Fresh Air – Fresh instrument

November 3, 2009

PanArt's Hang

PanArt's Hang


Fresh Air kicked off last night with the brilliant Roland Gomez– an excellent replacement for R.S.A.G (aka Jeremy Hickey) who came down with a horrible flu and had to postpone his appearance.  Roland is french, but living in Ireland, and plays a relatively new instrument – invented by PanArt in Switzerland in 2001- called the Hang (pronounced “hung”). A sort of sculptural steel drum, that looks like a spaceship, it has wonderful resonance and is seemingly easy to get the hang of, provided you’re musical to start off with of course.

Roland also plays Digeridoo which he played a little of last night, but the Hang stole the show.  He played some solo instrumentals, and then jammed along with tunes Donal played live on air.  If you missed it you You can listen back to the show HERE

We’ve no online link for Roland just yet- he’s getting a web presence together, but we’ll post it here once we do. In the meantime, here’s a short clip of Roland busking on Wicklow street.

We found a couple of other great links online- an excellent hang music solo from Manu Delago and Budda Hank’s diy hang alternative (Original Hang’s are very rare and expensive as they are all handcrafted by PanArt so there is a substantial waiting time). There don’t seem to be any Hang musicians registered from Ireland on the Hang Players Directory but if you are one it might be worth a look see?

This was a new instrument on me and I really look forward to hearing it live- the sound is almost magical.




  1. Love seeing the Hang getting more “ink”! Another artist with his own distinctive style is Matt Venuti. Sample his new CD, Hangisphere, here: http://www.venusians.com/cdreleases and see his Hang technique on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/hangsoul

  2. […] drum as part of their make up. I only discovered the nuts-looking hang this november as one of the Fresh Air Festival artists; Roland Gomez is a hang player.  It’s a hugely unusual instrument that is hand made […]

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