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This a free workshop featuring classic Calypso rhythms and melodies for the uke.
For the last 20 years, Chris has been a multi-instrumentalist, teacher, ensemble coach, songwriter, composer and active member of the diverse international music community in Toronto. He has played and written in a number of styles including ska, reggae, calypso, soca, samba, choro, Americana, country, punk, klezmer, jazz and classical musics. He is completing his doctoral dissertation in ethnomusicology from the University of Toronto, a study of professional songwriters in Nashville, Tennessee. He currently works as music director with Shadowland Theatre, Clay and Paper Theatre and the Professionals Calypso Tent, has an active private teaching practice and directs three bands.
Roger has pursued a life-long interest in traditional music of the Caribbean. He began his career in Barbados singing with Caribbean dance bands in the 1970s and was lead singer of the Sandpebbles, a popular Calypso band that had a string of hits, released three albums and toured extensively throughout the Caribbean, Canada and USA. Roger has worked freelance with a wide variety of artists, and since 1993 he has been a performing member of COBA (Collective of Black Artists), one of Canada’s leading Black dance/theatre companies. He has recorded three albums and is an active member of the calypso community and a featured singer in the annual Calypso Tents Music Series. Roger has conducted Caribbean Drumming and Guitar classes at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church since 2009.