Pandemonium is a world percussion group featuring the only performing set of West Indian Steel Pans in New Zealand. Since our founding in 1998 we have been very fortunate to be able to purchase a new set of Steel Pans and an Adams 5-octave concert marimba, with the generous support of The Community Trust.
Pandemonium is a registered charitable trust with two main purposes:
* To educate and enthuse school children about the music, musical instruments, and history of different cultures from around the world.
* To offer assistance to promising young percussionists through performance opportunities and access to quality instruments.
Our performance experience is as wide and varied as our music and has included such work as the New Zealand Festival of the Arts, Nelson and Christchurch Arts Festivals, corporate events and conferences, performances at Christchurch City Council events ('Classical Sparks' - 100,000+ audience), a One Day International cricket match between New Zealand and the West Indies, and many of our own managed performances (including our educational programme).
To find out more about our present and upcoming work, please click on the upcoming performances link above.
Pandemonium was formed in 1998 by a group of percussionists in Christchurch, New Zealand. We currently number 6 percussionist members who come from a variety of musical backgrounds. We frequently work with guest performers to develop many different styles of music to suit different performances. Find out more about the members of Pandemonium at the Performers page.
The music we play includes music from around the world: the Pacific and New Zealand, the Carribbean (calypso, reggae, soca), South America (samba), Africa, as well as Western classical, techno, jazz, rock and 'junk' music (playing on recycled materials) to name just a few. We are constantly adding new music to our list and developing exciting and challenging performances.