Friday, December 15, 2017

MacFarlane quitting mas

...'going out with a bang' in 2013


JOY OF COLOUR: A model displays a costume from Brian MacFarlane's Carnival 2013 presentation Joy The Finale during the launch on Sunday night at the Rosalino Street, Woodbrook, mas camp.

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TEARS FLOW: Bandleader Brian MacFarlane weeps after the presentation of Joy The Finale on Sunday night at his Rosalino Street, Woodbrook, mas camp. –Photos: CURTIS CHASE

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Six-time Band of the Year winner Brian MacFarlane revealed designs and costumes on Sunday for what he declared will be his "last Carnival band" entitled Joy The Finale.

Speaking to the media following his 20-minute presentation at the mas camp, Rosalino Street, Woodbrook, MacFarlane cited "a burning desire to create something more powerful" as one of the main reasons for his decision to make this his final Carnival presentation. 

He said: "There has always been an inner flame of mine that wants to do something a lot more powerful that's gonna reach a lot more of the world—and when I say that I'm not disrespecting the mas, or the ritual of Carnival—which I consider it to be the 'huge street party' that the festival has become... Carnival is becoming more of a huge, fantastic street party—and nothing is wrong with that, it's just that for me: what I'm looking for, what I feel, what I want is to be creative in the art of Carnival—and that's what's missing, that's what's diminishing, so if I'm not getting satisfied in that area, then I need to create something that's going to satisfy me and make me want to give more and be more creative—which I'm not feeling right now."

MacFarlane also expressed frustration with the disorganisation of the festival and hinted that he will be creating a new space to showcase his creative talents.

The theatrically-tinged presentation began with MacFarlane sitting in darkness surrounded by a few candles. As the bandleader was bathed in spotlight he dramatised his soul-searching effort to envision the new presentation and was assisted by the "memories of past presentations", as well as a cast of colourful characters whom he dubbed "The Colour Palettes" and his "Creative Mind", who was dressed in all-white and then dramatically directed the process of spreading the colour palettes across the unifying factor of white.

Bursting out of three lycra-encased tubes of white, the colour palettes ushered in six of the band's 12 sections, including Joy of the Rain, the Ocean, Heritage, Flora, the Drum and Joy of JOY.

MacFarlane then conducted the music to switch between the eerie folk soundtrack that prevailed throughout the presentation and Machel Montano's "In The Air", before the entire ensemble accepted generous applause and exited the showcase area located next to the band's mas camp.

Afterwards, MacFarlane also revealed a bit more and less of what his masqueraders will experience come Carnival 2013.

He said: "I'm excited to go out with a bang. I think it's going to be a bang! I think it's going to be a fun band and a great band. I do intend to have a King and Queen and I will have 12 characters in all their splendour. The theatrics are going to be blow-mind and exciting. There's going to be some nakedness that you haven't seen yet, but in a very creative way... So I'm excited, I'm overwhelmed and I'm looking forward to it."