Barry Mason

Barry has been playing drums and percussion since an early age. His career as a musician has progressed from rock to jazz to world music, and is now happily involved in fields in which rhythm and melody are used in sound healing and meditation as well as contemporary music. He has been teaching music for 20 years.

In 2006 he discovered the Hang, and was immediately enchanted by its deeply moving soundscape and huge musical potential. He gives regular performances and workshops, involving the hang and other handpans, udus, and associated percussion instruments.

The ethereal, meditative qualities of the Hang are never forgotten once heard. Hang is is the name of the original instrument, conceived by Felix Rohner and Sabina Schärer of PANArt in Switzerland in 2000. Since that time other makers of similar instruments have emerged and they are referred to generically as Handpans. We work with both Hangs and Halos, each with their own unique qualities.

The creation of the Hang arose through experiments to combine the steel pan and a metal version of an udu. Hence the two instruments, the pan and the udu are like brother and sister with complementary soundscapes. The latest incarnation, the Gubal, from PANArt further develops this melodic and rhythmic relationship.

This humble and versatile pot drum originates in Nigeria, used by the women of the Igbo tribe in ceremony. Variations, mostly in clay but also wood, may be found all over the world. The udu has a deeply resonant and distinctive bass sound - a natural percussive accompaniment to the Hang.

These are delightful workshops to attend with this expert and patient teacher.

Hang Hang performance