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Fri, Jul 19



Live, on the Hill Presents - Josanne Francis Steel Pan Band

Live, on the Hill Presents - Josanne Francis Steel Pan Band in Concert Event in Eastern Market Metro Plaza Park.

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Live, on the Hill Presents - Josanne Francis Steel Pan Band
Live, on the Hill Presents - Josanne Francis Steel Pan Band

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Jul 19, 2024, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Washington, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA

About the event

About this event Live, on the Hill Presents Josanne Francis Steel Pan Band @Eastern Market Metro Plaza Park


DC-based award-winning artist, composer and educator Josanne Francis began playing steelpan at age 9 in her native Trinidad & Tobago. She delivers unmatched technical mastery and an energetic and emotional complexity that enchants listeners across the world. Josanne approaches steelpan with great reverence for its versatility, a perspective through which she promotes cultural exchange on and off the bandstand.

She has appeared at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Strathmore Music Center, Times Square and Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival. She has performed with David Rudder, Etienne Charles, Negah Santos, John Batiste, Kes, Andy Narell, and Liam Teague; appeared with the Michigan Philharmonic and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; and recorded on projects for Charles, Victor Provost, The Mawasi Experience, and Afro Bop Alliance. In 2022, Josanne received the Vanguard Award presented at Caribbean American Heritage (CARAH) Gala & Awards, and the Rising Leader Award, presented by his excellency Anthony Phillips-Spencer, Trinidad & Tobago Ambassador to the United States. She has garnered grants from U.S. Artists International, Maryland State Arts Council and Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council; delivered a TEDx presentation; and recently received a commission from the San Jacinto College Central Steelband to complete a multi-movement gesture for steelband.

Josanne received her bachelor of music education from the University of Southern Mississippi, and her master of music in steelpan performance from Northern Illinois University, and is pursuing her doctorate in music education from the University of Maryland. She has taught at venues and institutions across the nation, including the University of Delaware, the University of Maryland and the Cultural Academy for Excellence. She has held artistic residencies at University of Michigan, Strathmore Music Center and Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute, and served on a number of prestigious panels. In 2022, Josanne co-created the thriving performance outfit Elite Pan Consortium and, in 2019, launched Steel on Wheels LLC, an all-inclusive educational program that eliminates barriers for the creation and development of steelbands, and varied percussion ensembles.

To keep up with Josanne’s performance and teaching schedule, visit her website and follow her on social media @josannefrancis.

LIVE PERFORMANCES : Friday July 19th - 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

In Partnership with Barracks Row Main Street, the Department of Parks and Recreation & the Office of Councilmember Charles Allen

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