Joseph Peck is a Musician-Educator-Producer of music and programs featuring the harmonically rich and resonating steelpan instrument. Joseph was born in Cleveland, Ohio, spent his formative years in Boca Raton, Florida and discovered the steelpans while earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education at Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas.
He furthered his studies of the instrument in Trinidad, West Indies, then returned to serve as the Director of the Steel Pan Orchestra at WSU. Early on Joseph was introduced to Dr. Ellie Mannette, the father of the modern steel drum, since then Ellie and his apprentices have hand-crafted the pans that Joseph records and performs with.
Peck began experimenting with the concept of creating a steelpan meditation album in 2005. He states "Most of you would probably recognize the sound of the steelpan from Calypso or island music. But my intention for the past 20 years has been to expand the reach of the instrument into other genres. I’ve recorded and performed in styles ranging from rock to classical, jazz, blues, and other types of music that are usually not associated with the instrument."
Joseph continues, "Scientifically speaking, the steelpan produces more overtones than any other instrument in the world. These overtones assist in activating the alpha-theta brainwaves, which in turn helps the listener to relax and rejuvenate. In creating this album, I’ve utilized those overtones to explore the sonic possibilities of music as a vehicle to guide the listener into deep resonance. It is from here - a place of inner calm - that true movement begins."
His debut album, Free-Flow Steelpan Meditations, Volume 1 is scheduled for a November 2012 release.
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