REGGAE SINGLE COMING!!!! SEPT 25, 2017!!
N E W ! !
Bickley Rivera releases her third album featuring her world/reggae music . This album is a fusion of steelpan with well-themed lyrics sending a lasting message of peace and togetherness through the contemporary reggae platform. Full of guest island and smooth-jazz musicians throughout the world, blending groove, R&B, chill and reggae.
POSITIVE VIBEZ release
California Reggae-style fusion of pop, island, and reggae with steelpan; very characteristic of this artist's fun and contagious music/lyrics.
September 25, 2017
Bickley Rivera demonstrates how to laugh about the obstacles we face and how to
"get da irie feelin'" with her sing/talk and steelpan ventures. Appearing on this
single: Nelson Rivera-percussion, bass, vocals; Gabe Parker-guitar; Joey Caamano-
guitar; Martha Velez and Melody Craven-background vocals. Bickley Rivera has
been carving her own steelpan island fusion with multiple genre albums
"Chillin' After Five", "Breaking the Mold", "Positive Vibez" and singles "Endless
Journey", "Love Me Now", "Let's Kick It" and "Come Together". Her reviewers say
"The cozy Caribbean vibe is not only dominant throughout this recording, it
washes over you like an unavoidable wave, leaving a hearts-and-butterflies
message of musical beauty, love, and peace to envelope your soul." Ronald Jackson,
The Smooth Jazz Ride and " is breaking ground with this music..." Lisa D. Smith,
Big Blend Magazine & Big Blend Radio.
BREAKING THE MOLD album
Featuring single "Let's Kick It", which made it to #1 Kjazz UK and
3 major Smooth Jazz charts....BREAKING THE MOLD is
BRAND NEW Steelpan Smooth Jazz!!! With amazing guests Will Donato, Tom Schuman (Spyro Gyro), Bonny B, Andy Narell, Nelson Rivera and more, this album is a total game changer. Sure to spark yet another direction for steelpan, Bickley has been immersed for the last 5 years. "Pan needs to travel to the corners of the world and spread sounds and melodies in different ways. Most people have heard it in either calypso styles or traditional jazz, but the instrument can carry smooth and long melodies, not just percussive progressions. It's meant to be appreciated in many genres, and I am working to get it there."
RELEASE DATE: February 24, 2015
LABEL: Tropic Heat Music
Bickley in Trinidad for PANORAMA 2015!
Bickley performed in Panorama for the internation competition of Pans! She was in the Birdsong Steelband, approximately 120 members, arranged and directed by the renowned Andy Narell.
Panorama is an annual music competition of Steelbands from Trinidad and Tobago. It is usually held around Carnival time.
There are three rounds of competition
Preliminary round - was held on Monday, January 26, 2015
Semi-final round - was held on Sunday, February 1, 2015
Final round - was held on Saturday, February 14, 2015
Warmup run at the Savannah, Port of Spain, Trinidad, February 1, 2015
All rounds are now done while the band is stationary and positioned directly in front of the judges. The preliminary round takes place in the respective panyards while up until reccently, the other rounds are held at the Queens Park Savannah, Port of Spain, fondly called the ‘Big Yard’.
Conventional bands play an arrangement of a calypso for a maximum of 8 minutes.