Story Time with Mr. Sanch - Globally Positioning Steelpan: A GPS for @Expo2020 Dubai
The Steelpan Tuners’ Guild of Trinidad and Tobago (STGTT), and, @Sanch Electronix Limited (SANCH) will present *#GPS; GLOBALLY POSITIONING STEELPAN* at the Trinidad and Tobago Pavilion during @Expo 2020 Dubai.
For the first time in World Expo history, every participating country will have its own pavilion. As immersive cultural experiences reveal what makes each country unique, SANCH and STGTT will create for an audience of close to 25,000,000 people from 192 countries, a showcase to introduce and celebrate, the history, development, and innovation of the national musical instrument of The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago - The Steelpan.
An opportunity has been created to donate samples of our treasury to three individuals/organizations/entities - a “pan kit” along with fifteen hours of online tuition valued at US $1500.00, 30 assorted CDs from the SANCH catalogue valued at US $500.00 and two hard-cover books on steelpan history valued at US $ 200.00, respectively. These artifacts will be shipped from Trinidad to the lucky winners - randomly generated by computer from wherever they exist - who purchase tickets for the ENCORE of HEAL OUR LAND – THE CONCERT, scheduled for October 30th at 5:00 p.m. EDT.
Please access the hyperlink for details.
Story Time with Mr. Sanch - Backstage Theatre Upstages Centre Stage Even Beyond HOLA 2016
At around 4:00 p.m. Andre Walker, one of two HOLA producers on August 14, 2016, undertook a lengthy journey to collect his keyboard at home as the one provided on stage at the @Little Carib Theatre was not immediately satisfactory to Mr. Felix Roach. However, “Sugar Fingers” continued to familiarize himself with the resident instrument, sans a proper dress rehearsal with Andre or the Sons of God Chorus, who remained backstage for almost an hour in “suspended animation”.
So, "How can I give thanks for the things He has done for me. The things so undeserved as He gave his life to prove for me. The voices of a million angels cannot express my gratitude. All that I am and all I hope to be, I owe it all to thee. To God be the glory! To God be the glory! To God be the glory! for the things He has done." - a grateful, gleeful Andre now cogitates - especially as steelpan virtuoso @Ray Holman was unable perform due to an unplanned happenstance…
Meanwhile, approximately 100 disappointed, would-be patrons could not be admitted to the sold-out auditorium. The executive producer empathized by allowing most of them to stand in the lobby and view the concert on a flat-screen monitor for one-third of the admission price, which had included “a wine-and-cheese cocktail hour” before showtime…
Additionally, the operators of the brand-new television production vehicle were not totally acquainted with its settings and depended heavily on the skills of @Gyasi Adams to ensure that the programme was filmed in HD before being subsequently edited to 96 minutes. The entire audio (24-bit, 176 kHz HDCD) track could generate a revenue stream as a “future-proof” FLAC album…
In perhaps the most dramatic example of “serendipitous mysticism” related to HOLA 2016, @Sanch Electronix Limited terminated its physical operations on October 31st, 2018, just prior to the COVID-19 rampage. The company is currently transitioning into the digital domain to fulfil the objectives of One Caribbean Voice (OCV) – “a cultural gateway to sustainable socio-economic development…from an ICT perspective” …
HOLA ENCORE will be streamed commercially on Saturday October 30th at 5:00 p.m. EDT, exactly three years after the shop was closed. It will coincide with the end of the first month of @Expo 2020 Dubai and the award of an Honorary Doctor of Letters to Holman by @UWI St Augustine Campus two days earlier. Extraordinary, isn’t it?
Get your tickets here
Happy Birthday Mr. Sanch!!
THANK YOU EVERYONE - friends, family, and colleagues for the overwhelming and humbling Happy Birthday Wishes
Simeon L. Sandiford aka “Mr. Sanch” , accepts your kind sentiments with eternal gratitude.
Please accept my Birthday invitation to purchase a single ticket or as many as you wish for $12.25USD per ticket so that we may reach supporters around the world and celebrate a Winner after 5000 tickets are sold.
The Hola Encore Livestream Concert is a platform launch inviting supporters around the world to enjoy a sample of the Trinidad and Tobago music culture and link to @Exportt at Expo2020 Dubai.
Just think Global Positioning of TnT culture Trinidad and Tobago Pavillion at Expo Dubai.
Click here to purchase a ticket or gift a ticket donation.
** SANCH has partnered with EXPORTT and The Steelpan Tuners’ Guild of Trinidad and Tobago (STGTT) to donate samples from its diverse steelpan treasury to three individuals, organizations, or entities who visit the Trinidad and Tobago Pavilion during Expo 2020 Dubai and buy tickets to HOLA Encore. There is also the chance of winning a “pan kit” along with fifteen hours of online tuition worth $1500.00, 30 assorted CDs from the SANCH catalogue valued at $500.00 and two hard-cover books on steelpan history valued at $200.00, respectively. The artifacts will be shipped from Trinidad to the lucky winners randomly generated by a computer, irrespective of their location.
** (Winners will be randomly drawn and announced on all social media platforms after 5000 tickets are sold.)
Get your tickets here!!! Do not wait!
Story Time with Mr. Sanch – Purchasing Tickets for HOLA ENCORE
Dear patrons - many of you have been enquiring about purchasing tickets for the premiere of Heal Our Land – the Concert (HOLA) or open the first hyperlink below. Here’s the procedure:
- Click on “Register” button at the bottom of the email invitation you received from Eventbrite
- Select number of tickets
- Click “Register”
- You will be directed to the Checkout page:
- You will see an option to assign each ticket to an email address (your email address would be the default)
- Insert the email addresses for each ticket you are assigning to someone else up to a maximum of four assignees. If you need more than four tickets, please initiate a new request.
- Complete the purchase
- View tickets
- Order summary will show tickets assigned
- Each guest email you assigned will receive a confirmation email that you have registered them for the event
- Patrons and their guests will receive periodic notifications via email as a buildup to the event. On Saturday October 30th, there will be a reminder at 4:00 p.m. when the “auditorium” opens for “virtual seating”. Access to two HOLA trailers will be available from 4:50 p.m. by clicking the “play” icon on your screen. This will segue to the concert precisely at 5:00 o’ clock.
The best payment options are credit/debit card. Good luck, and thanks for your generous support!
Please Note that the Box Office will close at 1:00 p.m. – four hours before Showtime
Get your tickets here!!!
Story Time with Mr. Sanch – A Tribute to Dr. Ray Anthony Holman
In the midst of passionate advocacy for the Steelpan to be officially proclaimed the national musical instrument of Trinidad and Tobago, it is logical to identify the erudite composer, arranger, soloist, and bilingual educator - Dr, Ray Holman - as its foremost Ambassador for he has traversed the world for over six decades promulgating Pan passionately.
Congratulations and best wishes on being awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree by @University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, on October 30th, 2021.
Born on April 22nd, 1944, amid the turmoil of WW11 and now the fountainhead of a family of six children, six grandchildren and five great grandchildren, I first encountered @Ray Holman on 2nd February 1987 at the Exodus Panyard, St. Augustine, Trinidad after he summoned me to record the thunderous sound of 100 pannists, percussionists playing his popular premiere of Pan Woman, perfectly phrased and later released as track three of side A of Panyard ’87, the world’s first “digital reference cassette”. Calypsonian Winston Albert aka “De Alberto” composed the lyrics and sung the calypso of Ray’s melody.
Thereafter, I have followed Ray having become - “one of the disciples of the pied piper of Woodbrook” - recording most of his Panorama offerings, especially at slower tempi where the beauty and intricacy of certain arrangements can be savoured time and again. The exception was ‘Plenty Lovin’ in 1990, a refrain with his melody, lyrics by the late Dennis Franklyn aka “The Merchant” and played by Carib Tokyo Steel Orchestra for which I “have a tabanca” to this day.
Apart from Panorama music and others performed in a Pan-Jazz setting, the ditty I treasure most is ‘Balada Para Rubalcaba’, an ode inspired by anguish and distress while recording overdubs and solos for the album ‘Rubalcaba Meets Ray’ - @Sanch Electronix Limited HDCD 1501.
Guillermo Rubalcaba - Cuban pianist, bandleader, composer, orchestrator creator of the Charanga Rhythm - who specialised in danzón, and cha-cha-cha - passed away suddenly on September 06th 2015 causing a devastated Ray to switch moods and abandon forever the almost-complete testament to the “sartorially-elegant” maestro who he never met.
Ray is the quintessential ladies’ gentleman. My wife Rhona, our daughters @Rhea Pearse, Simone and Sarah Sandiford and our cousin @Kemi Ible – professional musician and social entrepreneur - all adore Ray who continues to enrich their lives. Kemi and I have collaborated to produce this commemorative video in his honour.
@Morten Stove and @Reference Recordings - by combining @DPA microphones with HDCD encoding and mastering technologies, Sanch steelband recordings are easily distinguishable from the competition by their subtle, spacious, sublime sonic signatures.
@Kenneth Scott - you have skillfully illustrated my project concepts for close to forty years. We have not yet reached our zenith, however, as we continue to beg Ray’s provocative question - “O’ Trinidad, will we ever learn to love again”?