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A global online steelband performance connecting pannists around the world.
A global online steelband performance connecting pannists around the world.
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PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The Virtual Steelband is an opportunity for pannists around the world to participate in one ensemble that spans the globe virtually. The Virtual Steelband's main purpose is to bring steelpan communities together from around the world through revolutionary developments in technology (i.e. the internet). As pannists take part in this project, we will be contributing to a single global steelband, hence, creating a musical unity without physical boundaries and building relationships between countries like never before. 

The first Virtual Steelband successfully raised funds through Kickstarter and featured 135 participants from 9 different countries. If funds are successfully raised for this project, we will continue to bring pannists together from around the world through performance.

MUSIC

The piece for Virtual Steelband II is entitled "Pan Kingdom" composed by Mark Loquan and sung by Anslem Douglas. This piece will then be arranged by Amrit Samaroo for participants of Virtual Steelband II. "Pan Kingdom" is also launching for Panorama 2017.

VIRTUAL STEELBAND COMMITTEE

Meet the team of musicians who are behind this project:

Mia Gormandy is an Assistant Professor of Steelpan at the University of Trinidad and Tobago and a PhD candidate in musicology at Florida State University. She helped initiate the Virtual Steelband after watching Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir.

Yuko Asada, a native of Japan, is a multitalented pannist, arranger, composer, tuner, and the director of the Northern Illinois University Community Steelband. She has played a vital role in the Virtual Steelband by spreading the project globally.

Scott McConnell, a dynamic steelpan performer, percussionist, sound engineer, and director currently working with the CYSO Steel Orchestra program and the Hatch Elementary Conga Club, has been using his experience to help with the technical aspects of this project.

HOW IT WORKS

Through the Virtual Steelband website, pannists from around the world will have free access to the Virtual Steelband II piece "Pan Kingdom," which was composed by Mark Loquan and arranged by Amrit Samaroo. Pannists will download the scores and practice the music. Then, each pannist will video record his or her parts using specific instructions (tempo, angle of camera etc.). After recording, each participant will upload his or her video to our website. All videos will later be synced by our engineers to produce Virtual Steelband II.

PROJECTED PROJECT TIMELINE

SEP 26, 2016: Launch of the Kickstarter 
OCT 24, 2016: End of Kickstarter
NOV 01, 2016: Public access of music scores
JUN 30, 2017: Deadline to upload videos 
OCT 2017: Launch of Virtual Steelband II

WHY DO WE NEED THE MONEY?

To successfully launch an international project of this nature, expenses are unavoidable. Our expenses are limited to production costs of original composition, arranger fees, website fees, audio engineer fees, videographer fees, Kickstarter rewards, promotional material, and any other expense directly associated with this project. If we exceed our financial goal for this project, we can get a jump start on Virtual Steelband III.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

If you'd like to become a part of the Virtual Steelband, please click here to register for updates and receive further information. All pannists can participate as music scores will be available to everyone at no cost.

Risks and challenges

We understand that our project could potentially encounter unexpected obstacles. However, our experience with the first Virtual Steelband has prepared us for the launch of Virtual Steelband II and we are fully prepared to overcome any obstacles that may arise. Nonetheless, our biggest hurdle continues to be funding. If the project is not funded, we simply cannot move forward with it.

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