Calypso | Soca | Funk | Reggae
Trinidelphia has been pleasing audiences with their distinct combination of American and Caribbean styles since 2005, after meeting in Philadelphia while studying music at the University of the Arts. Fusing Trinidadian soca and calypso with latin jazz, reggae, salsa, and American top-40, they have developed a sound all their own over the past decade. Their unique and rhythmic arrangements of jazz and popular songs cast the steelpan in fresh new light, pushing the stylistic and artistic boundaries of an often type-cast instrument.
Steel pannist/trumpeter Chris Aschmann, lead vocalist/guitarist Shawn Hennessey, bassist Ian Rafalak, and drummer Joe Truglio each bring their own unique “voice” to help add to the ensemble’s unique chemistry. As freelance musicians in their own right, they have performed with industry names such as Dionne Warwick, Chaka Khan, Bill Withers, Stanley Clarke, The Disco Biscuits, Teena Marie, Joe Piscopo, Jeffry Iqbar, Andy Narell, The O’Jays, Wayne Brady, Justin Guarani, and Melody Gardot, at venues ranging from Philadelphia’s Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center to the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York to the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain in Trinidad.
Visit Trinidelphia’s website and watch them perform below.