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Multi-instrumentalist creating music inspired by the handpan (aka hang / pantam). Music has always been a big part of my life, with extensive experience playing a wide range of instruments. Such as steelpan, drum-kit, tabla, djembe, mixed percussion, flute, didgeridoo and bansuri etc…

In recent years, I have dedicated myself to playing the handpan. A relatively new instrument, developed at the turn of the century and based heavily on the Trinidadian steelpan.

Music Teachers

Played with or taken lessons from the following teachers and masters: Somesh De Swardt, Paolo Forcellati, Souleymane Compo, Oumar Almamy Camara, Mamadou Oury Diallo, Hans Sutton, Sam Alexander, Marcos Santana, Gita Adams, Dembele Sidiki, Henri Gaobi, Seckou Keita, Sahana Gero, Sir Clive Bell, Shri Aniroodji Dave, Shri Rajkumar Misra, Ustad Harkirat Singh Rayatt, Pandit Sanju Sahai, Pandit Shiv Shankar Roy and late great Pandit Shankar Ghosh.

University Years

Whilst at UCL, I studied for degrees in Engineering and Nanotechnology. Led percussion workshops at the Calthorpe Project and was a tutor at St. Paul’s Primary School. Was an active member of the Bongos, Folk and World Music and Jazz Societies, culminating in performances at the Dent Room and Garage Theatre. Performances at better-known venues included UCL UnionUoL UnionMinistry of Sound, Bloomsbury Theatre, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Tate Britain and Queen Elizabeth Hall (Foyer and Purcell Room).

Participated in the London Philharmonic Open Ear Orchestra’s Symphonic Ragas project. Working under the direction of Irish lecturer Phil Mullen of Goldsmiths and South Indian singer Manickam Yogeswaran. We created music for a performance that took place at The Albany Theatre. Musicians from across London participated alongside players from the LPO and Future Firsts scheme.

Engineer Years

Continued playing African, Latin and Indian percussion and can play tabla, djembe, samba, congas, bongos, cajon etc. Also dabbled with the didgeridoo, kora, guitar, balafon, piano and keyboard.

Have performed at Paris CarnivalNotting Hill Carnival and Salvador Carnival. Also played handpan at many smaller festivals and gatherings in Austria, Azores, Belgium, Portugal, India, Romania and UK.

Here and Now

As a handpan player based in London, I am uniquely positioned to explore various creative ideas. It is an instrument of our times and has had a profound impact on individual and collective consciousness. People are using it the world over for its uplifting sonic properties, in settings ranging from meditative practice to sell-out concerts.

MORE INFO

Feel free browse my gallery here, examples of music videos here and live recorded music here.

To learn more about the handpan, see information here.

Please do get in contact if you have any questions here.

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