Sunday 15 September, 2019

Liam Teague to headline Ramajay II

Accomplished pannist and son of the soil, Liam Teague, returns home in July to headline an exciting concert event staged by QLife Promotions entitled “Ramajay II”.

The concert is scheduled for Saturday, July 14 “Under The Trees” at The Normandie Hotel in St Ann’s.

Known as the man with the “Hands of Lightning”, Teague is currently serving as a Professor of Music and Head of Steelpan studies at Northern Illinois University (NIU), where he also directs the renowned NIU Steelband.

Teague is also the recipient of an NIU Presidential Research, Scholarship and Artistry Professor Award and has won a number of notable competitions such as the Trinidad and Tobago National Steelband Festival Solo Championship and the Saint Louis Symphony Volunteers Association Young Artist Competition.

Teague will join veteran jazz pianist, Clive “Zanda” Alexander; Extempo Champion, Myron Band veteran Calypsonian and former Culture Minister, Winston “Gypsy” Peters with MC, Williard “Relator” Harris to complete a star-studded cast of musicians and chantwells.

Hailed as the “Paganini of the Steelpan”, Teague’s undying commitment to demonstrating the great musical possibilities of the steelpan has taken him across the globe and earned him many awards, including the Humming Bird National Award (Silver) and the Ansa McAl Caribbean Award for Excellence.

Teague has performed with many diverse ensembles, which include: National Symphony Orchestra, Taiwan National Symphony, Czech National Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, Panama National Symphony, Chicago Sinfonietta, Vermeer String Quartet, Avalon String Quartet, Hannaford Street Silver Brass Ensemble, Nexus, Dartmouth Wind Ensemble, Indiana University Symphonic Band, University of Wisconsin-Madison Marching Band, and the Nutrien Silver Stars Steel Orchestra.

Prone to sharing the spotlight, Teague has appeared in concert with Grammy-Award winning musicians: Paquito D’Rivera, Dave Samuels, Zakir Hussain and Dame Evelyn Glennie and has regularly collaborated with NIU colleagues, Robert Chappell (a multi-instrumentalist) and Faye Seeman (harpist), with whom he co-founded the steelpan and harp duo known as Pangelic. Teague has also presented and performed at several Percussive Arts Society International Conventions (PASIC) and educational institutions across the globe.

Many of his compositions and arrangements are published with MaumauMusic, PanPress and RamajayMusic and Teague has commissioned outstanding composers to write for the steelpan, including Michael Colgrass, Jan Bach, Libby Larsen, Andy Akiho, Deborah Fisher Teason, Joey Sellers, Ben Wahlund, Erik Ross, Kevin Bobo and David Gordon.

Teague is the steelband director at Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Door County, Wisconsin, and has also taught and performed at the California State University Summer Arts Camp and at the Interlochen Academy for the Performing Arts.

Teague authored the book, ‘A Steelpan Method for Beginners’, which was published in 2014 by the Hal Leonard Corporation, the world’s largest publisher of print music. He currently serves as the arranger for the Nutrien Silver Stars Steel Orchestra and has many recordings to his credit, including Hands Like LightningFor Lack of Better Words, Panoramic: Rhythm Through an Unobstructed View and Open Window.

“QLife Productions is dedicated to hosting high-quality entertainment events for the mature, cultured audience,” said QLife Director, David Dyer.

“So this is the second edition of the Ramajay series and we’re hosting this one in collaboration with Under The Trees at Normandie after assembling a stellar cast of musicians that’s guaranteed to deliver an exceptional night of music and improvisation. We want everyone to come out and enjoy an evening filled with constant musical surprises, relieve the stresses of the day with a bit of song and dance and a ramajay!”

Tickets for “Ramajay II” are available at The Normandie Box Office in St Ann’s, Adam’s Bagels in Maraval, Cleve’s on Frederick St in Port-of-Spain, Upper Crust and Crosby’s in St James and from all authorised NLCB gaming outlets, nationwide.

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