It is with profound sadness that we report that renowned Rabaul musician and sound engineer Glen Low,has passed away aged 51.
Glen was a founding member of the extremely popular and successful PNG band “Barike” whose songs Wan Kantri and Giaman tu I Orait, amongst many others are well known throughout Melanesia.
Low was an engineer at Pacific Gold Studios in Rabaul and when owner, Greg Seeto started up the Port Moresby Pacific Gold studio, Glen took over the running of the Rabaul studio.
Glen was well trusted by the musicians and he pushed for the rights and increased royalties for musicians all over PNG. He was also an instigator in the collaboration between Not Drowning,Waving and the Pacific Gold Musicians that led to the award winning album Tabaran and began Telek’s international career. He performed with Telek when Teleks international band set up, playing on all three albums, Telek, Serious Tam and Anette.
For the recording of Serious Tam, Low got to experience a life long dream by recording at Peter Gabriels Real World studio in Bath, Wiltshire,UK. Whilst recording the album, Deep Purple were mixing in the studio next door and along with the Telek band shared their meals and the table tennis table with Ian Paice, Ian Gillan and Roger Glover from the band.
Low toured all over the world with Telek from Seattle to Honiara, Noumea to Stuttgart, Melbourne to London and Reading, Rabaul to Toronto, in clubs and at world music, rock and folk festivals, universities and theatres proudly being an ambassador for the culture of his country and telling who ever would listen that PNG was a country to be proud of with over one third of the worlds still existing languages and an amazing vibrant music industry.
Glen had a producers ear for arrangements and harmony vocals, and was a lover of dub, reggae and a great knowledge of traditional PNG culture extolling its virtues where possible. He also had a strong socilal justice bent, and coached a homeless youth rugby league team in Rabaul and when Marcus Bai from New Britain played for the Melbourne Storm, followed Storm with a vengeance. Glen loved Rabaul and never quite got over the sadness of losing his home town to the destructive 1994 Tavurvur volcanic eruption. He got some land down at the Bainings and was happiest playing guitar and fishing and cooking down by the little bay on the beautiful north coast.
Glen is survived by his wife Linda and his children Juan, Gareth, Chad, Roweena, Hailley, Richard and Nokie.
Yu Stap Isi Barata