Fresh Air – Fresh instrumentNovember 3, 2009
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.