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Music in a metallic rainbow

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Last weekend I played music inside a metallic rainbow. The song was Sugar Boom, and the tenor steel drum reflected blue, yellow, violet, green and orange up into my face as I was playing. I needed a GoPro attached to my forehead.

Tenor at rest during a lighting test

Tenor at rest during a lighting test

With my hands busy playing, the photos I could get were between songs during rehearsal.

Five steel bands came together, thanks to musician Alain Rouaud, and played three concerts in MPAA’s (Maison des Pratiques Artistiques Amateurs) lovely auditorium in the Marché St. Germain in Paris. As a part of MPAA’s group, I was absolutely thrilled to play with 70 other steel drummers and 5 percussionists.

Guitar pan in stage lights

Guitar pan in stage lights

I’m not being an exaggerating American when I say “absolutely thrilled.” I was full of joyful tears when I heard our sound swell from 18 drummers to the sound of 70, supported by the engine machine of percussionists behind us. I was overwhelmed and I hope to never forget it. The first time only happens once.

The guitar steel pan on which I played Mambo Lake and Steel Biguine

The guitar steel pan on which I played Mambo Lake and Steel Biguine