Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 16th 2014 Contents performing with said to the audience,
"Of all the steelpan players that I have
worked with, Liam Teague is defi-
nitely...ONE of them." Lol. I never
forgot that as I really respected this
musician and thought that he was
going to pay me the ultimate com-
pliment (though I know it would not
have been deserved).
I am always most appreciative when
people tell me just how much my
music has impacted them emotionally
and spiritually, though.
What are your plans for the rest
The NIU Steelband has a number
of performances for the rest of the
semester, including its 40th anniver-
sary concert on April 13.
I have to premiere a new steelpan
concerto with wind ensemble by
Kevin Bobo in April, plus a new com-
position for steelpan and violin by Jan
Bach. In addition, I have several other
performances with steelbands in the
USA. After that, I ll be returning to
Trinidad for the Ansa McAL
Caribbean Awards for Excellence, and
then teaching at the Birch Creek Music
and Performance Center in Wiscon-
I m looking forward to a bit of down
time with my family during the sum-
mer, and then it s back to living my
life as a musical chameleon.
What advice would you give to the
country's leaders to create a better
Lead with honesty, compassion,
sensitivity, dignity and with a vision
for the future.
What advice would you give to
the young people of T&T?
First and foremost, remember to
live life with respect and dignity and
to honour the sanctity of life. I feel
that one of the reasons why crime
has been so rampant and devastating
is that many in our society have no
fear of God and, as a result, are
unconcerned with repercussions.
Finally, I would say that the young
people of T&T should strive for hap-
piness. I believe that at the end of the
day, this is the one thing that we all
How can we find out more about
you and keep up to date with your
Describe yourself in two words;
one beginning with L, the other with
T, your initials.
Loving and Thankful.
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Of all your shows, concerts,
performances, which would you
like a first time audience, listener
or viewer to experience?
Tough question, but probably
my performance a few years ago
with the Czech National Sym-
phony in Prague, Czech Republic.
I was not prepared for the love
that the audience showed as they
called me back on stage for at
least three encores.
Of all your accolades, prizes
and awards which do you rate
as extremely special?
I treasure all of them, but if
I had to point out a couple, they
would be the Humming Bird
Award (Silver) for my contribu-
tions to culture, plus being
recently recognised by the Ansa
McAL Caribbean Awards for
Excellence as one of its laureates.
If you had to perform for an
audience who had never heard
or seen you before and you had
to perform one song, which
Probably my composition A
Visit to Hell. I feel it demonstrates
many facets of the steelpan s ver-
satility and profundity.
What goals/ambitions do you
To become a better overall
musician and human being. To
do more to help the up-and-
coming generation of Caribbean
musicians and to do whatever I
can to bring happiness to the
What is an interesting facet
of your personality that most
people do not know about you?
people would not know that
about me as I generally appear
to be very serious and/or shy.
However, once I get comfortable
around people, I tend to lighten
up. Also, I m a huge wrestling
and ultimate fighter fan (please
don t judge me). I know it seems
at odds with my non-violent per-
sonality, but I think that I ve
always had competition in my
blood and the soap opera that is
wrestling has been hard to let go.
What is the best compliment
you have ever received?
I am actually a very self-critical
person, and while I am always
grateful for compliments, I tend
not to always take them to heart
as I am always striving to be bet-
ter. However, I love to laugh and
love people s sense of humour,
so one of the "compliments" that
was given to me, happened at a
concert where a musician I was
Living life as a musical chameleon
Most people would not
know that about me as I
generally appear to be
very serious and/or shy."
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