Dr. Stefan Walcott is a Barbadian pianist, composer and academic who holds a PhD in Cultural Studies from the University of the West Indies. Throughout his career, Stefan has been privileged to perform with and write for a wide cross section of artists, both in England where he studied, and in his native Barbados. Stefan currently is artistic director of the only big band and steel pan group in the Caribbean, the 1688 Orchestra which he started. This group functions under his social business, Hats Music, which has given itself the mandate to return live music to the various spaces in Barbados. Stefan teaches at the University of the West Indies and the Barbados Community College.