Journeys: Handpan Solo
Grand Rapids, Mich.
File under world music. Think of a handpan as a steel drum without the mallets or the seagull sounds in the background. This album is less about the creation of highly structured music as it is about celebrating a rhythmic soundscape made by an unique instrument. You might hear this kind of thing when you’re getting a massage, but Arndt, a multi-instrumentalist and Grand Rapids native, takes it on the road, performing for many people across the globe who are not getting massages (although they have been known to appear in yoga studios). Light up some incense and go to jeremyarndt.bandcamp.com to check out the album. –Ryan Cunningham