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‘Professor’ to play at after-Carnival concert

Saturday, February 25, 2012
Ken “Professor” Philmore


Fans of good music ought to be pleased to hear of the recently announced and highly anticipated collaboration between two Trinidadian musical legends—Steven Springer of Tropicooljazz and pannist extraordinaire Ken “Professor” Philmore—at the “After Carnival Tropicooldown.” The event is scheduled for today, in the form of a free concert at MovieTowne at Fiesta Plaza in Port-of-Spain. This marks the first time these iconic artists have worked together since last summer when they both appeared together at a jazz festival in the US. Also appearing will be master percussionist Kenneth Clarke. Springer was born in Trinidad and was inspired by the melodic lilting sound of soca and calypso, and started playing guitar at a young age. He was intrigued by the fusion of many different cultures and beautiful natural features of Trinidad. Springer moved to the US and formed a band called Sanctuary, which rose to fame during the 1980s. Touring worldwide, he later worked with Hugh Borde’s world famous Trinidad Tripoli Steel Band for several years, winning many awards. Despite having been diagnosed with terminal cancer, Springer continues to play and record worldwide, having recently completed a tour of the UK where he had the honor of playing at the legendary Cavern Club, birthplace of The Beatles.
Philmore is well known as one of the top pan soloists in the world. Since 1987, he has produced over 16 albums, has won acclaim at the annual Panorama competition, and has played with the prestigious Duke Ellington Orchestra for their tours to Europe and North America.  Apart from Trinidad, Philmore currently arranges music for steel bands both in New York and the UK. In this year’s Panorama competition he arranged for San Fernando’s NLCB Fonclaire and Courts Sound Specialists of Laventille. “I am excited to be able to play once again with such a creative and dynamic player as Professor,” said Springer in a recent phone interview from his home in the US. “The energy that we create together keeps me going. I know that, with Kenneth on percussion, the three of us will explore some very interesting and new musical territories.” Springer and Philmore are also scheduled to perform together this summer at several more festivals in the US, however this will be the only chance for Trinidad audiences to hear them together this year, so don’t miss your chance to see them.


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