Hi, my name is Henrique Dib. I am a composer, musician, producer, and educator based in Mount Victoria, Blue Mountains!
I first heard and saw a handpan in 2015 and I was immediately drawn to this incredible instrument. The 'UFO-shape' look, the sonic possibilities, the wide range of playing techniques and the beautiful art behind making such a unique instrument are both fascinating and inspiring aspects to me.
So, in the hope that you will love the handpan as much as I do, I welcome you to...
Amaze your guests, customers, clients and/or friends with the magical sound (and look!) of the handpan.
While its mellow, calming and yet rich sound is ideal for meditation sessions, yoga classes, and background music at cafes, restaurants, hotels and retreat centres, a live handpan performance can also be exciting and upbeat! It all depends on the context of the event!
One man and one instrument.
No computers. No cables. No speakers. No loud noises. No sound check. No electricity needed. No carbon footprint!
Venues and events:
Cafes and Restaurants - Meditation Sessions - Gyms (Yoga classes)
Spas and Retreat Centres - Hotels and Conferences
Price might vary due to location, duration of the performance and type of event.
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What is a handpan?
The handpan is a rare new kind of mesmerizing musical instrument invented in the 21st century. The handpan's lenticular shape looks like a UFO, a wok or a turtle shell. Part art and part instrument, the handpan is often referred to as a "sound sculpture". Each handpan is handcrafted and unique. You can see hammer marks from its artisanal making process across the instrument. The relaxing tones and intuitive playing style of the handpan make it a gateway instrument, accessible to anyone.
Where is the handpan from?
The handpan is the world's newest musical instrument! It is the evolution of the Hang (often called "hang drum") which was an instrument invented in 2000 in Switzerland by Felix Rohner and Sabina Schärer of PANArt, a steel-drum manufacturer located in Bern, Switzerland. The generic term "handpan" came later in 2007. It was coined by Kyle Cox of Pantheon Steel who was the second manufacturer of this kind of instrument, after the Swiss originators. Pantam is another name for handpans.
How does a handpan work?
A handpan is made out of two bowls of steel sheet glued together and tuned into a musical scale. On the top shell, the handpan has a center note which the inventors call the "ding". It can be either dented outward (apex) or inward (inpex). The tone circle around it counts 7 or 8 harmonized notes played up and down in a zig-zag pattern. There is a hole on bottom shell of the handpan (called "Gu" by PANArt). This opening activates a deep bass note: the Helmholtz.
What does the handpan sound like?
Unlike the steel-drum which is played with mallets, the handpan is played by hand. As a result, it produces softer sounds, almost like raindrops... Playing a single note activates several overtones (typically, the octave and the fifth of the note). These overtones give handpans a magical and rich layered sound.
Where can I find more information about the Handpan?
A few websites to get started are: