Confirmed artists attending 2018 Steel Mountain Gathering

Below you will find lists of Headliners, Additional Performers, Makers, and Workshops.  Please note that with the exception of the Headliners list, these are living lists and will grow as more artists decide to join us.  Check back often!

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David Charrier

David is a French multi-instrumentalist, composer, and performer. He has a strong musical background and began his musical journey 20 years ago. He is self-taught and has learned numerous different percussion instruments, including the udu, bongo, cajon, darbuka, and djembe. In 2004, he fell in love with a brand new instrument: the Hang, which was almost unknown at the time. David has spent hundreds of hours playing, busking, composing, and exploring the magic of this “sound sculpture.” As a handpan pioneer, he was the first French Hang player to broadcast his unique style and compositions on the Web. His videos have inspired a multitude of players around the world to pick up the handpan. In 2007, his friend and cousin, Sylvain Paslier, got a Hang and together they created WADHOM, a band that married digeridoo, HangHang, and violin. About the same time, David and Sylvain collaborted as KEONA, a hang duet. Known thereafter as the “Hang Cousins,” they became internationally known. One of their videos, Insomniac Jam, has over 4.5 million views on YouTube. After Keona, David continued to perform, record, and collaborate, in order to develop his own mastery of the handpan. As the handpan community continued to grow, David discovered a calling to share his journey and experience with others. While teaching workshops in Europe and abroad, David decided to expand his reach to even more people. In 2016, he created MasterTheHandpan.com, an online school with a unique learning method known to be fun and efficient. Embraced by the handpan community, his classes have enabled thousands of students to enhance their skills and elevate their musical expression. Whether it’s working solo, in a duet, or with a full band, David continues to play, learn, and perform with his Handpans at a European and international scale to showcase the amazing and captivating instrument responsible for the turning point in his musical journey.


Dan Mulqueen

All the way from New Jersey Dan is one of the leading forces in the world of the Handpan known for his fast hands and heavy backbeats. Dan will be performing and leading workshops for us this August.   Check out an interview with Dan here: Facebook Live Interview - Dan Mulqueen


Emma Mumi Grassia

All the way from Milan, Italy Mumi is one of the leading women in the world of the Handpan. Her approach to composition and her subtle playing style have made a name for her in the music world with her videos grossing millions of views worldwide. In addition to her solo work she performs and records with Italian electronic musician Jacky 0 having released their debut EP in the summer of 2015. Mumi is also an in demand clinician and Handpan teacher. She has also taken up the hammer as the builder and founder of ELAIA Handpans.



Peter Levitov

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.  He is the founder of Handpan 360, a space for us lovers of singing steel to gather around the fire of these mysterious instruments and their harmonizing sounds.

"Primarily focusing on street performance, I strive to bring the experiential practice of Love, Harmony, and Beauty to everyday life. "


Additional Performers

The Arcadian Earth (Josh Ryan and Sarah Paz) https://thearcadianearth.bandcamp.com/

Mark D'Ambrosio    https://markdambrosiomusic.com/

More Than Physics (Clint Willcox & Jonathan Sadler)    https://www.morethanphysics.com/

Richard Saggio

Matt Bondi    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6tdmuJHcq16LoFezVwHEVw

Jim Pfeiffenberger

JD Villamizar    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCukd7lzjYLu10zY5aBrBjQw?view_as=subscriber

Josh Rivera

Rafael D'Arco

Bob D'Ambrosio

Danny Sorensen

Lawson Yeager

Sylvain Paslier     https://www.sylvainpasliermusic.com/

Kyu Reed


And? ...


Jeremy Harper - Harper's Handpans

John Hand - TerraTonz - Offering tunes!

Emma Mumi Grassia - Elaia Handpans

Josh Rivera - Offering tunes!

Rafael D'Arco & Adriana Yuki - Tacta Handpans - Offering tunes!

Carl Young - Old World Flutes

Mark Garner - Saraz HandpansOffering tunes!

David Galleher - Makai Instruments

Sean Beever - Symphonic Steel


And? ...


David Charrier - Pattern Constructions, Variations, and Composition

Emma Mumi Grassia - TBD

Dan Mulqueen - Style and Song Structure

Peter Levitov - Beats and Breath

Mark D'Ambrosio - An Introduction to Touch and Tone Production

Mark D'Ambrosio - Three Stage Approach to Learning in Music

Josh Ryan - "Scale Smashing": how to choose and combine multiple handpan scales (with just a little music theory) 

John Hand - Rhythmic Gateways -  Polyrhythms, syncopation, and odd time signatures

Sarah Paz Hyde - A Conversation on Intuitive Play (with a focus for women who play, for women only)

Janet Roccanova - Movement Improvisation

All interested professional musicians - Q/A forum to discuss all things about being a professional musician

All interested handpan builders - Q/A forum to discuss all things about building handpans

Chrystal Sowell - Sound Bath

Michelle Berlin - Yoga

Tama Capellini - Nia Dance. Conscious movement danced barefoot, inspired from dance arts, yoga and the martial arts. All levels.

Jonathan Sadler - Keeping Time in a 16-Beat Cycle +1 Tabla Composition Adapted to Handpan.  Beginner/Intermediate

Jonathan Sadler - Tabla to Handpan. Intermediate/Advanced


And? ...