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Pan! Our Music Odyssey at Sunny Side of the Doc in France

Pan! Our Music Odyssey at Sunny Side of the Doc in France

Since my first trip to Trinidad + Tobago in 2012 when I attended the festival the first time I have been following the course of the documentary and grand
transmedia project, “PAN! Our Music Odyssey”, by the film and music producer, Jean Michel Giber. His recently completed Calypso Rose is a doc about a 70 year old Calypso singer) and written by Dr. Kim Johnson a noted authority on the pan in
collaboration with story consultant Fernanda Rossi who has doctored films that went on to be nominated for
Academy Awards®.

The avant premiere screening of the 80 minute French version by Maturity Productions in Trinidad and Tobago West Indies in association with France
Television took place with a live performance of the ODYSSEY steelband at the party playing the soundtrack of the film where it is creating a buzz at the
TV market of Sunny Side of the Docs in La Rochelle, France after finishing its Indiegogo campaign.

Please check the new trailer of the history of Pan (steelband), an extraordinary human adventure HERE

The 80 minutes English version will be finalized soon

Find a link to Jean Michel’s interview at Sunny Side of the Docs La Rochelle, France HERE

When I attended the Festival which is coming up again this September 16th – 30th, I was amazed to find this very small country was filled with
every race, as varied as the innumerable species of rice. This country is not only a tropical paradise with its beaches and its forests, its music and its
people of indescribable beauty, but its intelligence — made of Amerindian, African, East Indian, Asian, Arabic, Spanish, French, British and American
traditions as translated by the new generation — is unique. The new and well-educated generation, as we all know, has a special edge over the old and the
mainstream.

The country’s genius-created instrument, PAN, or the steel drum, the only new musical instrument created in the 20th century, is now a subject of study in
most university music schools and has more adherents and orchestras abroad than in the country itself. Pan is compulsory in Finnish primary schools. In
France it builds self-esteem and discipline in schools in rough neighborhoods. There are more steelbands in Switzerland (although they are smaller) than in
T&T (where a small orchestra has 120 members). In African it is different. Johannesburg ensembles combine pans and marimbas. In Tokyo they are
extensions of large corporations. Soon all will come to pan’s Mecca for a grand family reunion. During Carnival, 1,000 steel drum musicians converge here
from all over the world where a giant parade and competition called Panorama transform T&T into a musical paradise. You cannot imagine the
transformative power of a steel band orchestra (called “pan”) unless you experience it first hand.


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Pan! Our Music Odyssey – teaser from Jean Michel Gibert on Vimeo.

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