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Sunday Guardian www.guardian.co.tt June 9, 2013
5 pm: Trinidad + Tobago Film Festival presents
bpTT Community Cinergy Outdoor Cinema.
Habanastation (Ian Padrón/ Cuba/ 95 mins)
In collaboration with the Growing Leaders
Foundation and the Healing with Horses
Foundation. Buccoo Integrated Complex, Tobago.
6 pm: Iere Theatre Productions stage Samuel
Selvon's A Brighter Sun. Tickets cost $150. Napa
South. Info: 724-7041 or 788-3358.
The National Museum and Art Gallery shows
Dear Joseph, an exhibition of works from the
national art collection. Featuring works by Carlisle
Chang, Sybil Atteck, Noel Vaucrosson and others.
Continues until March 15, 2014. Gallery hours:
Tue- Sat 10 am-6 pm. The Marie Louise Hall of
the National Museum and Art Gallery, 117
Frederick Street, Port-of-Spain. Info: 623-5941.
Medulla Art Gallery shows artist Brianna
McCarthy's Saints + Jumbies. Until June 13.
Medulla Art Gallery, 37 Fitt Street, Woodbrook,
Port-of-Spain. Info and gallery hours: 740-7597 or
If you missed the music documentary The Story of
Lover s Rock when it screened in T&T last year, you can
catch it on June 16 for free at the St James Amphitheatre
as part of the We Beat Festival. We Beat opened Friday
and runs until June 16.
"Directed by Menelik Shabazz, a black British filmmaker
originally from Barbados, The Story of Lover s Rock is a
joyous celebration of a unique genre of music. Often dubbed
romantic reggae , lover s rock is a sound that developed
in the United Kingdom in the late 1970s and early 80s.
Against a backdrop of riots and racial tension, it allowed
young Caribbean people to experience intimacy and healing
at parties and clubs," the T&T Film Festival said in a release.
The film won the jury prize for best documentary feature
at the Festival in 2012, and was also a selection of the
European Film Festival last year, the release said.
This screening is hosted by the T&T Film Co under its
ongoing outreach programme T&T Film Nights, in asso-
ciation with the St James Community Improvement Com-
mittee. Entry is free of charge, for all ages, and it s open
to the public. Doors open at 6 pm and there will be refresh-
ments on sale.
More info: 621-0709 or go to ttfilmfestival.com
The NGO Jazz Alliance was all set to
hold its second annual concert to
mark International Jazz Day in April.
The artists were on board, and a venue had
been chosen. But a lack of funds meant the
six-year-old organisation had to scrap its plans.
Running short of money is typical for arts
organisations outside of Carnival, said Jazz
Alliance president Sean Thomas, particularly
for an artform that he says still struggles to
draw support from audiences and the State.
Money is always a problem.
Which is why, after securing sponsorship
from the National Lotteries Control Board,
the Alliance will be handing out cash rewards
of its own to an elderly jazz legend and a
promising young musician at a concert on
June 28. The show will end a week of cele-
brations in honour of Jazz Day, two months
after the official date.
Thomas, a percussionist, doesn t believe in
waiting for others to do what needs to be
done. When 60 people and organisations were
honoured as national icons last month, he
was stunned that legendary jazz guitarist
Fitzroy Coleman was left out.
Coleman was immortalised in the David
Rudder hit Calypso Music: "Fitzroy Coleman
fingers dancing on the fret/And when you
think that he through/He ain t start nothing
"When he played with [Sparrow and other
artists], the fact that he used to do all these
wonderful things on the guitar, people used
to be looking at him," said Thomas, "and Spar-
row and they used to be upset with him
because it was almost like he was stealing
The June 28 concert will be dedicated to
"He s 90 this year, and he s still living in
Laventille with his ailing wife," said Thomas.
"We felt that it was important to remind the
society that Fitzroy Coleman is still here with
us."One of Thomas students, drummer Adriel
Vincent-Brown, will be given a scholarship
to attend the New School for Jazz and Con-
temporary Music in Manhattan. It s the second
time the Alliance has offered the scholarship.
The organisation has made educating a new
generation about jazz an important part of its
mandate and conducts regular workshops.
Thomas and his quartet are planning visits
to various schools as part of Jazz Week, and
he and his students will entertain children at
the National Library in Port-of-Spain on the
afternoon of June 26, by using instruments
to tell stories.
"We believe once we expose young people
to that, it would kind of make it easier for
them to appreciate jazz," said Thomas.
The theme of the week is The Bridge
Between Their Soul and Our Music, an
acknowledgement of the American origins of
jazz and an expression of hope that it can have
a positive impact on T&T s music.
The concert will be held at the Central Bank
Auditorium and feature Mungal Patasar with
his band Pantar as well as the Sean Thomas
Patasar, a sitarist whose band includes musi-
cians on pan and other instruments, is a good
example of what infusing jazz into local culture
can do, Thomas said.
"Jazz allows for musicians---because [it
makes them] knowledgeable about harmony,
rhythm and melody---to now have a better
opportunity to take their music forward," said
Jazz Week will start on the afternoon of
June 24 with a discussion between Thomas
and Nirad Tewarie, CEO of the Coalition of
Services Industries, on Heritage Radio 101.7
ARTS DIARY Lover's Rock to show at We Beat
A still from The Story of Lover's Rock.
Using jazz to take
T&T music forward
Sean Thomas, president of the Jazz Alliance.
Sitarist Mungal Patesar, whose band Pantar
will play at the Jazz Alliance concert.
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