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Miami University Steel Band, with steel pan virtuoso Victor Provost, Nov. 13

11/07/2012

A member of the Miami University Steel Band plays the pan (photo by Jeff Sabo)
A member of the Miami University Steel Band plays the pan (photo by Jeff Sabo)
The Miami University Steel Band, directed by
Chris Tanner
, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Hall Auditorium. The concert will feature special guest artist Victor Provost, steel pan performer, composer and recording artist.

The ensemble will perform several of Provost’s compositions and arrangements, which blend Caribbean grooves and rhythms with jazz harmony.

Provost, born and raised on the island of St. John, is one of those rare musicians that can “transcend the expectations of instrument and genre.” His music often elicits the statement “I didn’t know a steel pan could do that.”

Victor Provost (photo courtesy Victorprovost.com)
Victor Provost (photo courtesy Victorprovost.com)
He was the first steel pan player to be featured as a solo artist at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy. He has toured and performed with several award-winning groups and has shared the stage with “jazz super stars” including Hugh Masakela, Nicholas Payton and Ron Blake, among others.

Along with a demanding performance schedule, Provost teaches private lessons, directs the George Mason University Steel Ensemble, and works with the Cultural Academy For Excellence, one of the premier steel pan music education programs in the eastern U.S.

The Miami University Steel Band is one of the few university bands to have released professional-quality recordings.
The group has produced four recordings since 2001, the latest being “Three Wishes” (2009). Listen to a sample of music from the CD.

As the art form of pan grows in the 21st century, the Miami University Steel Band aspires to be one of the leading programs in exemplifying excellence in performance, and in expanding the repertory for this unique ensemble, said Tanner.

Tickets, $5 students and students and $7 general, are available at the box office in Shriver Center, 529-3200, or at the door.

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