The handpan is a mysterious instrument, distantly related in principle to the steelpan of Trinidad and Tobago, but inspired in sound by the Hang drum of Switzerland. Played by hand, rather than sticks or mallets, the handpan drum has a rich, intimate sound, full of emotion. There is no specific technique or style in the art of playing a handpan. A player with patience and an open mind and will be rewarded with deep layers of complexity to explore.
“Thanks so much for the Annaziska handpan. It came yesterday and is wonderful … After a bit of practice I’ll see if I can find any other players in Newcastle. Thanks again” — Gavin