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Published on April 26th, 2013 | by Ray Funk and Andrew Martin - Trinidad Guardian Newspapers

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Teague takes pan in new directions

Today, associate professor of steelpan and co-director of the Northern Illinois University Steelband Liam Teague will give a faculty recital of exciting new chamber works for steelpan. The recital consists entirely of new works commissioned by or for Professor Teague. Faculty recitals are a rare occasion for Teague, “I don’t do them very often. The last one was a joint recital with my colleague Robert Chappell in Spring 2010.” In this upcoming recital, Teague will perform the new works and will show off the nation’s instrument in the intimate setting of Northern Illinois University’s Boutell Memorial Recital Hall. Like the recent Northern Illinois University Steelband concert and the ongoing series of graduate recitals, this recital will be webcast live on the internet and available to pan aficionados around the world.

The recital programme features new compositions by three living composers. The oldest of this trio of works is Cadences by Deborah Teason. This full-length work is scored for pan solo and string quartet and was premiered by Teague and the Vermeer Quartet in 2006. For this recital, he will be performing the last two movements of this challenging work with the Avalon String Quartet. A young group of talented performers, the Avalon String Quartet came to Dekalb in 2007 as Artist Faculty in Residence at the Northern Illinois University School of Music. In addition to a rigorous tour schedule, the Avalon String Quartet also teaches students and coaches student ensembles. Composer Deborah Teason first got involved with pan over 20 years ago as a graduate student at Wesleyan University and pan has since taken over her life.

Teason works out of New Haven, Connecticut, where she has been directing the Yale University steelband, the very active St Luke’s Steelband, a church group that records and tours the New England area, and various youth steelbands. In addition to Cadences, Teason continues to compose and arrange for pan, having written a concerto for pan and, more recently, the work Pan Hymnal featuring 20 liturgical pieces for pan.

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