I am a steel pan player, vocalist and educator, .
I began playing pans at age 7, and by age 13, was touring the world with some of Trinidad's best steel pan bands. I performed at Royal Albert Hall, Carnegie Hall, The White House, and The United States Capital Building. As an educator in partnership with Berklee College of Music I taught at the City Music Program in Boston. I also honed my talents as a vocalist and have shared the stage with legendary artists Burning Spear, Beres Hammond, Jimmy Cliff and many others. I perform as a steel drum soloist or with a band at weddings, corporate functions, and private events..
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 60 - 240 minutes
What to Expect
With over 40 years of experience I sing and play many genres of music
(Calypso, Reggae, Funk, Jazz, Blues, Latin, Classical and more).
I can perform as a solo act or with a band for background music, concert or dance.
Michael Gabriel is a steel pan player, educator, arranger, builder, and tuner. He began playing pans young, and by age 13, was touring the world with some of Trinidad's best steel pan bands. As a soloist with the stage side bands of Cassablanca Steel Orchestra and Phase II Pan Groove, Michael performed at Royal Albert Hall, Carnegie Hall, The White House, and The United States Capital Building. As a student of all things steel pan, Michael also learned to craft and tune pans in Trinidad.
He moved to the United States in 1987, and after a few years in New York City, Michael settled on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. There, he honed his talents as a vocalist, leading reggae/funk/calypso bands Ambakyala, Jamm Down, Shango Axe, and The Dunebilly Allstars. With these groups, he has shared the stage with legendary artists Burning Spear, Beres Hammond, Jimmy Cliff, and others. In addition, Michael performs as a steel drum soloist at weddings, corporate functions, and private events across throughout New England. He is an educator in partnership with Berklee College of Music at the City Music Program in Boston.
Michael travels home to Trinidad each winter for Panorama, where he plays lead with seven time champion Phase II Pan Groove. In 2016, he was also the composer and arranger for Casablanca Steel Orchestra.
Upcoming Booked Events
|June 15, 2019 • 5:00pm - 6:30pm||Dinner Party|
Past Booked Events
|August 25, 2018 • 3:30pm - 5:30pm||Children's Birthday Party|
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