1000 Shades of Kendall Williams





Kendall Williams Faculty Recital 2019 Performances at Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music

Kendall K. Williams opens her faculty recital

Kendall Williams opens her college recital

In images, in pictures


Brooklyn, New York, United States
Kendall williams is a pure triple threat – composer, arranger and performer. And of course you can add an educator to it if you want.

Calm and unpretentious – his abilities are obscured by his laid back demeanor – but not that night, as his name and music were the center of the big lights on stage – in concert at Brooklyn College on October 22. a close and personal look and hearing of the man and his music. Introspective, sometimes deeply personal, human, sharing and benevolent. Indeed, as Kendall said in her opening speech, “I want my music to tell stories”.

Steel Ensemble on Stage for Kendall K. Williams Faculty Recital

Steel Ensemble on Stage for Kendall K. Williams Faculty Recital

With a little help from her friends (many of whom were a part and played a vital role in this trip), Kendall took the audience on a passage that chronicles her fantastic journey with the steelpan instrument during her faculty recital at the Brooklyn College’s Don Buchwald Theater in the Leonard & Claire Tow Center for the Performing Arts. Of course, his own set,
Panning in motion, was part of the illustrious cast of the evening.

Kendall K. Williams with Pan In Motion at her Faculty Recital

Kendall Williams with Pan In Motion at her Faculty Recital

The doors opened shortly after 8:00 p.m. to let attendees enter the Don Buchwald Theater on the Brooklyn College campus.

Dance, Talk and Pan - with Kendall Williams

Dance, Talk and Pan – with Kendall Williams

It was indeed an inclusive body of work that spanned Kendall’s entire journey to date with the steelpan art form. The works covered his early childhood experiences, spoken word combined with a dance sequence, additional performance through the Gemini Duo, orchestral arrangements and more. Kendall continues to challenge accepted and expected standards of steelpan-related music through her compositions.

The Gemini duo

The Gemini duo



Body and soul J. GREEN (1908-1989)

To you, with love

K. WILLIAMS (born 1986)

accompaniment dance by Alexis Schloss and Amanda Maximin

4 sticks, a trumpet and a mute K. WILLIAMS

with Minerva Johnson, trumpet

Feel so good

(born in 1940)

with Marc Brooks, double second

A lonely walk for two K. WILLIAMS

featuring Gemini Duo – Kristen McGuire, flute; Rob Guilford, double second

Panning in motion


CHARLIE PARKER (1920-1955)

Something more RICO FLY FOREVA
with RICO Fly Foreva

Love is a B **** RICO FLY FOREVA

with RICO Fly Foreva; Elroy Primus, vocals; Jahlani Roberts, steel saucepan

My turn to jam

with Odie Franklin, double second

Calypso Music


(born in 1953)

About the artist

Kendall K. Williams

Kendall K. Williams

Born around Trinidadian culture, Kendall Williams has adopted the country’s national instrument, the steel pan. From the age of four, Kendall tried to emulate her parents as they showed off their talents in a Miami-based steel band. It wasn’t long before his efforts came true as he developed his skills and passion for the instrument. He has performed with large world famous steel groups in Trinidad and Tobago as well as with groups from the New York scene. He took it one step further when he received a Bachelor of Music degree from Florida Memorial University under the supervision of Dr. Dawn Batson, his main instrument being the Steel Pan. He continued his education at NYU Steinhardt, where he earned a master’s degree in music theory and composition, studying with Julia Wolfe, Michael Gordon and Rich Shemaria. There he was also an active participant in the NYU Steel group under the guidance of artist faculty member Josh Quillen.

As he neared graduation, his goals included composing and arranging music that could further highlight the steel pan for the righteous instrument that he is, while also bringing his unique style to the more conventional instruments known today. Now that he’s graduated, he’s aggressively pursuing a career as a composer, arranger, and advocate for the Steel Pan instrument. He strives to open people’s minds to the possibilities that the steel pan can offer to the world by showing that the instrument is more versatile than it looks. In 2013, 2015 and 2017, he programmed music for steel pan and contemporary ensemble on the Bang on A Can Marathon. Right before that, he had the opportunity to work with the Brooklyn Philharmonic on a project involving steel pan and contemporary music compositions.

In 2014, he was the Van Lier Fellow with the American Composers Orchestra. Plus, he’s also currently a PhD student in Music Composition at Princeton University! There he studied under the auspices of Dan Trueman, Steve Mackey, Dmitri Tymockzo and So Percussion to name a few. In his later years, he actively lectured and led workshops at various colleges, universities, and high schools across the United States.


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