Drumhouse: Honouring a Cultural Heritage

Drumhouse-Honouring a Cultural Heritage by HANDS Percussion Malaysia

Drumhouse, as its title describes, is a production we embarked on to honour Teochew cultural heritage. Many of us in HANDS are Teochew and have since spent time talking to family and friends to listen to old tales as well as learn details of the culture, more so about its music, operas and traditions. We […]

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Drumhouse-Honouring a Cultural Heritage by HANDS Percussion Malaysia

Want to be notified of the latest updates? Sign up for our email list: Keep Me Updated Ondo! 13-16 April 2023 Ondo! places the ethereal sounds of the handpan centre stage in this collaboration between percussionist Jian Hao and HANDS Percussion giving it an unexpected spin. This steelpan-based instrument has been steadily growing in popularity. […]

Kaleidoscope 6 – HANDS International Drumming Festival “Thunder”

Synopsis Thunder was named in early 2020 (pre-pandemic) to simply say “Let’s make some noise!”. Now finally in production for October 2022 it symbolizes so much more than a loud strong presence. Thunder now reflects a journey (for us and our guest artists) of commitment, grit and incredible team work. In a collection of mixed […]

Drumbeat Inferno 鼓焰

https://youtu.be/QvzKWSgpbXAA drummer lives on energy, an there is no energy quite like fire. The flames rise quickly, and the speed at which the inferno spreads is matched by the increasing intensity of the drummer’s music, passion and strength. For a few brief minutes, this fiery composition consumes the drummers in a frenzy of leaps and […]

Taksu: The Spirit of Gamelan

Synopsis The Balinese believe that the ancient concept of taksu is what motivates a person’s random act of kindness. It is the purest essence of an individual, existing beyond education or learned skill. An ancient (some say spiritual) concept held close at heart by the Balinese, it is referred to locally as the spirit of the arts often said […]

Armour and Skin

Synopsis Under Sudi and Ghafir’s direction the soothing calls of the Malay and Balinese gamelan coaxes responses from the Chinese drums and vice versa, striking a lively varying toned conversation of metallic and deep timbre sounds. The gamelan is made of metal, yet speaks gently and elegantly. The drums are fashioned from supple skin, yet […]

Kaleidoscope V – HANDS International Drumming Festival 2018: Unbeatable

Synopsis It is a fact, that life in all its glory can unexpectedly come down hard on anyone. In order to keep facing life’s challenges, we need to be ready with a mighty spirit. One that helps us get up and move forward when we fall. This is the essence behind Kaleidoscope 5, a spirit […]