"sounds like ancient future music to me"
"Hauntingly hypnotic sounds ... really helps me relax"
"its just lovely.. "
Here and There - The Music of Simon Wood A Review in Handpans Magazine
"I have come to believe, having listened to a healthy share of HandPan music in recent years, that playing HandPan tells a man’s (or woman’s) story, like no other instrument I’ve ever heard. The initial ease of play allows beginners to start writing, while the later addition of skills, allows the player to refine their story into a masterpiece. And it never ceases to amaze me, just how many beautiful stories that there are to be told.
Simon Wood..Based in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, Simon Wood, uses his music to bring a little light into the lives of those most needing, frequently working with, and playing with, children in care, older folk, substance abusers, asylum seekers, and seemingly anybody else, who could use a friend in their corner. That is, when he’s not travelling the world, playing Hang, and HandPan with the likes of Davide Swarup, Spyros Pan, and Colin Foulke.
Featuring both PANArt Hang, and BEllArt BElls, ‘Here and There’, Simon Wood’s debut HandPan album is eight tracks of awesomeness. Eclectic to some degree, but very much keeping pace with itself, in terms of mood, and ambience. Which, if I was forced to some up in only three words, I would describe as being, ‘peaceful’, ‘transcendental’, and a little bit ‘mournful’ in places too. And the mix of solo HandPan tracks, with some of the best HandPan and electronic mash-ups I’ve yet to hear, really works for this album. From the gentleness, and fragility, of tracks such as ‘Three Times’, and ‘Always Searching’, through to the uber-cool, ‘Ten Thousand Suns’ (a track that the ‘repeat’ button on your media player was very much made for). Music to have an epiphany to!"
This album features solo PANart Hang and Bellart Bells music as well as a couple of tracks with electronic music - synth's and drums and the like, which feature the sound of the Hang somewhere in the mix.Add to that the marvellous trans-atlantic overdub cello skills of Colin Foulke on track one too.
There's also a live track at the end featuring three Hang or Hanghang as we hang nuts call them in the plural -myself and Davide Swarup and Spyros Pan two wonderful people and supremely talented Hang players - oh yeah and the birds who are almost singing along - it was recorded outdoors in Baghsu in Northern India - a place famous for its cake !
Its an honest record of where i have been with the Hang since 2007 and is played from my core. You will be helping me if you download this and i give thanks to you and hope you enjoy this music from the heart.
love and peas , simon