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The Virtual Steelband

April concludes the final month of preperation for the Virtual Steelband.  Videos of performances are due by midnight on April 30th!

If you haven’t heard of Virtual Steelband, and are interested in steelpan, you should check it out.  It is a very cool project run by my friends in the Pastiche Steel Ensemble.  Mia Gormandy has been the face of the project, while all the members of Pastiche have done their part to make it all happen.  The Virtual Steelband is an international video compilation that allows hundreds of pan players to contribute to the video premier of a brand new piece of music.  Pastiche commissioned Liam Teague to write a piece for VS, he has written a wonderful tune called “Bella Vista” that contains bits and pieces of material from past years of steelband history.

The idea came from Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir.  Mr. Whitacre has done several of these videos in past years with some of his more famous pieces of choral music.  I encourage you to check out all of the Virtual ensembles out there!

Thanks for checking in!

— mike

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