Pan started as makeshift percussion – metal containers to keep a good rhythm. Sheer innovation soon brought a single steel drum that could play up to 32 loud, concert-pitch notes. Trinidad and Tobago had created a proper instrument for making music. Today, steel bands there rival modern orchestras in artistry and inventiveness. Pan soloists are as skilled as other instrumentalists and now fit easily in any band.

Pan Talk is a blog space for pointed views about the music this instrument produces. We talk about the people behind the pans and those who compose for it. We also curate news, views, articles and blogs that fit comfortably here.

We hope music lovers and pan aficionados find insights about pan that they want to share.


Steel Pan Instrument