This collection of music pieces is
called “Open Window” and it is quite appropriately so named.
You, the listener, are afforded the unique position as an interested, or
originally dispassionate viewer
- through this
- to eavesdrop, snoop, spy and are privy to the deepest thoughts and feelings of these musicians as they story-tell on numerous subjects.
musical vocabulary, joy, humor, fun, acrimony, pain, sadness, glee and mood changes become your own as they
you, the listener, from passer-by or snooper outside the window
- to an insider,
take you on a fanciful and memorable journey. Indeed,
insider) is sometimes even surrounded and serenaded by the performers, as that act is a vital part of the story.
The main voices in these
eleven conversations are
those of steel panist
Liam Teague and
Robert Chappell who plays various instruments including the
marimba and piano. The steelpan voice is the common thread through all the pieces. Chappell and Teague support, contrast, overlap, cajole, call and respond to each other, while always bringing a clarity and sensitivity that
are hallmarks to a plethora of styles and genres featured in these chosen conversational pieces.
in the music
Their judicious use of space, timing, tempo, dynamics, counterpoint and of course silence, expands the musical vocabulary. In an era where much is done simply because one can and without thought or feeling - Chappell and Teague bring what is needed to tell the story with passion and clarity without overkill, in terms of both performance and production. Indeed, doing something both in terms of production and/or performance
- just because you can
enter the equation in this project.
Liam’s control, command and touch on
the steelpan instrument
are renowned. There are few who can articulate a
on pan like him. Moreover, there are few panists in the world that can truly state a melody correctly. Such is the nature of the steelpan instrument
- easy to get a sound out of, but incredibly difficult to master.
has tracked many great steel pan players from all over the world. There are less than six that
WST has met
who can actually
leverage and execute
the type of control
Liam Teague. Many can think it, but few can actually do it. Liam is one of the few who has the skill set and sensitivity to pull it off flawlessly.
WST has watched Liam’s development over the years - talent never in doubt - he is now bringing thoughtfulness and maturity to the table to match his talent.
The capturing of the pans and overall
are good. The use of stereo imaging on the acoustical instruments and the producers’ attention to depth perception, allow for a recording that breathes and is filled with natural movement. Moreover, the producers
have mastered the lost art of silence and space.
The title track “Open Window” opens this collection as Teague and Chappell immediately take
listeners beyond possibilities as they step into the realm of actual conversation between the steelpan instrument, the marimba, bass and cajón. The tone is set and we are off, with no turning back from this compelling musical narrative these musicians are about
to share with us about themselves through these eleven pieces. Along the
journey listeners are even further tantalizingly stimulated into musical
intellectual discourse as they are drawn into considering and experiencing high
points along the way.
The ultimate for any artist is to create, perform and to be captured in a manner that allows
to be appreciated and heard by others in
his/her own voice, for the ages. “Open Window“ by Liam Teague and Robert Chappell accomplishes this feat