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  1. 1. Ed. 5920: Music Education Diane Boodhoo (ID #3304965) Theresa Motilal (ID # 3305129) Glenn Solomon (ID #3305171) Parang in the Classroom !
  2. 2. What is Parang? •Parang comes from the Spanish word know as "parranda" (action of merry making, group of serenaders). •In Trinidad it refers to folkloric music of Hispanic American origins.
  3. 3. History of Parang. • First theory of parang music originted during Christianity of Amerindians by French Clergy Indians in (Spanish) Missions. • The second theory is that parang music was introduced by Venezuelans imported to work in the cocoa estates.
  4. 4. • Traditional parang bands often refer to as "Parenderos" consisted of four to six singers accompanied by musicians who played guitar, cuatro, mandolin (bandolin) , violin, cello (violoncello), bandol (bandola), box bass, tambourine, clapper, toc-toc (claves), wood block pollitos, tiple, scratcher (güiro) and maracas (chac-chac or shak-shak). Parang bands would move from house to house in neighbourhood serenading to family and friends during festive seasons. It would be customary for families to greet the Paranderos with drinks and food, following specific steps or rituals that accompanied the entry to a home, the dedication of songs to a host, the eating and drinking, and the departure.
  5. 5. Parang Instruments. • Bandol or Bandola • Box Bass • Cello (violoncello) • Claves (tock tock) • Cuatro • Güiro (scratcher) • Guitar • Mandolin /Bandolin • Maracas (chac-chac or “shak-shak”) • Pollitos • Tiple • Violin • Wood Block
  6. 6. Pictures of Parang Instruments. Box Bass Cuatro Guiro (scratcher) Mandolin Maracas
  7. 7. The Box Bass • The box bass is a box to which a string is attached. When the string is pulled, it gives out a sound. This could be changed by varying the tension in the string and the movement of the stick. Click on the video to play.
  8. 8. The Maracas. • The Maracas are a pair of small calabashes which are cleaned out inside and into which small black seeds and sticks are inserted. Click to play the video.
  9. 9. Types of Parang Songs: • Serenal or Aguinaldo • Anunciacion • Nacimiento • Guarapo • Joropo • Vals (Castillian) • Salsa • Manzanare • Estribillo • Despedida
  10. 10. Popular Parang Bands: • Los Hermanos Lara • La Divina Pastora • La Familia De Rio Claro • Los Paranderos de UWI (UWI - St. Augustine) • Los Tocadores • San Jose Serenaders • Los Alumnos de San Juan • Voces Jovenes • Carib Santa Rosa • Los Ninos de Santa Rosa
  12. 12. • Sat. Oct. 9- Parang Launch @ Parang HQ, ArimaSat. Oct. • Sat. Oct. 16 - Sangre Grande Regional Sporting Complex • Sat. Oct. 23 - Tabaquite Basketball Court, Tabaquite • Sat. Oct. 30 - San Rafael Catholic Parish Hall • Sat. Nov. 6 - Lopinot Basketball Court • Sat. Nov. 13 - North South Parang Clash @ Petrotrin Sport Club, Palo Seco • Sat. Nov. 20 - Maracas/St. Joseph Community Centre • Sat. Nov. 20 - Sun. Nov. 21 - Junior Parang Championships @ Chaguanas North Comprehensive School • Sat. Nov. 27 - Parang Semi-Finals @ Parang HQ, Arima • Sat. Dec. 4 - Valsayn North - Jamoboree Park • Sat. Dec. 11 - Parang Finals @ Arima Velodrome • Sun. Jan. 2 - Lewa - Santa Rosa de lima Catholic Church, Arima
  13. 13. Feature Band: Los Alumnos de San Juan.• Alicia Jaggasar - Vocalist / Guitar • Lauren Birot - Vocalist • Rhonda Rosales -Vocalist • Magdalene Walcott -Vocalist • Natasha Britto - Vocalist • Icana Belgrooe – Vocalist • Maria Jagdeo - Vocalist • Wayne Jagdeo - Pan / Cuatro • Denzil Lyons - Guitar • Nelson Harris - Bass / Drum • Nicholas Jaggasar - Bass Guitar / Marac • Julia Torres - Mandolin • Ian Jaggasar - Box Bass / Drum • Alan Abraham - Marac • Theron Shaw - Lead Guitar • Jeremy Campbell - Toc Toc • Adrian Redhead - Guitar / Cuatro • Nigel Williams - Marac / Cuatro
  14. 14. History of the Band. The band started more than twenty years ago when a group of teenagers. These youngsters attended the San Juan Government Secondary School.
  15. 15. Band Rehearsal. Los Alumnos de San Juan rehearses at least once a week. However, as parang season approaches, the rehearsals increase in frequency. Many sleepless nights are given to band practice and studio time. Click to start the video.
  16. 16. Recording the music. Los Alumnos de San Juan works with Mr. Dave Ramoutar to produce their music. Mr. Ramoutar, a graduate of Berkeley College in the United States of America, is the Manager and owner of ‘Side One Studio’. His studio is located at Orange Grove Road, St. Augustine, Trinidad.
  17. 17. Inside the studio….
  18. 18. Recording an album. •Have an idea and a tune •Meet with a producer. •The producer will revise the tune as needed. •Using selected instruments, the producer will record a demo. •The producer will revise the demo. •Recording of the tracks onto a compact disc. •Mr. Ramoutar uses ‘Sonar 6’recording programme in his digital/analog studio. He has keyboards, hard disc recorder, mixing boards, recording equipment and microphones.
  19. 19. First Interview with Mr. Dave Ramoutar. Click to play the video.
  20. 20. Why does a studio need to be sound proof? • A recording studio with hard walls and sharp corners is going to bounce the audio waves around the room, distorting the sound and affecting the recording. To keep the best possible acoustics in the room, you need something that absorbs the sound and doesn't allow it to bounce. Egg crate foam is one of the products you can use to absorb and prevent bounce. The ceiling of the isolation booth
  21. 21. Do you know why the recording studio is kept dark?? Dimmers and florescent lamps may reduce hum into the audio system. Ambient lighting is good, it saves eyestrain. It helps to cut down on the glare from the computer monitors. Still unconvinced?? Listen to Mr. Ramoutar….
  22. 22. Recording a note. • Recording even one note can sometimes be very challenging. • The producer and the sound engineer has to do several takes to make sure that the note they are hearing is of an accurate pitch.
  23. 23. Making a Music Video. •‘jcd & associates’ is an independent production company, based in Woodbrook, Trinidad. •They are currently filming an in-flight video for Caribbean AirlinesCompany. •This video will feature the talents of Los Alumnos de San Juan. •As a spin off of this project, the group was offered a chance to record a music video. •It would be distributed to the local television stations to be used as a ‘filler’ between shows. •Los Alumnos de San Juan recorded their signature song – ‘Cantando Gloria’.
  24. 24. One of the mangers/producers of the video, Mr. Dennison, spoke about equipment and procedure. •At the site: 2 Sony Betacam D35 & D-30 1 Canon XL H1 High Definition Camera 1 Presidential Teleprompter. •These cameras were used to shoot video footage of the band miming their performance. •Audio would be added in the studio. This audio would be taken of the CD the band had done in the previous year. •Mr. Dennison explained, the cameras were basically, “pointing and shooting”. Several retakes were done as the band had to have precision choreography together with their playback audio.
  25. 25. Video Shoot #1: Click to play Video Shoot # 2: Click to play Video Shoot # 3: Click to play
  26. 26. The final product: Cantando Gloria
  27. 27. Additional Marketing Strategy. • The band has a brochure which is available to the public. • It has the band’s contact information as well as the music that they feature in their performances.
  28. 28. References: • ontentID=112&tabid=137 • • İ Viva la familia! National Junior Parang Festival 2009 brochure. • crate-foam-recording- studio.html#ixzz13FWG9tys