Panoramic takes a wide-angle view of music.
Formed by steelpan virtuoso Liam Teague and Robert Chappell (piano, marimba, tabla), the group combines intricate original compositions and intense improvisations with calypso, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and even East Indian rhythms. With Orlando Cotto, congas, Doug Stone, saxophones, Phil Beale, drum set, and Josh Ramos, bass, Panoramic pays tribute to its member's Caribbean heritage while seamlessly integrating the band's musical experiences in jazz, classical and world genres into a unified whole.
Tenor and Double Second Steelpans
Hailed as a prodigy in his native Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies, Liam Teague won his first national steelpan competition at the age of 13, one year after he began playing the instrument. Since then, every step in Liam's musical development has focused on his goal of taking the steelpan from its street roots to the concert hall. As Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune wrote, "If anyone can elevate the lowly steel drum from the beach to the concert stage, it's Liam Teague."
His performances have been universally praised: "Liam Teague is a certified virtuoso. Wielding his mallets at top speed, he unleashed cascades of sound as dazzling as the violin arpeggios and cadenzas of a Midori or a Gil Shahm," (Chicago Sun-Times) John Von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune wrote, "...he seemed the musical equivalent of Leroy Burrell running the 100-meter dash..."
Liam has released six CD's on the Engine Room label including Hands Like Lightning, Emotions of Steel, Impressions, Teague/Tappin, and the 2002 release A Christman Gift. He has performed throughout North American and the Caribbean as soloist with orchestras, in recital with Liam Teague/Robert Chappell, as soloist with college steelbands, and with Panoramic. Teague and Chappell released their first duo CD, For Lack of Better Words in July 2002 on Rhythmic Union Records.back to top
Piano, Marimba, Tabla
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.
A composer in contemporary, jazz, and cross-cultural idioms, Robert's works have been published by Marimba Productions, Panyard and Pan Press. Robert is a Yamaha, Sabian and Mike Balter artist.back to top
A native of Cayey, Puerto Rico, Orlando Cotto received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico where he studied with Jose Alicea. He holds an Artist Diploma from Peabody Conservatory, Johns Hopkins University where he studied with William Moersch. His other teachers include Leigh Howard Stevens, Rebecca Kite, and Keiko Abe.
As a marimbist, Orlando has performed around the world at colleges, universities, concert halls and festivals. His compact disc recordings have won critical acclaim. He won the Most Outstanding Young Musician of the Year award from the R.J. Reynolds Company in 1993 and in that same year placed second in the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Competition. As a percussionist he has performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, the Camerata Chamber Orchestra, the Festival Casals Orchestra, and the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra.
Orlando has been co-leader and conguero with one of the East Coast's most popular salsa bands, The Rumba Club. A former faculty member at Northern Illinois University, Morgan State University (Maryland) and the University of Delaware, Orlando is a Yamaha Performing Artist and endorses LP percussion and Pro Mark sticks.back to top
Doug Stone was born in Peoria, Illinois, USA and began playing saxophone with local bands at the age of 9. Doug's earliest performances covered a wide range of styles including R&B, small group jazz, big bands and 50's and 60's rock and roll. Doug was the lead Tenor in the renowned Northern Illinois University Jazz Ensemble for four years which included a tour of Europe performing at the Vienne Jazz Festival in France, the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, and the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands. Doug currently performs and teaches in the Chicago area.back to top
Phillip Beale is a native of Chicago Illinois. He recently finished his studies at Northern Illinois University where he studied Percussion Performance/Jazz Studies under Professor Robert Chappell, Associate Dean Richard Holly, and Professor Ronald Carter.
Beale's drum corps background began in 1997 marching snare with the division III corps Mirage from Champaign Illinois. He then spent two years marching snare with Pioneer. He was the section leader in 1999. In 2001 he was the featured drum set player with the Madison Scouts. Also that year, Beale competed in the solo and ensemble competition where he won best multiple percussion solo with a score of 99.3. As a result, Beale was featured in the January and August 2002 issues of Modern Drummer Magazine. Later that year, Phillip took part in the Guitar Center Drumoff where he competed against other Chicago drummers. He would go on to take first place at that store and advance to the regional finals.
Phillip Beale is a distinguished drum set artist in the Midwest having performed with artists/ensembles such as: Soul Slipper, Piece of My Soul, NIU Jazz Ensemble, Panoramic, Liam Teague, Orlando Cotto, Eddie Henderson, Conrad Herwig Donald Harrison, Orbert Davis, Willie Pickens, Christopher "Play" Martin of the hip hop group Kid and Play, George Duke, Victor Mendoza, Michael Spiro. As a result of these performances, Beale has been able to travel and perform in such places as Taiwan, Italy, Trinidad, Canada and Peru, as well as various venues among the U.S. He is also a member of the group Panoramic who performed at the 2003 PAS convention with guest artist Dane Richardson and Michael Spiro. Along with teaching several high school drumlines throughout the state, Phillip also has a well-established private lesson studio. Phillip is currently the snare tech with the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps from Lacrosse WI, and is endorsed by Pro-mark.back to top
Joshua Ramos is a native of Chicago, Illinois, USA and has played with some of the area's finest musicians including Vincent Davis, the David Bayfin Expanse, and the Velvet Lounge Band. He is an original member of the popular funk band Soul Slipper, is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and freelances in the Chicago area. He is equally adept in jazz, Latin, funk, gospel and fusion styles.back to top