Everything Related to the Steelpan Instrument and Music
I’m not pointing any fingers nor am I taking sides; I just think that a serious conversation has to be had among stakeholders about the type of competition we want the panorama to be. Is it about music? Is it about jam? I have no beef with whichever way it’s decided, I'm just saying that we need to agree on what takes precedence over what so that everybody, including the judges and the man in the street, could be on the same page. Otherwise (at least me) will continue to be confused (make that flabbergasted) by the results each year. In the golden era of panorama the score sheet clearly alluded to the fact that it was a musical competition; there was a category called, 'spirit of carnival’ for which 5 points was awarded. Arrangers like Bradley could have decided then to sacrifice 2 or 3 points in that category and go after the points for the music with which he mesmerized the world. Spirit of carnival was incorporated into the arrangement category in recent years and from all indications now take precedence over all else. Let me say again, I have no problem with that; I'm quite aware that the only constant in life is change itself. All I'm saying is, if the thing has evolved, (like our soca music), then lets scrap the current score sheet and use instead one similar to that used to judge the power soca monarch. Then every arranger would know that he could ride a rhythm and win and not have to buss he brains with re-harmonization and all the other fancy terms stated on the score sheet. We could also create a new classification to cater for the several rhythm sections in the land - who knows, maybe Laventille rhythm section would win panorama in time to come.
trinibaby9, you talk about letting the music breath, for some time now I have been wondering if points are being awarded for the most notes played by the tenors.
Is it still about music, , or money? To get the butts in the benches, you have to play with the main draws e.g All Stars and Phase 11, with Renegades, Exodus and Silver Stars bringing up the rear. To make it a profitable venture, it is impt that the 'bigs' place for the finals, regardless of what/how they play
Music, money, judges and jokers.....take yuh pick!
It has always been about music. Over the years different styles seem to rise to the top. This year we have the two leading big bands offering contrasting styles to their respective selections. All Stars opting for a more aggressive style of playing which would be consistent with a selection titled Play Yourself celebrating the spectacle and history of our savannah party and carnival . One would hardly expect that to be played like a dirge. On the other hand Phase 11 selection - Archbishop Of Pan honoring the legacy of Pat lends itself to a different interpretation. Its all music. I love Miles Davis and Shirley Horn and Bomber and Cypher, but I also love Ornette Coleman, James Brown and John Coltrane (sheets of sound & gentle tenderness) Shadow and Squibby.
Before some of us prematurely criticize Trinidad All Stars, listen to Woman On The Bass final night and then the slow version that has become immensely popular. You would agree the judges heard it right on final night and all the ingredients we have come to love in panorama were there in the mix. Smooth is at it again.
Peter you're a delight to All Stars, yuh sure that's not yuh band? lol
Peter back in the day I used to beat a steeldrum, now I can't even beat an egg.
The only thing I know about the Oval back in the day is where people used to meet INVADERS, and ah aint EGGaggerating.
Ceciil, don't use 4-letter words like "can't" ... you never know what latent talent remains unutilized. Peter
to answer this rhetorical question*is panorama still about music? the answer is obviously NO!!!!! Panorama today is about antics, theatrics, chromatic scales, hook lines borrowed from popular songs or repeated harmonies and phrases year after year etc.They, the judges have killed the whole concept of originality in a panorama arrangement. hence the reason we see the same judges handing out the exact results every year to the same bands who are boldface enough to repeat identical passages of music year after year.These bands go on to grab the top spots in the competition............ sad but true!!!!!
Brandon that's so true, that's why Edwin Pouchet is telling the other arrangers "GIE THEM TEMPO" LMAO!