Benny Bettane

Performer/Guest Teacher/Immersion Facilitator Benny Bettane is an Australian Handpan player, composer and multi-instrumentalist. He is an international solo performer based in Italy, with performances spanning predominantly Europe and North America. Benny is known for creating his own distinct style of composition and groove, combined with his melodic approach. He explores the creative bounds of his …

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David Charrier

David Charrier is a french handpan player, who discovered the Hang and the Handpan in 2004. His passion for the study of these instruments, combined with his desire to create and experience great encounters have allowed him to travel and to share his music throughout the world. Whether solo, as a duo, or with a …

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Emma Mumi Grassia

Performer/Guest Teacher/Immersion Facilitator I was born in Milan, in a lovely family that gave me the chance to get closer to the music world since I was a child. I’ve started to play piano when I was five and I kept playing and studying it until now. When I was a teenager I started to …

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Aaron Marsala

Aaron Marsala is a percussionist who fell in love with music from cultures all around the world. With Music Education/Performance degrees, he is now pursuing his Master’s in Music Performance with an emphasis on ethnomusicology. Aaron travels the world, seeks out stateside masters, and studies online resources in order to inform his position as a …

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Judith Lerner

Judith Lerner delights in exquisite exchange; whether harmonizing in musical improvisations, movement and rhythm sessions, or engaging in those goose bump generating conversations. Her world shifted on its axis when she happened upon a Handpan video on YouTube in August 2012. She plays for the sheer fun of it, and is engaged in a most …

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Chef D

Balancing the role as handpan player and chef, David Galleher, aka Chef D, is a connoisseur of handpans, good food, and getting lost in other countries. He has been the caterer for the past three Handpangea gatherings, as well as Pantasia and HangOut USA in 2014. Past performances include the All Souls Procession Tucson 2012, …

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Mz. imani

Mz. imani, who has been dubbed MamaMojo, is a ceremonial musician who instigates, as she facilitates, performs or teaches. She is a spiritual activist and a New WErld Alchemist. Having trained with many traditional and new world ceremonialists, Mz. imani shares a grounded approach that resides in our common language of rhythm, movement and song. …

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Rusty James

Rusty James is a multi-instrumental percussionist with a broad spectrum of influences. Having studied in Florida State’s Ethnomusicology department for several years in the 90s’, he developed a unique blend of african, afro-cuban, and Indian rhythms.  Focusing predominately on congas, tablas, and kanjira interchangeably, he developed a hybrid split hand technique that is the foundation …

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