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Handpan Showcase – Spirit Voices

Friday, August 30th, 2024 7:30pm


Spotlight Event,


Jim LoPresti at Work
Jim LoPresti at Work

Jim LoPresti

Fans will remember Jim from his exhibition at the MAC last fall where he displayed his personal collection tattoo antiquities and photos of tattoo collectors. He has been tattooing since 1996 and opened Lucky Soul Tattoo Studio in 2001. He works primarily in black and gray realism, perfecting his wash and shading techniques over the decades of experience.  Jim ended the exhibit with a concert by his band, “Earth Passenger” , which of course, featured handpan.


Now Jim has gathered several of his musician friends from the handpan community to bring a full-fledged Handpan Showcase to the MAC’s stage.


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The Handpan Showcase Musicians

Jim LoPresti

Jim was born in Bridgeport, CT and began creating music at the age of 8 with his accordion. Years of playing multiple instruments his true love landed on percussion. Though he has played in several bands of different genres he now focuses primarily on the handpan. He has released several albums integrating handpan and electronic sounds. Jim is a sound bath practitioner offering sound meditation in various spaces in CT. He also performs regularly, solo and with his psych-rock band Earth Passenger.

Sarah Paz Hyde

Alchemist, handpan musician, vocalist, calmUNITY organizer and visual artist currently based in Maryland. Her creative spirit derives from a multicultural upbringing and holistic, spiritual approach to engaging life, fused with a deep-seeded connection to curiosity. In 2016, Sarah Paz Hyde discovered the handpan, an instrument that brought her full circle to her life’s purpose, “aiding others in more deeply connecting their being to balance within the body + mind + spirit.”

Amy Naylor

Handpan player, songwriter, and music facilitator from England. She is currently touring her 2023 album “The Earth Teaches”, and spreading the handpan joy through online classes and various workshop events. Knowing just how transformative and empowering the simple act of playing music together can be, Amy crafts her shows and workshops to create a space where this connection can blossom. With the handpan at the center, she plays repetitive mantra-like songs for all to be involved in, breaking down the barrier between “performer” and “audience”.

Dan Mulqueen

American multi-instrumentalist from New Jersey, Dan's music is centered around the handpan. Dan's playing style is both beautifully melodic and intensely percussive. His stylistic approach invites the listener to experience elements of multiple genres of music all housed in one easily digestible format. In addition to multiple solo tours across Australia, Europe and the USA, Mulqueen has also shared the stage with Shpongle for two sold out concerts at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado and collaborated with artists such as Mereba, Long Arm, Zebbler Encanti Experience and many more.

Ricky Hillson

Ricky is a professional multi-instrumentalist, teacher and artisan, performing on guitar, Handpan, Rav and a variety of World Instruments. Elevating these instruments beyond just drums, his creative songwriting style engages listeners mind, body and soul. After teaching handpan and Rav all over the US and online, his core musical belief is that we are all inherently musicians and awakening our individual abilities is often a life changing experience.

If you would like your student aged child to accompany you to a concert or play, please call the office for a $5 student ticket.
And remember, our outdoor events and exhibit receptions are free for all.

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