Culture is quietly reshaping itself -
- its look, its structure, and its name.
proposed changes are justified by the progressive steps being made by
the members of the Blue Culture Family. Many of our members, friends
and well-wishers have been quite busy in 2006 and 2007, and produced
successful Musical Albums, Live performances/shows, Art Exhibitions,
and collections of Printed Art.
displays of talent by us, the Youth, have ushered a spirit of confidence
and purpose in both our artistically inclined counterparts as well as
in our supporters and even those who have admitted that they never dreamed
of or were too shy to express themselves through the various media and
(sadly limited) channels of expression.
Let 2008 be yet
another year of communication and sharing. A year in which networking
will be seen as key in the development of the Arts for Youth in Trinidad
& Tobago from both a cultural and an entrepreneurial standpoint.
Take advantage of the workshops, presentations, discussions, (and even
the seemingly insignificant emails you receive) and take the opportunity
to not only make a statement, but to ask a lot of questions.
others to contribute positively towards Blue Culture and invite them
to join the family.
All the best,
Performing and Visual Arts
The Arts Group was established with the main aim of being
dedicated to the proliferation of Trinidad and Tobago's indigenous artforms.
Culture, a local jazz and calypso band, was formed in December 2002.
The band has since developed into an internet-based group and has grown
in membership, from five to one hundred and forty. With all of this
energy and new ideas being shared, it was thought that an appropriate
medium be developed to showcase the talent of the group’s members.
The arts group was established with the main aim of being dedicated
to the proliferation of Trinidad and Tobago’s indigenous artforms.
the MSN Group Site:
Culture’s mandate may be regarded as a manifold of aims:
To identify the talented youth of the Nation (and by extension the Caribbean
Region), and bringing to their attention the possibilities and benefits
of showcasing one’s talents.
• To identify and record the artforms and the impact of the artforms
on society, along with the societal linkages between them.
• To strengthen the financing mechanisms of the performing arts
sector in Trinidad and Tobago while focusing on the involvement of the
youth in order to ensure the longevity of the arts.
• To maintain the integrity of the artforms present in Trinidad
• To create an attitude and a lifestyle in which supporting the
concept of “youth in art” is integral for the development
and survival of the arts in Trinidad and Tobago.
Culture’s means and methodology are perpetuated by its core members’
heartfelt involvement in the community’s various activities through
the performing and visual arts, while providing an alternative to crime
and other obstructions to the development of Trinidad and Tobago’s
"The Band gives us an opportunity to not only express our feelings,
but to also demonstrate or explain to others, our ideas and methods
of approach toward music, in rhythm, melody and lyrics."
Culture was formed in December 2002, as a local jazz and calypso band,
featuring five young musicians from Trinidad – Anthony
Woodroffe Jr. on Saxophone and Flute, Candace Moore
on Piano, Derron Ellies on Steelpan, Shem Brewster
on Bass Guitar and Band Leader, Karl Doyle on Drums.
band met regularly and worked on original compositions as well as developed
arrangements for both local and international pop-covers and jazz standards
including, André Tanker's Sayamanda, Lord Kitchener's
Pan in A-Minor, Chuck Mangione's Feels So Good. Mas
Que Nada by Sérgio Mendes with Brasil '66, and George Gershwin's
Summertime were also part of the repertoire.
Jazz Inc.'s, Sean Thomas, approached Doyle to invite the band to perform
at S.T. Jazz Inc.'s Jazz On the Avenue, Friday 9th May, 2003 at the
Veni Mangé Restaurant. The band, featuring Trinidadian-born singer,
Corinne Gray, played to a packed house and recieved
thunderous applause and a request for an encore after playing their
first original composition, "My Wakeup Call". Although
words of encouragement came from the band members' respective families
as well as from jazz enthusiasts present at the show, as quickly as
June 2003 approached, commitments to school and work came in the way
of the band, causing rehearsals to cease, almost making the Blue Culture,
Thomas introduces the audience to Blue Culture
and Ellies began reading in September of that year, for the Bachelor
in Visual Arts -Special, and the Certificate in Music respectively at
the University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine. While at the
UWI Centre for Creative and Festival Arts (CCFA), they met regularly
at the CCFA's music room and continued their work and exchange of ideas.
Moore (Psychology), and Brewster (Music), already heavily engrossed
in their second year of study at the same university, were regrettably
unable to continue with the band. Woodroffe, a Trinidad and Tobago Music
Festival Hall of Fame inductee, at the time of pursuing Association
of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) qualifications, continued
working with various otherl musical groups including The Brass
Institute of Trinidad & Tobago, The National Youth
Orchestra, Venezuelan-Trinidadian Latin Band Fuego
Latino, and Sheldon Blackman and the Musical Warriors.
At this time, Ellies regularly performed with the very popular local
Parang group, Los Tocadores and a number of local,
medium and small pan groups including the St. James Tripolians
and the Curepe Moods Steel Orchestra. Doyle, while
reading for his BA in Visual Arts - Special, was the drummer for local
steelpan composer and arranger, Ray Holman in his band, Ray
Holman and Friends, The Brass Institute of Trinidad
& Tobago, Fuego Latino, Sheldon
Blackman and the Musical Warriors, and The Kwame Lewis
2005, Doyle, Ellies and Woodroffe met as a send-off for Woodroffe who
was bound for Leeds, UK, to begin reading for his Bachelor's in Music.
The celebration was marked with a small concert featuring friends and
family of Blue Culture:
event was well attended.
Woodroffe, Bass Guitar (older brother of Anthony Woodroffe
Bertrand, Flute and Bass Guitar
Bishop, Steelpan and Drums
Thomas, Steelpan and Drums
Blackman, Guitar and Djembe Drum
Kambon, Djembe Drum and Poetry
2007, the third incarnation of the band featured new yet familiar members;
Reynold Woodroffe, Astar Bishop, and
Venezuelan-born Pianist/Keyboardist, Simon Mendoza. The
three joined Doyle, Ellies and Woodroffe in a 'makeshift-studio' session,
recorded by Cuatro-player and Electronic Music Sequencing DJ, Robert
testifies that, "The Band gives us an opportunity to not only
express our feelings, but to also demonstrate or explain to others,
our ideas and methods of approach to music, in rhythm, melody and lyrics."