iRADIO.tt presents a world première event, RON REID Precious Metals: The Album Launch Concert, at the 400-seat Central Bank Auditorium, Port of Spain on Sunday August 21 from 6:00 PM. Reid is currently an associate professor of contemporary writing and production at the world famous Berklee College of Music in Boston, and he will be returning to Trinidad for an exclusive performance of new music from his latest album, Precious Metals, and the launch of a new era in calypso jazz.
Precious Metals is the first new album of music from Ron Reid in more than a decade. From the new album’s liner notes, written by well regarded scholar and one of America’s leading experts on African American music and music of the African Diaspora, Emmett G. Price III, we read:
Music is a powerful tool of expression and Precious Metals is an exemplar. This mélange of global melodies and timeless rhythms offers an insightful glimpse into the transparent, emotive and reflective life journey of a musician whose love for Trinidadian folk music, Afro-Caribbean culture and jazz is as evident as it is contagious. Ron Reid is a sage with an astute ability to merge the sonic representations of past traditions with contemporary musings.
Indeed! This album and this concert are a celebration and a re-discovery of the best we can be as a land of music. With a supporting cast of peers culled from both Boston and Trinidad, Reid will play a mix of original compositions and new arrangements of the music of Lord Kitchener, Andre Tanker, David “Happy” Williams, Len “Boogsie” Sharpe. Providing support to Reid and his visiting musicians will be a cadre of the best local musicians and instrumentalists: guitarist Theron Shaw, Anthony Woodroffe Jr. on saxes and flute, Natasha Joseph on steelpan and Tamba Gwindi on percussion will appear onstage with the visitors.
Precious Metals marks the third commercial recording by Reid who previously produced Calypsoldier in 1999 with his Caribbean pan jazz ensemble Sunsteel, and Reid, Wright and Be Happy album with fellow Trinidadian ex-pat musicians David “Happy Williams and the late Orville Wright in 2003. On those two album, he was featured on steelpan. Reid himself notes that, “this CD has much more of my bass playing that pan paying. With this Precious Metals project, I hope to perform more frequently with the combination of steel pan and brass and metal percussion, thus the title.”
Being a multi-instrumentalist, audiences and record buyers will savour the fact that the new album also marks Reid’s first professional recording on piano, on the mournful ballad “Moonchild” written by Andre Tanker for the Derek Walcott play Ti-Jean & His Brothers. One discovers that in addition to his stated expanded instrumentalist role, the idea of Reid as a music archaeologist mining the remote depths of the Trinidad canon to find forgotten gems for re-interpretation inspires awe.
As part of the group that made up the “protégés of the Schofield Pilgrim generation” of calypso jazz pioneers, Reid stands among giants who made our music global. With a storied career of over 30 years composing, performing, and teaching, Reid has been a standard-bearer for improvisational Caribbean music that includes an eclectic mix of Trinidadian folk, Afro-Caribbean and jazz music. From composing the theme music for pioneering local television programmes to being the musical director with touring troupe of Derek Walcott’s Trinidad Theatre Workshop to participating at the heights of academe at Berklee, Ron Reid, with this new album and concert, continues a journey to excellence. By shining a light on the musical gems within our local repertoire, we share in an album of priceless offerings.
RON REID Precious Metals: The Album Launch Concert is an opportunity not to be missed. A local audience of 400 at the Central Bank Auditorium can and will be among the first to get the album as it is launched to the world.
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- WHO: Ron Reid and iRADIO.tt
- WHAT: RON REID Precious Metals: The Album Launch Concert.
- WHERE: Central Bank Auditorium, Eric Williams Plaza, Port of Spain.
- WHEN: Sunday 21st August 2016. Event start time: 6:00 pm. Doors open from 5:00 pm.
- TICKETS: Tickets priced at $300.00 (inclusive of the new CD)
Available at these ticket outlets:
- SANCH Electronix, Monday to Saturday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm; and
- PAPER BASED Bookshop, Normandie Hotel Monday to Friday: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Saturday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, or
Online at iRADIO.tt;
Order by Phone at 366-6104
Save the Date – Sunday, 21 August, 2016