An Afternoon of Island Music
Be transported to the island of Trinidad on March 25, when LifeLong Learning brings Sean Mireau and members of the Volcano Island Band to PebbleCreek for the third Sunday Series of the season.
Please note: Although the event is free, registration is required. Registration for this Sunday Series will open on Feb. 24.
The band has been entertaining audiences for more than 20 years with steel drum music, including several appearances before PebbleCreek and other Robson audiences. The songs range from calypso to luau, reggae to island tunes, as they demonstrate the amazing capacity and versatility of the instruments. The band has performed for Arizona elected officials, musicians, before professional ball games as well as being the entertainment at every major resort in the Phoenix area.
Steelpans (also known as steel drums or pans, and sometimes, collectively with other musicians, as a steel band or orchestra) were invented in Trinidad around World War II, but they are the result of the gradual evolution of the instrument. Their roots are traced to the African slaves who were brought to the island by Spanish and French plantation owners as early as the 16th century, and the rhythmic elements of African drumming can be heard in today’s steel bands.
The first drums were made from smaller metal containers and were convex in shape. Crude, there was no way to control the pitch of the instrument. Then, as innovators experimented, they were able to improve the tuning and accuracy of the drums, which today are made from the bottom of a 55 gallon barrel.
We hope you will join LifeLong Learning for this delightful afternoon of music. Although the event is free, registration is required due to the space limitations of the room. Registration will open Feb. 25, 2018.