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The Bradley Years represent the definitive collection of steelband music arrangements and performances for a large steel orchestra. This collection showcases seven classic arrangements from the master arranger Clive Bradley.  Bradley is considered to be the best steelband music arranger ever by many, including his peers.  In addition, the arrangements are performed by one of the finest steelbands in the world, New York’s Pantonic Steel Orchestra. Clive Bradley had a very special relationship with Pantonic.  This orchestra clinched the title of panorama champions five times in seven years - performing Bradley’s musical works.  The performances were captured by Basement Recordings days before, and in one instance, mere moments before they took the stage for the prestigious annual steelband music panorama competition. 

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Spatial Reproduction and Surround Sound & the Steel Orchestra - AES 143rd Convention

Fadi Hayek of Solid State Logic has a short chat with When Steel Talks (WST) at the 2017 AES Show in New York

New York, USA - Fadi Hayek, Vice President of Music Products of Solid State Logic talks to When Steel Talks about the reality and future of Spatial Reproduction in the home and in the theater. The possibilities for reproduction of music by the steel orchestra are tremendous.
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Web Posted - Thursday October 19, 2017
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Exploring Panasonic’s VariCam at the 2017 NAB Show and its Aptitude for Capturing Steelband-Related Footage

Panasonic Product engineer Yusuke Ota, has a short chat with When Steel Talks (WST), outlining the benefits of one of the company’s latest camera lines, The VariCam

New York, USA - Panasonic Product engineer (Broadcast, Cinema & Professional Video Systems) Yusuke Ota, has a short chat with When Steel Talks (WST), outlining the benefits of one of the company’s latest camera lines, VariCam, and how it is the ideal choice for filming in low-light settings i.e. some panyards where steel orchestras rehearse/perform, and similar settings. With its Dual Native ISOs, and in particular ISO 5000, the VariCam has already revolutionized the approach to professional filming in low-light settings.

....From command performances to interviews and documentaries with pioneers and legends, it is no secret that many steelband-related events take place in dimly-lit environments. And there lies the revolutionary impact this camera could have on the art form.
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Web Posted - Wednesday October 18, 2017
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Telefunken Elektroakustik Microphones & the Steel Orchestra - AES 143rd Convention

Jason Scheuner touches on the quality aspect of Telefunken Elektroakustik microphones at AES 2017

New York, USA - A confident Jason Scheuner talks with When Steel Talks (WST) about the quality aspect of why Telefunken Elektroakustik (“Electrical Acoustics”) microphones are ideally suited for capturing the family of instruments within a steel orchestra. He focuses on the range and texture of tone that he believes is key, along with the precision and warmth - all of which need to be captured.
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Web Posted - Wednesday October 18, 2017
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Sontronics Microphones - Pro Audio Design & the Steel Orchestra - AES 143rd Convention

Bruce Bartone talks about Sontronics microphones at AES 2017

New York, USA - Bruce Bartone is just one of the exhibitors at the 2017 AES show currently ongoing in New York, who explained to When Steel Talks (WST) why his company's microphones - in this case, those of Sontronics,  could be uniquely suited for capturing the family of instruments within a steel orchestra.

Sontronics microphones are British-designed, and the company is one of the leading manufacturers of the products.
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Web Posted - Monday October 16, 2017
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Song for Panorama 2018
‘Pan Break’
sung by “Crazy”

Global - Edwin Ayoung or “Calypso Crazy” as he is known to many - is hard at work - musically speaking, as always.

Vocals flow from “Crazy” each steelband Panorama season and 2018 is no different. He is heard here with  the track ‘Pan Break’ written by Dennis Smith & Gregory “GB” Ballantyne, joining ‘Wind and Solar,’ already released.
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Web Posted - Thursday 12 October, 2017
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D’Radoes Steel Orchestra - ‘Full Extreme’ - New York Panorama 2017 - Pan Yard Recording - VIDEO

 Radoes Steel Orchestra during their 2017 WST Panyard Panorama recording

New York, USA - Radoes Steel Orchestra -
Drill Master Dane Gulston had the orchestra in “Full Extreme” mode as they executed the arrangement of the reigning champion arranger Terrance “BJ” Marcelle.

Basement Recordings captured 100 Radoes players, ‘live’ in their Canarsie, Brooklyn panyard.
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Web Posted - Thursday October 12, 2017
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Song for Panorama 2018
‘Journey Of The Veterans’
sung by “The Original DeFosto Himself”

Winston Scarborough aka “The Original DeFosto Himself”

Global - Winston Scarborough aka “The Original DeFosto Himself” usually writes and records a few tracks each Panorama season, and the upcoming one is no different. 

For the 2018 steelband Panorama season “De Fosto” is on point with ‘Journey Of The Veterans.’
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Web Posted - Tuesday 10 September, 2017
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 ‘De Legacy’ - The October 14 Concert: Codrington Pan Family & more

Cary Codrington

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. -  Following the success of their most recent concert in July 2017, the Codrington Pan Family is back with another dynamic night of entertainment for the entire family!

‘De Legacy’ the concert, will be held on Saturday October 14th, 2017 at TLC, UWI (University of The West Indies). The show, which begins at 7:00 p.m., will feature performances by the Soul Oasis Cultural Ambassadors (S.O.C.A.) and of course, hosts Codrington Pan Family.

It is the first concert to feature the Codringtons’ re-branded look, which is in keeping with the ensemble’s strong commitment to family and community.
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Web Posted - Friday 6 October, 2017
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A night of Pan In Sando

Soca artist Rodney "Benjai" Le Blanc accompanies Skiffle Bunch Steel Orchestra, while performing his hit song "Phenomenal" during the International Steelband Foundation concert titled "We Going Down Sando" held at the Southern Academy for Performing Arts (SAPA), San Fernando, on Thursday night.

San Fernando, Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Reigning National Panorama champions Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra stole the show with a diverse set during the We Goin Down Sando steel pan show, on Thursday night, at the Southern Academy for the Performing Arts (SAPA), San Fernando.

All Stars rocked the sold out auditorium with a flawless up-tempo interpretation of Might Trini's (Robert Elias) “Curry Tabanca” that had sections of the audience out of their chairs.
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Web Posted - Friday 6 October, 2017
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Excitement over new pan vibes

PCS Nitrogen Silver Stars Steel Orchestra performs for foreign journalists who visited the band’s Newtown panyard last Friday. Silver Stars is billed to perform at tomorrow’s Reaching Souls II pan gospel concert being staged by First Citizens Supernovas and Pan Trinbago’s Eastern Region.

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Following last evening’s staging of We goin’ down Sando steelband concert by the International Steelband Foundation (ISF) at the Southern Academy for the Performing Arts (SAPA), the national instrument continues to enjoy a place of prominence on the local entertainment calendar. Last night’s event featured reigning National Panorama champion Massy Trinidad All Stars, First Citizens Supernovas and Skiffle Steel Orchestra.

Young pan musicians will be showcased tomorrow evening at 6 p.m. when the Casablanca Music School holds its annual, fund-raising Youth Stars In Music Christmas Concert. This event will be held at Casablanca Pan Yard on Norfolk Street, Belmont.
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Web Posted - Monday 2 October, 2017
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The Melo Groove Steele Orchestra keeping Steel Pan Culture alive

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South Florida, USA -  ....The Steel Pan was now the source of great pride for all Trinbagonians. The instrument travelled throughout the Caribbean and Central America and eventually the rest of the world.

Today Steel Pan groups can be found anywhere that Caribbean communities are heavily saturated. There is an organization that is helping to keep the culture growing right here in South Florida. The organization is The Melo Groove Steele Orchestra Inc, a non-profit organization started through the inspiration of a Trinidadian who played Steel Band instruments since the age of 12 during the early decades of the Steel Pan Movement.

The late Mr. Melville Esdelle (1939 – 1992) had come to Florida where he taught children how to play the Steel Pan instruments. The organization began operations in the city of Sunrise the 1st of January 2016, continuing that mission of Esdelle, affectionately called Melo.
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Web Posted - Monday 2 October, 2017
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Steel drum concert set for Friday night at Festival Hall

Members of the Steel Doves steel drum band rehearse. The Steel Doves are scheduled to perform at a steel drum concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Festival Hall along with Angel Lawrie, John Patti and other special guests.

Racine, Wisconsin, USA -  Racine’s Festival Hall will become an island oasis on Friday, Oct. 6, when steel drummers from near and far fill it with the unmistakably tropical tones of their music, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The steel drum concert scheduled to be presented that evening by Angel Lawrie will feature national guest artists including John Patti — an internationally touring steel pan artist — as well as the local steel band the Steel Doves. And its purpose, in addition to being entertaining, is to share Lawrie’s passion for steel pan drums and the healing effects they can have on at-risk youth.

Lawrie, who has been playing steel drums for more than 30 years, is also an educator, clinician and an advocate for students dealing with autism, emotional challenges, learning differences and ADHD.
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Web Posted - Friday 29 September, 2017
Trinidad & Tobago Guardian

We goin’ down Sando

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. -  The International Steelband Foundation (ISF), which staged the successful The Big 5 concert at the Queen’s Park Savannah a few months ago, brings together three steelpan orchestras and heads down south to the Southern Academy for Performing Arts on Thursday, October 5 for 7:30 p.m. Massy Trinidad All Stars, First Citizens Supernovas and the Skiffle Steel Orchestra are the elite steelbands chosen for the production billed as We goin’ down Sando.
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Web Posted - Wednesday 27 September, 2017
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 The Beauty and Power of CASYM Steel Orchestra In Pictures & Sound
2017 Panorama Panyard Recording

CASYM Steel Orchestra In Pictures & Sound - 2017 Panyard Recording

New York, USA -  In the 2017 Summer of New York Pan, CASYM’s musical skipper for the Panorama season was none other than Kendall Williams.

With Josh Quillen from the N, the Y and the U, and drill master Sir Jerry Guy as wingmen, and Captain Curtis Lynch, 100 players let it be known that they had all intentions to triumph in the annual musical war that eventually remained, ‘Far From Finished.’
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Web Posted - Tuesday 26 September, 2017
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 The Beauty and Power of Despers USA Steel Orchestra In Pictures & Sound
2017 Panorama Panyard Recording

Despers USA Steel Orchestra In Pictures & Sound - 2017 Panyard Recording

New York, USA -  In the 2017 Summer of New York Pan, 100 of Despers USA’s finest musicians came together to take care of musical business - ensuring their music for the Panorama season was captured in sound and imagery.
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Web Posted - Thursday September 21, 2017
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Song for Panorama 2018
‘Wind and Solar’
sung by “Crazy”

Global - Edwin Ayoung or “Calypso Crazy” as he is known to many - is on track for 2018 with music for the year ready to go.

Always early out the gate, his is the second track to be sent in for the well-known annual WST Enclave of selections, which is usually consulted by bands and arrangers worldwide for the upcoming steelband Panorama season.

“Crazy” is in musical form as usual, and ‘Wind and Solar’ penned by veteran composer George La Barrie is probably just one of several ditties he will be heard on in the next several weeks.
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Web Posted - Tuesday 19 September, 2017
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International Steelband Foundation
How the BIG5 panned out and breathed new life into the culture

by Dalton Narine

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Global - How about that.

Pan’s new focus. Love it.

It’s easy to see why.

Innovation is always key.

Since the long absence and death of J’Ouvert pan — and the contemporary child-rearing practices of a bulky, muscled Panorama — the newly-minted International Steelband Foundation (ISF), a movement that’s been seven years in the making, seems to have changed the course of Pan in one fell swoop (Cue the BIG5).
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Web Posted - September, 2017
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The Ugly, The Uglier and The Ugliest - New York Panorama 2017
tag words for 2017 NY Panorama: Embarrassing, Shameful, Thoughtless, Bandits

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New York, USA - Well if you haven’t heard already, New York's 2017 Panorama Steel Orchestra competition was an epic failure for most. Unless you were the show’s promoters - who got away as bandits in the night - except it was a broad daylight-mugging with everyone watching. Calling the promoters “bandits” is really a description 'upgrade’ as they have been known as the original Evil Empire to the Brooklyn Steelband community for decades.

So in this regard, let’s cut the crap! And the fake news from those who are spreading alternative facts, about how great New York 2017 Panorama was. In reality it was jacked up.
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2017 Trinidad & Tobago Panorama Review - the Good, Bad and Ugly

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - The 2017 Trinidad and Tobago Panorama season—and by extension the Carnival season—was a tumultuous one that was overflowing with enough drama, intrigue, passion and controversy to field a season of Scandal, Empire or Game of Thrones. But in the end there was the music. An abundance of great music created by the finest arrangers, and outstanding performances delivered by the best steel orchestras in the world.

Two songs captured the imagination of Trinidad and Tobago for this 2017 Panorama and Carnival season - “Full Extreme” by Ultimate Rejects and “Good Morning” by Peter Ram. In fact, “Good Morning” became sort of the de-facto “test piece” as no other tune of choice has endeared itself to the steel orchestras as much in recent times. However, on closer inspection Bunji Garlin & Machel Montano’s “Buss Head” or Crazy’s “Gee Gee Ree” would be apropos to telling the complete Panorama season’s story.
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Early Trinidad and Tobago Steelbands Names Associated with Hollywood Movies

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Global - Within the historical context, a look at the impact of American movies on the naming of early steelbands of Trinidad and Tobago.
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 Complete Summary of Results of all Conventional Steel Orchestras - 2017 Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - At a glance and on a single page, access the comprehensive summary of results for the Small, Medium and Large conventional steel orchestras participating in their respective categories in the 2017 Panorama.

Follow the musical journey of respective bands through all three phases - preliminaries, semi-finals and finals through data on band info, scores, tunes of choice and arrangers.
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 Tunes of Choice - Trinidad & Tobago Steelband Panorama 2017

Tunes of Choice for Steelband Panorama 2017

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - A unique playlist featuring only the music selected as Tunes of Choice for the Trinidad and Tobago 2017 Steelband Panorama and Carnival.
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Champion Panorama Tunes of Trinidad and Tobago

Panorama Champion TunesGlobal - A critical component to winning any panorama competition is the song the orchestras choose to use as the basis of their panorama arrangements. Over the years these songs have inspired classic panorama arrangements. When Steel Talks invites you to take a look at and listen to, these famed tunes which have played more than just a cursory part in the history of Pan, and the lives of the players and fans.
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