This project involves pannists from all over the world performing together via the internet. The Virtual Steelband was produced by Pastiche Steel Ensemble and the idea was brought to the ensemble after Mia watched Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir. The Virtual Steelband has pannists from several different countries around the world including Australia, Japan, Sweden, Argentina, the United States and Trinidad and Tobago just to name a few.
River of Freedom is an arts-integrated work about the history of the Merikins in Trinidad by Adam Walters and Caitlyn Kamminga, with original artwork by Che Lovelace. Written for narrator, solo voice and chamber ensemble, the work was premiered in the 5th Company Village in Moruga, Trinidad at St. Mary's Government Primary School on May 15th, 2015 and at the UTT Campus @NAPA in Port of Spain on Saturday May 16th, 2015. Mia has become a part of this project as the steelpan voice within the ensemble and as a descendent of the Merikins.
Mia has been a long time member of this world renowned steelband since the age of nine. At thirteen, she accompanied Trinidad All Stars on tour to Australia where she was also given opportunities to perform as a soloist. Mia has won many Panorama competitions with this steel orchestra including the recent International Panorama held on August 9th, 2015 making Trinidad All Stars the number one steelband in the world.
Mia is a founding member of this steel ensemble which was created by steelpan students of Northern Illinois University in 2009. These steelpan students are of various nationalities making this ensemble quite unique. Since its creation, Pastiche Steel Ensemble has performed throughout the Chicagoland area. Recently, they performed at the first ever International Conference and Panorama where they launched the Virtual Steelband, the first of its kind. Pastiche is currently planning a 2016 tour of the United States.
Mia directed the Florida State University steelband, Mas N Steel, from 2011 to 2015. They performed at semester performances and at Florida State University's annual world music concert, Rainbow Concert.
Omnimusica, directed by ethnomusicology professor Michael Bakan, has performed around the state of Florida and received a nomination for a Grammy nomination for their album entitled Ashrei. Mia was an active member from its inception in 2012 to 2015.
Artism is a music program, created by ethnomusicology professor Michael Bakan, for children on the autism spectrum and their families. Mia has served as the resident pannist for this program from 2012 to 2013.
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