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Web Posted - Wednesday June 9, 2021
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Remembering fantastic mother, musician, and friend Tressy Edwards - RIP

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Tressy Edwards

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - “Being a member of Phase II, it is very humbling yet proud for me. I love it there because we are all like family - everyone with their own personalities but we get along for one purpose. I love the rigorous practice sessions and just to acknowledge that “Boogsie” is the Mozart of pan, is a thrilling feeling. Just to be part of it is overwhelming because he does things so differently from the others...” -- Tressy Edwards

Full of pride and joy over her Phase II membership, veteran panist Tressy Edwards shares her love for music, the artform and more. Share the real life of Tressy Edwards—in her own words—in a When Steel Talks exclusive.


Web Posted - Wednesday June 9, 2021
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RIP - Panist Tressy  Edwards of Phase II Pan Groove has passed

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Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - When Steel Talks extends condolences to the family and friends of panist Tressy Edwards of Phase II Pan Groove.

Tressy Edwards
Tressy Edwards

Web Posted - Sunday June 6, 2021
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 James “Jimmy” Leyden of The Calliope’s Children Steel Orchestra has passed

James Leyden
James Leyden - image via Linfield Archives screengrab
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Oregon, USA - James “Jimmy” Leyden of The Calliope’s Children Steel Orchestra passed away recently at the age of ninety-nine.  Leyden formed and wrote charts for “Calliope′s Children,” one of the first High School steelbands in the US.  He introduced Ellie [Mannette] to the strobe tuner and worked extensively with him on harmonic and overtone concepts (in Chappaqua, New York in 1971). Leyden toured with  “Calliope′s Children” in Romania (1975) and Poland and Russia (1977).  Leyden first came into contact with steelpan while vacationing in Tobago, sister isle of Trinidad, in 1957.
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Web Posted - Saturday June 5, 2021
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Ron Berridge, Caribbean Music Extraordinaire speaks on the Steelpan and More - UpClose!

Global - In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks, musician great Ron Berridge shares his thoughts on Caribbean music and Pan. He is simply one of the most influential individuals of music out of the Caribbean for a generation and by extension Steelpan music. His influence and reach, coupled with a series of fortuitous sequences of events, are still being felt in the steelpan music world today. From Lord Kitchener to the Mighty Sparrow, the musical works of Ron Berridge live on.




Web Posted - Thursday June 3, 2021
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“Fruits Basket” - Panorama Steel Orchestra

Arranger:  Yoshihiro Harada

Panorama Steel Orchestra - Japan

Tokyo, Japan - Panorama Steel Orchestra performing “Fruits Basket” as arranged by Yoshihiro Harada. 


Web Posted - Thursday June 3, 2021
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Meet Yoshihiro Harada - Explorer, Pioneer, Panist, Composer, Arranger, Educator, Recording Artist and Band leader - UpClose!

A When Steel Talks Exclusive

Yoshihiro Harada
Yoshihiro Harada

Japan - On why has the pan risen with such great popularity in Japan, Yoshihiro Harada says:

"The first reason is the charming sound of the instrument. It is a very fresh sound in Japan. The second reason is that we can practice and play with many people. Professionals and beginners can play together. I think these are common reasons. Also - and this is interesting - sometimes with elderly Japanese people the soft sound of a pan can evoke memories and draw them to tears. I can understand that feeling....” That was very degrading and something that lived with me for a long time. ------- Yoshihiro Harada


Web Posted - Wednesday June 2, 2021
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Big band arranger Ron Berridge of Trinidad & Tobago has passed - The end of an era

Ron Berridge
Ron Berridge

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Late legendary musician Ron Berridge influenced and defined an era of great music and musicians emanating from the Caribbean. He was one of Trinidad and Tobago′s greatest musicians. Ron Berridge passed away on June 2, 2021 in the USA where he had made his home. Founder and leader of The Ron Berridge Orchestra which included his brother Clem among its members, Ron is simply one of the most influential individuals in music out of the Caribbean for a generation. Indeed - the end of an era.




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