WELCOME 

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...

'HandpanBlueMountains'!

 
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HANDPANBLUEMOUNTAINS PROJECT

In a nutshell, the 'HandpanBlueMountains' project aims to promote the handpan through live music performances across the Blue Mountains region.

 

Ever since I got my first handpan I thought to myself "I need to share the beauty of this instrument with others being it for entertainment, for meditation, or even as a way to achieve spiritual growth".

I guarantee that when you first see a handpan and hear its unique and rich sound your first word will be..."WOW"!

It happens all the time! 

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LIVE MUSIC

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!

Setup:

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

Fee:

Price might vary due to location, duration of the performance and type of event.

PROMOTIONAL VIDEOS COMING SOON!

For more info, quotes and bookings, please use the button below

 
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CELESTIAL SOUND

I purchased my first handpan from 'Celestial Sound' and I could not be happier with both the quality of the instrument and the customer service by Tim Tom. He is professional and a very talented handpan maker based in Melbourne, Victoria. Besides, he is a kind, friendly and honest person! So, if you live in Australia and would like to own a handpan, I highly recommend 'Celestial Sound'.

Tim Tom is the heart and soul, the creator and Pansmith of Celestial Sound in Melbourne, Australia. Since he first heard the beautiful melodic sounds of the Hang© in Peru in 2010, he has been on a quest to bring the songs of Handpans and Pantams alike into the world.  Since purchasing his first Handpan in 2014, he has immersed himself in the Handpan community, living and breathing Handpan (and adding quite a few instruments to his personal collection!).  In 2018, he began his journey to learn to build Handpans, realising he wanted to do what he could to birth more of these incredible instruments into the world. His passion for these instruments is infectious.

 

THE HANDPAN

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: - https://www.sylvainpasliermusic.com/about - https://www.masterthehandpan.com/





 

Curious to find out more about this amazing instrument? Find below a few questions to get you started...

 

MEET THE ARTIST

Henrique Dib is an award-winner composer, musician, producer and educator based in the beautiful Blue Mountains, Australia. His passion for music, composition and improvisation goes beyond explanation. 

 

He graduated in 2009 from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with an Honours First-Class Degree in composition and the University of Sydney Medal. During his studies, Henrique received an unprecedented number of composition scholarships, 14 in total, including USYD's International Merit Scholarship for 5 consecutive years. He was also included in the Dean's list of excellence in academic performance and received an invitation to join the Golden Key International Honours Society. 
 

As a composer, Henrique writes music for all forms of screen media and concert music including electroacoustic experimental music.  His music has been performed in several countries including Australia, Sweden, Germany, Italy, China, France, Finland and Brazil. As a musician, Henrique is a trained classical/jazz pianist & keyboard player but he also plays the piano-accordion, the Handpan and a few other instruments. He performs regularly as a freelancer Jazz and Latin musician in several bands as well as a solo artist both in Australia and overseas. As an educator, Henrique has over 20 years of experience in teaching jazz piano, composition, music production, music theory, music technology and improvisation. He teaches both online and at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (USYD).

In 2017, in search of new challenges, Henrique made the decision to become an online media composer and to step into the world of Royalty-Free Music (also known as Music Library/Stock Music/Production Music Industry). So he started a new project called "WavebeatsMusic",  an online brand dedicated to provide high-quality original music to video & content creators as well as production houses around the globe. In just 3 years this project has grown exponentially reaching 7000+ music licenses sold world-wide, has stablished a strong online presence and clientele, and has become Henrique's main line of work today.

In 2020, as a way to share his love for the handpan with others, Henrique started yet another project called 'HandpanBlueMountains' where he provides live handpan music to basically any venue and event across Australia's Blue Mountains region. This project is quite personal to him as he finds the handpan a unique instrument capable of helping him is his own journey towards spiritual growth with a deeper connection with nature & animals, sustainability, minimalism and transcendental meditation. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

 
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CONTACT

Please use the form below to contact me. If you prefer you can send me a direct email too. Thank you!

 
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