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 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.
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 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. "