Performance di Handpan

Maurizio Rana was born in Foggia in '64. He discovered the handpan instrument once grown-up and decided to take advantage of it to compose music, applying his instinct and technique to leave a mark of his life.

After 3 years of practice and study, in 2017 he recorded his first album with solo handpan, "The Moon and The Sun" (CD). Later, he published the EP "Music for Handpan" (RadioSpia, 2018), which expanded the concepts thanks to the song "A Two Stars Collision" starting a new orchestrated sound, keeping this new instrument as crux.

At the same time, in 2018 and 2019, other Maurizio’s songs were recorded and prepared to be a part of this musical journey album, published with the name of "Hypnos".

Among his public performances, we can remember those at the Teatro Giordano in Foggia from 2017 and, in particular, one with the world-class percussionist Loris Lombardo (April, 2019). We also mention those with a surround sound (with the audio labs) at the Museo Civico of Foggia (2017), and the “Yoga in Surround” experiment with Donatella Damato (2018). Other collaborations are with the Officina Teatrale (Foggia). The Maurizio’s parallel literary production as a poet should also be mentioned.

In order to search for his proper sound, Maurizio had had to test, over the years, more than thirty different handpans. In fact, the study of handpan (which is an instrument entirely built by expert hands) requires constant effort and research among the many available makers and the different harmonic scales. A true path of research and improvement is required, before reaching a true compatibility between the player and his handpan.

Maurizio Rana loves the handpan sound so much, that he considers it as a fundamental part of himself: a channel through which he can share his emotions with his audience. Maurizio Rana nasce a Foggia nel ‘64. Scopre lo strumento handpan da grande e decide di utilizzarlo per comporre musica, applicando istinto e tecnica per lasciare un segno del proprio cammino.

Dopo 3 anni di pratica e di studio, nel 2017 incide il suo primo album con handpan solo, “The Moon and The Sun” (CD). Successivamente pubblica per l’etichetta RadioSpia l’EP “Music for Handpan” (2018), che ne amplia le vedute grazie al brano “A Two Stars Collision” e getta le basi per un suono orchestrato che vede al centro questo nuovo strumento. Simultaneamente, altre composizioni di Maurizio vengono incise e preparate per far parte di questo viaggio musicale pubblicato col nome di “Hypnos”.

Maurizio ha dovuto testare, negli anni, oltre trenta handpan differenti, prima di trovare una strada sonora soddisfacente. Infatti, lo studio dell’handpan, richiede un impegno costante ed una ricerca fra i tanti modelli e fra le tante scale armoniche disponibili. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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