Although the unique sound of the steel pan is readily identified with music of the Caribbean, its significant growth in popularity in recent years and its present acceptance as an instrument of the mainstream is undeniable. This new found acceptance by the music community at large has also created with it the opportunity to present the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago in new ways which can showcases its range and technical capabilities. Established in the fall of 2008 as a classical ensemble, Renaissance Steel presents to its listening public the music of the great composers of the baroque period (Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Corelli, Albinoni, Purcell etc) on steel pan.
For centuries music of the composers of this period (1600-1750) has been regarded as the standard bearing means of showcasing both technique and musicianship. Indeed the Baroque period is filled with some of the most beautiful and challenging music known today. Renaissance Steel believes that the steel pan is more than able to rise to these challenges and in so doing brings a refreshing and unique approach to new possibilities for the instrument.