The Handpan is a unique instrument, that was initially designed in Switzerland by PANArt. That initial instrument is called a "Hang". The Handpan is a new instrument, being less than 15 years old, and currently there are about 10 highly regarded makers of these instruments.
The melodic tones of the instrument are uniquely calming and pleasing. Come experience it for yourself.
A variety of musicians are scheduled to perform including Peter Levitov, Imani White, and Rusty James
Peter Alexander Levitov is an experimental multi-instrumentalist and improvisational composer. His soundscapes, inspired by Tibetan, Sufi, and Indigenous healing sound traditions, explore a broad range of instrumentation, from ancient to contemporary, creating restorative environments that support personal growth and healing.
Rusty James is a multi-instrumental percussionist with a broad spectrum of influences. Having studied in Florida State’s Ethnomusicology department for several years in the 90s’, he developed a unique blend of african, afro-cuban, and Indian rhythms. Focusing predominately on congas, tablas, and kanjira interchangeably, he developed a hybrid split hand technique that is the foundation of his handpan approach. Integrating the handpan with a variety of ingrained traditional as well as experimental rhythms, Rusty has developed a unique pallet to whet the various cosmopolitan tastes that come with cross-cultural pollination.
Mz. imani is a ceremonial musician who performs, instigates, facilitates and teaches. She considers herself to be a spiritual activist and a New WErld Alchemist. She offers a unique style of drum and fire circle facilitation and was given the drum by Baba Olatunji. He left her with some response-abilities to continue inviting the people to return to the drum. One of the ways she does this is to invite you to consider being at a sacred fire or standing at the waters edge with your presence, music, drumming, praying and playing, with the purpose of exploring the ceremonial relationship of singing gratitude to, and for, the eARTh herself