Sunday, 27 June 2010

Cupid has an angel's touch. Teaching visitors to the Science Centre about the heavenly sounds of the Pan

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Scotiabank Caribana Programming at the Science Centre in June 2010

The secret to playing the steel drum? Don't bang the instrument with your "sticks", roll them across the surface of the metal ... or so says pan expert Salmon Cupid.
Cupid, a music teacher within the Toronto District School Board is also the inventor of the E-Pan, the world's first electronic steelpan. On Friday morning he was at the Ontario Science Centre with 20 sets of steel pans and his E-Pan.
The Ontario Science Centre has become a partner in the annual Scotiabank Caribana Festival. The Science Centre sponsored Salmon Cupid's visit to their building.
Cupid had the help of a number school aged players and also called up members of the auidence to come up and learn all about the steel pan.
The steelpan, also known as the steeldrum, is an invention that was made in Trinidad and Tobago. It is an acoustic musical instrument indigenous to that nation which remains to this day, the only such invention of the 20th century and with the dawn of this new century and millennium it manages to retain that title.
According to Cupid "the inception of the steelpan can be traced back to the 1930's. Since then and throughout the decades, the "cause célèbre" has witnessed advancement through numerous innovations. Considering the track record and history of most musical instruments, to accomplish that much is such a relatively short period of space and time is a remarkable testament to the talents, skills and creativity of the people of T&T."
Pictured above, Salmon Cupid calls out instructions while visitors to the Science Centre try their hands on the pans.
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