(Friday May 18th, 2012) Main stage performances for the 21st anniversary edition of Saint Lucia Jazz is over, however the spin-off benefits continue. As part of the educational component of the festival, yet another Students’ Workshop will be held.
The Student’s Workshop, is scheduled for today (Friday May 18th, 2012 from 4:00pm at the Vieux Fort Parish Hall) and is opened to primary & secondary students around the island with an organized Steelpan Band. This workshop will be facilitated by renowned Steel Pan performer, Andy Narell.
With his first solo album in 1979, Andy Narell took the steelpan out of the steelband and brought it into the jazz band, and with every album since, he has explored the possibilities and expanded the role of the pan in contemporary music.
Andy has made more than a dozen albums as and has collaborated with an impressive list of regional and internationally acclaimed artistes. He has performed on movie scores and his compositions have been featured in film, on tv shows, as well as commercials.
As a bandleader he has played hundreds of concerts and jazz festivals. In 1999 Andy became the first foreigner to compose for Trinidad’s Panorama steel band competition, guiding the 100 player Skiffle Bunch Steel Orchestra to the finals of both the 1999 and 2000 Panoramas.
He has been an artist in residence at several reputable universities and has produced many albums. apart from his own.
Andy is the subject of a documentary film – ‘Andy and the Jumbies’, which features his work with Trinidad All Stars and Relator. A second film – ‘Calypso Fever,’ documents his collaboration with the WDR Big Band – a concert of Narell’s music and classic calypsos featuring Relator, the 25 piece Andy Narell Steelband Project(from Paris), and the 14 horns of the WDR Big Band arranged by Michael Abene.