The crew of Copenhagen Steelband
are all hardened musicians with years of experience within both steel band music
and other genres of rhythmical or even classical music. See below a brief
presentation of the musicians of the band.
The rhythm section of Copenhagen Steel
could with some justice be called the band's engine room. With a razor-sharp
precision the section founds the beat that is so characteristic for the
Copenhagen Steelband Sound. And the corny solos on the congas and timbales are
a indispensable part of the band's sound and performance.
Svend on the drums is the main
engine of Copenhagen Steelband rhythm. With unfailing precision, he is in charge
of the tight and cutthroat beat, that characterizes the band's sound. Svend has
been behind the drums since the band started in 1981, with interruptions from
detours in other bands. Svend has among others played in Balsam, the main
trendsetting soca band in Denmark throughout the 1980s and 1990s.
Percussions - Per Trøjgaard
Per in the man on congas and
other handheld percussions. From the middle of the band, where he has been since
1997, he is using his brilliant breadth of musical view to govern the band's
rhythm section - if he is not in the middle of one of his phenomenal congas
solos. Per is from a family with long musical traditions, and has all his live
played in a vast number of bands.
Percussions - Kresten Madsen
"Iron man" er timingen i Steelband og grund rytmen i Soca.
I Copenhagen Steelband er det Timbales og ko klokker der
varetager denne karateristiske sound. Timbales er også
stemmen der med mange soli er med til at fange publikum
og skabe helheden i orkestret.
The Bass section of Copenhagen
Steelband is a huge thing. With 6 full-size oil drums, the bass
section takes a lot of space, but is an impressive sight. The section is placed
in the back row, and takes care of the deepest sounds of the band's sound picture.
pans - Morten Sylvestersen
Morten is Denmark's
definite most experienced steel band bass player. He has
excelled behind the basses in Copenhagen Steelband for
more than 20 years, and must be considered the most
skilled and best playing steel band bass player in
Denmark (and probably in many other countries). When he
is not playing bass, the main instrument is guitar, and
on the guitar he has participated in many band
Bass pans - Per Vitoft
1992 was the year when Per first put his feet behind the
bass-pans in Copenhagen Steel Band - a position which he
carried throughout 8 years. But then it was time for a
family increases, so Per was "granted paternity leave"
indefinitely. In autumn 2008, we gladly accept the
returnees of Per, now once again has taken his mighty
instrument. Outside the steel band, the electric bass is
Pers instrument - and on rare occasions one can even see
him play at contrabass.
The chord voices Guitar pan and
Tenor pan constitutes the band's hard working midfield. Along with the rhythm
section they are with their blown up hard rhythmic accompaniment a very
important element in the characteristic sound, that only can be experienced with
Guitar pans - Sten Marcher
Since 2004, Sten has pumped up the chords
into a swinging beat. Sten learned his new instrument
very fast, and was able to go on his first tour after
only 6 months. Outside the band, Sten teaches something
as far from steel band music, as truck driving.
|Tenor pans -
Tenor tønderne varetager
den høje del af akkordsektionen, og udgør med deres
karakteristiske ”bjæffen” en uundværlig del af den
karakteristiske Copenhagen Steelband sound.
The Barytone voice is the
band's hanging forward. With it's depths and copiousness sound, the voice fills
in the blanks between the profound basses and the high sopranos and altos. Both
as a lower part to the melody, and as a supplement to the chords.
Barytone pans - Henning
Henning is the band's musical
leader, and in concerts, the man in the middle. He has juggled behind the
Barytone pans since 1988, and has been in charge of the arrangements of a great
deal of the repertoire. Henning is a great part of the composer group of the
the steel bans, the main instrument is piano, and as a
pianist, Henning has played in a number of jazz
Alto pan is the instrument for
the steel pan equilibrist. With it's comprehensive sound of voice, and the big
range at over 2 and a half octave, the alto has an important role in the melody
section of Copenhagen Steelband.
|Alto pans - Lars Monrad
Lars has played alto pan since
the beginning of the 1980's and is a very skilled and experienced performer of
the instrument. In Copenhagen Steelband, Lars has handled the alto pans since
1993. Besides steel band, Lars is a true pop musician, and has participated in
(and won) several music contests.
||Alto pans -
The spearhead of Copenhagen
Steelband is without doubt the sopranos. With their light, yet very powerful
sound, they carry the highest of the melody voice. The sopranos can be compared
to the forwards in football who with sexy dribbles and tasty details makes the
music an integrated work of art.
|Soprano pan - Timm Jensen
Timm was an early
starter, seen from a musical perspective. He was
equipped with drums at the age of 10, and soon after,
the percussions, xylophone, vibraharp followed. At the
age of 13 Timm played his very first steel pan, so you
can imagine there are many years of hard work and
experience behind the beautiful sonorous melody that Timm fill the air with, in the Copenhagen Steel Band
||Soprano pan - Flemming
Flemming is Copenhagen Steel
Band's grand old man, as he is the only one who has been in the band continuously
since 1981. And Flemming has always controlled the soprano pan elegantly in the
front line of the band. When he sees a piano, he is often not capable of walking
away - on this instrument it's Scott Joplin's wonderful ragtime classics Flemming declared his love to.