Pantonic Steel Orchestra is made up of a group of about one hundred charismatic, talented and popular young men and women who have captured the heart and soul of the urban Caribbean experience. In a nutshell – they are New York – in attitude, in presence. These exceptionally versatile musicians from varied backgrounds and cultures are equally comfortable with Rap, R&B and Popular musical genres as they are with Caribbean music. They represent the next level of the burgeoning steelband phenomenon.
In the premiere
North American Steelband competition which takes place annually in New York,
Pantonic - formed in 1997 and headed by founder Glenda Gamory - has placed:
The group’s special combination of musical excellence and dynamic drive, together with the panists’ direct musical and blood lineage as children and grandchildren of the legendary members of Steel Orchestras such as Desperadoes, All Stars and Renegades – bring a legitimacy and fiery edge to their performances that can make them the first legitimate wearers of the crown of Superstar Steelband on the world stage. Bred and raised in New York, the musical mecca of the world, Pantonic was born MTV-ready with their instinctive synchronous choreography that assures a mass global youth appeal.
The world-wide acknowledged, unmatched and unchallenged musical wizardry of Pantonic arranger Clive Bradley - until his untimely passing in 2005 - was combined with the unique and unrivalled capturing and production techniques of Basement Recordings, Inc., bringing forth riveting steelband performances on Pantonic Live! The CD. The inherent mystical and hypnotic pulsating of the drums in Pantonic’s pan performances as they stake their musical claim with clinically precise but intimidating thundering bass lines, accompanied with insistent and mesmerizing mids, and capped by the triumphant proclamation of their searing high notes – is accurately reproduced by Basement Recordings in a way that will be unequalled by any other steelband audio productions.
mastery continues under arranger Keith Roberts, who, as the group's
year-round musical director, stepped in and confidently filled the void left
by the late Clive Bradley, as the orchestra's panorama arranger as of 2006.
Musical arranger Clive Bradley was to steelband what Jay-Z and Dr. Dre are to the Rap artform. With his musical legacy and the group's talent, combined with Roberts' ongoing signature work with them, all captured by Basement Recordings as part of the Pan-4-Life series of recordings, Pantonic could therefore very well be the first Platinum recording steelband; and could mark the beginning of bringing about the return of the Instrumentals, which will be downloaded and played on MP3s and musical systems with a musical fervor which has not been seen since the seventies.
Pantonic has released four CDs to date: Pantonic Live!; Tonic for The Soul; Tonic Gems and; The Bradley Years.
For CDs: www.Pantonic.com/cds
For more info:
About Pantonic - in Japanese