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“ A MAGICAL EVENING IN A TWILIGHT”
A magical evening of Pan & Parang music indeed was displayed on Sunday 2nd December 2012 at the Twilight Restaurant located on the South east corner of Nugget Rd and Mc Cowan Ave in Scarborough, Toronto. This event was created by the Silhouettes Steelband and Cultural Community Organization and was produced by ENYAL Pan Music Productions.
The collaboration certainly worked. The success was evident according to the performances from all the performing groups which were masterfully delivered and readily received by the 250-300 attendees who ate up the music like a deliciously prepared West Indian Dish constructed with all the tasty Caribbean spices, ingrediances with all the intricacies. The atmosphere was quite reminiscent of a Caribbean Christmas Lime with family and friends celebrating the season with good music, food, “ole talk” and dance.
The first half of the program began with a skilful presentation by Pannist, Taurean Clarke, who delivered a jazzy repertoire of Christmas and popular standards which set the tone for the events to come.
This was followed by confident performances by Silhouettes Youth Steelband Assembles and Chamber Programs whose members diligently toiled for eight, one and a half hours’ sessions to perfect their 5 songs repertoire to present for the event. Congratulations go out to our Level one and two youth members who demonstrated commitment, teamwork, integrity, intelligence and maturity to understand the magnitude of the task set out for them to achieve success. According to the instructor, Layne Clarke, “they certainly surpassed expectations” and the same sentiment was echoed by several proud parents, audience participants, as well as, the founder of the organization, Danny Mosca.
The Second half of the program commenced with the thunderous sounds of the senior band lead by the fearless and talented arranger and pan soloist, Mark Mosca who delivered a repertoire of Parang and Christmas standards; arranged rich with rhythmic and harmonic allure and intrigue which captivated the audience every step of the way. The superb techniques, smiles and confidence of the members certainly assisted in embellishing the arrangements which translated well with expression and emotions to the audience.
The formal program concluded with the launching of a new Parang band appropriately named,“ Los Pan-didos Amigos” which consists of a group of talented music professionals who came together for the soul purpose of lending their musical prowess in support of the Silhouettes Organization‘s fundraising initiative. Needless to say the launching was a success and the band well received . This would hardly been possible without the extremely talented and accomplished lead vocalist, Alana Milne. The backup musicians included Dennis Renwick, lead guitar, Andy Phillips, bass, Mark Mosca, keyboard, Layne Clarke, alto pan , Gareth Burgess, Drums and Elton Jones, percussion.
Thanks to the many other musicians who came out and joined the effort in support of this cause..
The Silhouettes Cultural Organization and Enyal Pan Productions would like to thank all the members of the performing groups.
A Silhouettes Steel band and Cultural Community Organization Production
Produced by: ENYAL Pan Music Productions