Charlotte’s Web presents Panoramic

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From Trinidad and Tobago comes an amazing band of award-winning musicians to entertain the Charlotte’s Web audience at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 14. Catch them at Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, 415 N. Church St.

Panoramic takes a wide-angle view of music. Formed by steelpan virtuoso Liam Teague and Robert Chappell (piano, marimba, tabla), the group combines intricate original compositions and intense improvisations with calypso, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and even East Indian rhythms. With Orlando Cotto (congas), Doug Stone (saxophones), Phil Beale (drum set) and Josh Ramos (bass), Panoramic pays tribute to its members’ Caribbean heritage while integrating the band’s musical experiences in jazz, classical and world genres into a unified whole.

Liam Teague

Hailed as a prodigy in his native Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies, Liam Teague won his first national steelpan competition at age 13, one year after he began playing it. His performances have been universally praised: “Liam Teague is a certified virtuoso. Wielding his mallets at top speed, he unleashed cascades of sound as dazzling as the violin arpeggios and cadenzas of a Midori or a Gil Shahm” (Chicago Sun-Times).

Teague has released six CDs on the Engine Room label, including Hands Like Lightning, Emotions of Steel, Impressions, Teague/Tappin and the 2002 release, A Christmas Gift. Teague and Chappell released their first CD, For Lack of Better Words, in July 2002 on Rhythmic Union Records.

Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Tickets are available at Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State St., 963-6765; The Postal Shoppe, Edgebrook Center, 397-7301 and 2205 S. Perryville, 484-0940; The Kilt & Clover, 1314 N. Main St., 962-5458; or by mail with check and SASE, 10928 N. Main, Rockton, IL 61072. For Web information, call 964-2238.

From the Oct. 11-17, 2006, issue

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