….a little history:

Handpangea was the first HanAndi Steildpan gathering in the US and was sponsored by Rusty James and Todd Garlow. For 3 years 50-70 friends gathered at Laughing Waters Retreat Center in Gerton, NC. After the 3rd gathering, it became clear that the Handpan community had a need for a gathering with a larger capacity, as well as the smaller gatherings like Handpangea.

Imani White came to the first gathering and over the years of coming to Handpangea, she became dubbed as MamaMojo, by Jim Dusin of Pantheon Steel. 10428641_345690728911912_47485878089600806_nOnce the idea for a larger gathering was hatched, imani stepped up, bringing her skills and leadership to help co-produce what we now call HangOut, USA. She returned to North Carolina, after 20 years, in October 2013 to be fully present with the possibilities in the Asheville Handpan Community.

After attending the 2nd Handpangea, Peter Levitov was inspired to quit his job and move to Asheville, NC (actually into Rusty’s shed) to dedicate himself as a full time street performer in Asheville’s thriving busking community.

HOUSA_web (76 of 78)The collective energy that naturally develops, when living in the same town, working and playing together often, and being friends, provides Rusty, Peter and imani with the experience to support and co-produce HOUSA 2016 and build Handpan Community, as a way of life. In our community, sometimes that means wrestling and laughing a lot!

Go Pan City!

….a little more history:

During HangOut(UK) 2013, we had some interesting and exciting discussions with Rusty James and Imani White about a possible handpan event across the pond in the good ole USA.

Kelly and RobThose discussions have continued long after HangOut finished and we’re very pleased to announce an association between HangOut UK and what will be the first HangOut USA in 2014.

As most of you will know HangOut was started here in the UK by us (Kelly Hutchinson and Rob Watkins) a little over 8 years ago now and the event has gained worldwide support, with visitors coming from literally all over the world.

The name HangOut was an obvious play on words in the early days but in literal terms it means just that, to HangOut with your friends. This was why we decided to capture that name and use it for the UK based handpan event.

With the ever growing community of Handpan owners/players out there it made perfect sense to expand the HangOut community and join up with our American friends and gift them the name HangOut USA and create an association with HangOut UK.

Please join us in supporting them and welcoming this event to the annual handpan gathering calendar.

Rob and Kelly