James Hood Hangs Ten on a Hang Drum Live on Echoes

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James Hood & Hang live on Echoes

James Hood & Hang live on Echoes

There are only a few new instruments in the 20th century and one of them is the Hang, often referred to as the Hang drum to the consternation of its creators, Felix Rohner and Sabina Schärer of PanArts in Switzerland.  They call their instrument a sound sculpture.  With its flying saucer shape and strange indentations and bumps,  it looks like it might be an alien artifact discovered in an ancient temple excavation in India or Bali.   Recalling a steel drum, the Hang is an instrument that can’t sound bad.  Whatever you play is in tune.  CeremonyBut James Hood, who has played drums with The Pretenders and who helms the expansive electronica project, Moodswings,  finds a world of nuanced melody and rhythmic propulsion in this instrument.  He has a new double CD called Ceremony that is almost pure Hang drum, with multiple layers of the instrument spun through a few electronic effects.  Tonight Hood plays the instrument live in a deep Hang meditation on Echoes.

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