting, stage, pay-per-view, and many, many more business involved are doing a thriving business.
Who have the vision in T&T would share in the spoils of the steelpan business because it is taking off...
Andre, I could see that this will have varied opinions and cross talk which I am not getting into as there will be no winners with opinions flying left, right and centre, but I 'm curious to know from what year did you start your panorama research to come up with Archbishop of Pan being the best re melodious and telling a story. Yes I agree it is very good and does that, but from the files of "D Brados" Pan In harmony (1976) Ray Holman Queen of the bands(1971) and a few by Earl Rodney from 1968 to 1974, they will but "D Bishop" to bed.
To all who like to hear the chromatic scale in a panorama tune let me tell you from now, I aint too sure yuh go get that from Ray and Andy in 2013 but I guarantee you beautiful music.
Some arrangers stay with the Chromatic scale to be safe so they will never be wrong and some arrangers copy that style to be copy cat. Now Andy and Ray gives you music where you find yourself folding your hands and listen and say to yourself, THAT IS MUSIC.But Panorama music is not easy to arrange, you have to give the judges what they want to hear and you have to rough it up, if you play nice music and don't rough it up, you can't win. That is Panorama music, different from Festival misic.
Bede, It's the same "roughin-up" that have we where we are today. Over the years we have been gettin desensitize to good music, now we end up wid an shit-fest people want to know wah happen. I know that Zanda, Ray and Andy just puttin down good music, Boogsie too change up he style last year, this is what all arrangers have to do, forget about the judges and everyone else and just put down good music.
Ah know people go say money talks but when yuh sell yuh soul to the devil yuh end up wid nothing.