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This is a long overdue fan letter. I bought your CD a while back and I've been driving around Hilton Head playing it and loving it. I'm immediately transported to the islands every time I climb into my car. Sometimes I'm back in Trinidad. (I once wrote an article about all the bands rehearsing for the big steel band contest on the island. Truly a glorious experience.) And the there are times I'm back in Barbados, St. Croix, Tobago, Antigua, well... You name it, your music brings me there.

My only regret is that you're not on this coast so I can hear you in person. I'd bring all my friends.

So thanks for your terrific music. I can't wait for the next CD. - Travel Writer


Discography

Electric Moon
This full-length album of original music can be streamed directly from our website http://www.calynco.com and is found at various online music stores.

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Bio

Yascha first started playing the steel pan while attending the University of North Texas as a percussion major in 1994. During his second semester playing lead pan in the North Texas steel drum band, he had the pleasure of playing alongside the legendary Robert Greenidge (Jimmy Buffet, Taj Majal, Desperadoes) who was doing a temporary residency with UNT to teach the group his Panorama composition "Fire Coming Down" for a US premiere.

After that experience, Yascha contacted up-and-coming pan builder David Beery, who at the time was making pans out of his home, and commissioned a lead pan. David now runs "Smarty Pans" which is one of the premiere U.S. custom pan making companies. While finishing school and honing his skills, Yascha performed with eclectic rock band "Riddle Me This" touring throughout Texas and appearing on MTV's "Week in Rock." Those early experiences instilled in Yascha the pan's versatility and ability to make any kind of music imaginable, not just Calypso and Soca.

When Yascha moved to Portland in the late 90's he opened Starfish Studios, a music school and recording studio, offering private lessons, workshops for many instruments, and studio production. After getting regular requests to put groups together to play the steel pan at weddings and other events as well as on various recordings, Yascha formed Calynco with long-time friend and musical collaborator Wesley 'Kid' Dameron. Calynco can be scene performing at various venues around Portland and Seattle.

After the release of "Electric Moon," Calynco's first full-length studio album, a larger band was formed to add a full rhythm section to the lineup. Calynco performs both as a steel drum / guitar duo, and as a full six-piece band.