Sunday, April 12, 2009

Steel Band Performs Music of Eleanor Alberga, Leo Brouwer & Ludovic Lamothe in Jamaica

[Eleanor Alberga]

The University of the West Indies (UWI) campus at Mona, Jamaica was recently the scene of a classical music concert performed by a steel band:
'Art' music from a steel band
Published: Thursday April 2, 2009
Michael Reckord, Gleaner Writer
“Think steel band music and you think calypso and soca. That's true of most people, most of the time. But those two types of music are not the only ones that can be played by the instruments created, originally, from oil drums. In the right hands, the steel band may be a purveyor of 'art music' - which is sometimes, and less accurately, called 'classical' music or, more judgementally, as 'serious' music.

“On Sunday night, the instruments of the UWI Panoridim Steel Orchestra were definitely in the right hands, and the ensemble convincingly presented a recital titled The Art of Steel: Caribbean Composers, Caribbean Instrument, Caribbean Art, at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts, at Mona.” “As the long title suggests, the composers are all from the region: Lodovic Lamothe (Haiti); Magnus, Aarons and Eleanor Alberga (Jamaica); Leo Brouwer (Cuba); and Liam Teague, Lord Kitchner and Jit Samaroo (Trinidad and Tobago).” [Eleanor Alberga (b. 1949), Leo Brouwer (b. 1939) and Ludovic Lamothe (1882-1953) are profiled at]

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