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NY Panorama Insult
What came out of the loud speakers at the 2011 panorama was an insult to the pan community and to any rational music listening person. The sound of sweet pan and great musical arrangements were turned into a "heavy metal" assault with distortion and noise as the order of the evening. Indeed, one had to be on acid or some other drug to digest what the sound engineers were feeding the audience.
With many of the legendary tuners of the art form's works on display, and the enormous investment in time and dedication by the players, it is time for NY Pan management to address the issue. You deserve better.
in the uk we dont even get mics
This unique art form deserved so much more and better, management needs a check up.
My question is what can we do as a pan community to put these chnges into play. I felt so bad for some of the kids that I saw work so hard on getting and perfecting their song and then to loose panorama because of technical issue. This is truly sad and those judges should have known that something was not right, that is, if they themselves were pan-player at any point in time. Even the people in the audience knew that the soundsystem was messing with tunes.
this is a problem that goes without fail every year. it's sad, but you expect it to happen..there's has got to be a way to speak the commitee that hires the sounds crew because i believe not enough planning goes into it at all.
There is not a "committee" issue at work here. it is well known in the ny pan community, that the organizers of the event, wiadca, utterly DESPISE pan, pan people, and all they stand for. They speak to pan people, and about pan people, with open contempt. They put up with the pan because it is one of their best 'so-called' sponsored events, and it their cash-cow.
The sound of the system and how it treats pan is of no interest to wiadca, and ironically illustrates just about how they feel about PAN - 'garbage.' This has gone on for year after year after year for decades, some years are much worse than others. And this year was one of those.
Still, the NY pan people return to wiadca every year. And they are disrespected in every manner, from the sound system, to the judges, to when they have to get passes to let the players to enter the museum to play, bands run into a lot of crap. wiadca laughs all the way to the bank.
And at the end of every panorama the president Yolanda Lezama-Clarke gets up and pats herself on the back after every show just before the results are announced like she did last night. She just continues the awful and corrupt behavior of her father Carlos Lezama when he was president of wiadca, and her sidekick vice president Ken Faustin, and the rest of them who are that entire 'committee' that you speak off just roll over and prepare for the next year of abuse, knowing NY pan people will be back.