Two Brazilian Steel Dances by Ney Rosauro

Ney Rosauro is a Brazilian percussionist and composer who has written a lot of great percussion music. I first learned about his music when I played his Marimba Concerto No. 1 on my senior recital. This is a new piece for steel drum band that was commissioned and premiered by Dr. John Wooton and the SMU Steel Band.

For more information about the piece, visit Ney Rosauro’s website.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Panorama 2016 Results

The results from Trinidad and Tobago’s Panorama 2016 are in and the winners are:

Large Conventional Steel Orchestras
1st place: 285 – Desperadoes
2nd place: 284 – Supernovas
3rd place: 283 – Phase II Pan Groove and Renegades
5th place: 282 – Invaders
6th place: 280 – Trinidad All Stars (more…)

Virtual Steelband 2015

VIRTUAL STEELBAND 2015 from Pastiche Steel Ensemble on Vimeo.

The Virtual Steelband is an opportunity for pannists around the world to participate together in one steelband performance that spans the globe virtually. Pastiche Steel Ensemble is hosting and producing this performance. The idea was brought to the ensemble by one of its members Mia Gormandy after viewing Eric Whitacre’s “Virtual Choir.” Other Pastiche members including Yuko Asada, Abe Breiling, and Scott McConnell latched on to the idea, and they later formed a committee to produce the Virtual Steelband. The Virtual Steelband Committee successfully launched a Kickstarter to raise funds for the project, which gave them the opportunity to hire a professional audio engineer and cinematographer to help create the final product. In addition, Liam Teague was commissioned to write an original composition for the Virtual Steelband, which is entitled “Bella Vista.” The Virtual Steelband Committee received positive feedback from pannists residing in multiple countries around the world including Spain, Argentina, Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Japan, and Trinidad and Tobago, just to name a few. The Virtual Steelband Committee is bringing the steelband world together through this venture, and is bringing awareness to the number of pannists residing in multiple countries around the world.

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