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The Hang - The Musical Flying Saucer
Created in 2000, the Hang (pronounced "hung") is one of the younger musical instruments. It comes from
Bern, Switzerland, and was created by Felix Rohner and Sabina Schärer OF THE PANArt Company. It was
the result of many years of research on the steel pan and many other resonating percussion instruments
from around the world: Gong, Gamelan, Ghatam, drums, cowbells, MUSICAL Saw...
There are many ways to invite the Hang to sound: with fingertips, thumbs, and the heel of the palm - and a mix of all three. Most of the time, the Hang sits on the player's knees, but you also could play it on a drum stand. Players can let their hands and their feelings discover how to play. Indeed, there are no rules for playing except one: the joy of music!
The Hang makes friends quickly. In my experience, people remember it as a fantastic instrument with a fabulous tone from the first time they encounter it, and musicians are intrigued by it as soon as they touch it. The Hang is on its way to centre stage.
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