Liam Teague, steelpan
Robert Chappell, piano & percussion
Friday June 14 at 8pm
Clark Music Center
The Lawrenceville School
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Tickets: $25 Buy Tickets General admission seating
Approximate end time: 9:30pm
Bringing together two acclaimed musicians in an intimate recital setting, the Liam Teague and Robert Chappell duo features the steelpan (steel drum) wizardry of Teague, complemented by the multi-instrumental artistry of Chappell on piano, marimba, and Indian tabla.
The program highlights the lyrical, rhythmic, and improvisatory possibilities of the steelpan and draws from a wide range of music — including classical, jazz, and world arrangements — along with original compositions by Teague and Chappell.
The duo promises a recital that will appeal to a wide range of audiences.
Hailed as the "Paganini of the Steelpan,"Liam Teague currently serves as the Head of Steelpan Studies and is an associate professor of Music at Northern Illinois University (NIU). Along with Clifford Alexis, he Co-directs the Northern Illinois University Steelband.
Teague has received many awards in his homeland of Trinidad and Tobago and won a number of notable competitions such as the Trinidad and Tobago National Steelband Festival Solo Championship and the St. Louis Symphony Volunteers Association Young Artiste Competition. His commitment to demonstrating the great musical possibilities of the steelpan has taken Teague to Europe, Asia, and Australia as well as North and Central American and the Caribbean. He has performed with a diverse range of ensembles, including Taiwan National Symphony, Czech National Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Panama National Symphony, Vermeer String Quartet, Dartmouth Wind Ensemble, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Marching Band.
Teague has given presentations at several Percussive Arts Society International Conventions (PASIC), commissioned a number of significant composers to write for the steelpan, and taught and performed at reknowned programs such as the Interlochen Academy for the Performing Arts. He is currently the musical arranger for the Starlift Steel Orchestra, one of the most celebrated steelbands in the world. To date, Teague has recorded eight CDs, including Hands Like Lightning (1993), For Lack of Better Words (2002), Panoramic: Rhythm Through an Unobstructed View (2005) and Open Window (2010).
Robert Chappell's career has encompassed an inclusive range of musical styles and genres in performance, education and composition. After receiving degrees in percussion performance from Ohio State University and the University of North Texas, Chappell's interest in world percussion resulted in continued study of Ugandan amadinda xylophone, West African drumming, and East Indian tabla (Ustad Zakir Hussain and Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri). He received an Indo-American Research Fellowship in 1990 for study with renowned tabla master Ustad Alla Rakha in Bombay, India.
Robert has performed with the Columbus, Ft. Worth, Dallas and Indianapolis Symphonies, and toured internationally and recorded with the Paul Winter Consort and his own world-jazz group, Rhythmic Union. Since 1998, Chappell has been performing with steelpan virtuoso Liam Teague in Liam Teague + Robert Chappell and since 2002 with the world-jazz group, Panoramic. Their duo CD, For Lack of Better Words, was released in 2002 on Rhythmic Union Records.
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