MUSIC AT NOON: 21ST CENTURY STEELPAN MUSIC OF TRINIDAD
“From Trinidad With Love” Steeplan drummers Ron Reid and Sean Skeete join pianist Tuffus Zimbabwe and bassist Daniel Day in a program of contemporary steelplan music from Trinidad. Prof. Leonard Brown, who has recently returned from a residency in Trinidad, will introduce the program and put this music in its historical context.
Ron Reid is multi-instrumental artist with an overwhelming passion for creating music. Music especially that celebrates his rich Caribbean heritage. This Trinidadian-born bassist, steel drummer, composer/educator has for the past 30 years has been a standard-bearer for improvisational Caribbean music. His steelpan infused sextet Sunsteel performs an eclectic mix of Trinidadian folk, afro-Caribbean and jazz compositions and includes some of Boston’s finest musicians. Ron shares his pan playing talents with David Williams’ J’ouvert and Calabash of Toronto, Canada, and as a steel drummer has recorded with diverse artistes as Myanna, Grace Kelly and Bill Harley. As a jazz bassist Ron has performed with Randy Weston, Carmen Lundy, Lenora Helm and Antonio Hart. Ron is an Associate Professor of Contemporary Writing and Production at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He teaches several arranging classes as well as Steelpan and Afropop ensembles.
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