The 1688 Collective is a unique Caribbean musical ensemble of big band and steel pan dedicated to the craft of instrumental performance.
The group provides a space for young semi-professional and professional musicians, to continually develop their craft by engaging in Caribbean and other Afro-Diasporic musical forms.
There are four groups that make up the Collective: the 1688 Orchestra, the 1688 Nonet, 1688 Classical Quartet and Karibbean Kinetic which features vocalists.
The 1688 Orchestra, was started in 2009 and its debut performance was at Barbados' National Festival of Creative Arts. After a great reception by the public, the group launched officially at Frank Collymore Hall in January 2010. Since that time, the 1688 Orchestra has gone on to perform at numerous events, including the inaugural Pan Fusion show, which featured Liam Teague and Victor Provost and the nationally broadcast Riots Commemoration event. This group was also featured at the Frank Collymore Hall's signature "City Nights" event, where it was once again well received.
The 1688 Nonet, the smaller big group, has done two tours, one to Suriname for Carifesta and the other to St. Lucia for the Jazz and Arts Festival.
1688 is also committed to social activities and in 2011 did a Fah De People tour, where they performed to the public for free in order to expose them to instrumental music. The group is now on its 5th Fah De Children tour where it does the same thing in primary schools.
The Orchestra has recorded and released its first CD, Bajan Jazz Routes Vol.1, a collection of its popular material, in 2012. 1688 Orchestra sees this CD as ground-breaking as it is the first big band and steel pan recording ever done in the Caribbean.