A little pan music is our seasonal gift to our friends in cyberspace.
The steel pan is, of course, hailed as the only truly new musical instrument of more than a century, and its birthplace is Trinidad & Tobago in the southern Caribbean. Pans come in a full range, from tenor to deep bass. The tenor pan that resides in The University of the West Indies (UWI)’s museum was a gift of the Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago earlier this year.
Trinidadian Kerel Warrick, a UWI Actuarial Science student and a tenor pannist with the university’s Panoridim Steel Orchestra, played informally for an hour on December 13 – with pauses between pieces to answer questions and demonstrate the notes and techniques. Listen in:
The museum, like the rest of the university, is closed between December 23, 2013 and January 2, 2014. Season’s greetings and we look forward to continuing the journey in 2014.