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Liam Teague's Bio

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Hailed as the “Paganini of the Steelpan,” Liam Teague currently serves as the Head of Steelpan Studies and Associate Professor of Music at Northern Illinois University. Along with Clifford Alexis, he co-directs the NIU Steelband.

He has received many awards in his homeland of Trinidad and Tobago, including the Humming Bird Award (Silver) for “loyal and devoted service,” and won of a number of notable competitions such as the Trinidad and Tobago National Steelband Festival Solo Championship and the Saint 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 America and the Caribbean.

He has performed with many diverse ensembles, including Taiwan National Symphony, Czech National Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, Panama National Symphony, Chicago Sinfonietta, Vermeer String Quartet, Dartmouth Wind Ensemble, University of Wisconsin-Madison Marching Band, Nexus, TCL Group Skiffle Bunch Steel Orchestra, BPtt Renegades Steelband and Starlift Steel Orchestra.

Teague has collaborated with such prominent musicians as Paquito D’Rivera, Dave Samuels, Zakir Hussain, and Evelyn Glennie. As a performer and clinician, Teague has given presentations at several Percussive Arts Society International Conventions (PASIC) and at many educational institutions throughout the world.

He is steelband director at Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Door County, Wisconsin, and he has also taught and performed at the California State University Summer Arts Camp and at the Interlochen Academy for the Performing Arts.

A strong advocate for original steelpan compositions, Teague has commissioned a number of significant composers to write for the instrument, including Michael Colgrass, Jan Bach, Libby Larsen, Deborah Fisher Teason, Joey Sellers, Ben Wahlund, Erik Ross and Kevin Bobo. Many of his own compositions are published with MaumauMusic, PanPress and RamajayMusic.

Teague has served as musical arranger of the TCL Group Skiffle Bunch Steel Orchestra and Starlift Steel Orchestra for Panorama, the most prestigious steelband competition in the world.

To date, Teague has recorded eight compact discs, including Hands Like Lightning (1993), For Lack of Better Words (2002), Panoramic: Rhythm Through an Unobstructed View (2005) and Open Window (2010).


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Liam Teague's 2013 Appearances

A Piano and Pan Recital, Liam Teague, Steel Pan; Richard Tang Yuk, Piano
Saturday 5, January 2013 at 7:30pm,Naparima Bowl, San Fernando
Sunday 6, January 2013 at 5:30pm,Queen's Hall, Port of Spain

12th: ILPAS Day of Percussion
Naperville Central High School
440 West Aurora Ave., Naperville, IL 60540

1: Neighbor’s House charity performance, w/NIU Steelband
Sycamore, IL,Evangelical Free Church
150 Bethany Rd, DeKalb, on the corner of Bethany & First Street.
Performance: 7pm

2: The Dellora A. Norris Cultural Arts Center, w/ NIU Steelband
1040 Dunham Road
St. Charles, IL 60174
Performance: 7:30PM

3: Elkhart Symphony
"A Taste of the Tropics"
Concerto for Steelpan and Orchestra: Jan Bach
The Lerner Theater
Elkhart, IN

8: Peace Lutheran Church, w/ NIU Steelband
Lombard, IL
Performance: 7PM

15-17: Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH

23: Kekionga Steel Drumz, Fort Wayne, IN
Performance: 7pm

28: National Writing Alliance,w/NIU Steelband
Columbia College, 600 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605
Performance: 6-8pm

2: Texas Tech University
Percussion Ensemble & Steelband concert
Texas Tech School of Music, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 79409-2033
Performance: 8pm

7: NIU Steelband spring concert
NIU Boutell Concert Hall
NIU School of Music
DeKalb, IL
Performance: 3pm
Live webcast:

12: Oakland University
Oakland University Steel Band (Pan-Jumbies) and Pan Combo (Pan-Jazz)
Varner Hall, Rochester, MI
World Music Concert featuring Liam Teague
Performance: 10am & 8pm
14: Metamora High School, w/ NIU Steelband
Metamora, IL
Performance: 2:30PM – 4:30PM

20: Carnival of Steel
Richland College, 12800 Abrams Rd. Dallas, Texas
Performance: 11am-10pm

25: Liam Teague, faculty recital
School of Music
Northern Illinois University
Recital Hall
World premiere of original compositions for steelpan by Kevin Bobo, Ben Wahlund and Deborah Fisher Teason
Featuring Kevin Bobo, Greg Beyer, William Koehler and Avalon String Quartet
Live webcast:
Performance: 6:30pm

26: Faith United Protestant Church, w/ NIU Steelband
10 Hemlock Street, Park Forest, IL 60466
Phone: 708.747.1330 Fax: 708.747.1757
Performance: 7:30PM – 9PM

10 & 11: PANorama Caribbean Music Fest
Virginia Arts Festival
440 Bank Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
Virginia Beach Convention Center and 24th St. Oceanfront Stage

17: Utah State Steel Band Festival
Juan Diego Catholic High School
Draper, UT

14: Princeton University
Clark Music Center
The Lawrenceville School
Lawrenceville, NJ
Performance: 8pm

18-21: Virginia Arts Festival
Rhythm Project
Virginia Arts Festival
440 Bank Street
Norfolk, VA 23510

23-30: University of Delaware Steelband Music camp

8-13: Birch Creek Music and Performance Center
Percussion and Steelband session
Door County, Wisconsin

14-15: Indiana University Summer Music Academy

Birch Creek Music and Performance Center
Percussion and Steelband session
Door County, Wisconsin

Liam Teague's Media

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When Steel Talks "Open Window" review