Artists in Resonance with Laura Inserra and the Hang Drum

Laura Inserra is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, teacher, and artistic director. She is a classically trained musician with a strong improvisational background. She plays contemporary and world music in different projects as a percussionist, multi-instrumentalist and composer.

For many years she has been involved in the artistic direction of multidisciplinary performances in Europe and in the US. In 2007 she founded Samavesha, an international non-profit multidisciplinary performing art organization based out of Berkeley.

Audiences worldwide are not only mesmerized by this woman but also captivated by her virtuosity, profound musicality and the passion she brings on the stage.

ABOUT THE HANG: The Hang is a musical instrument in the idiophone class created by Felix Rohner and Sabina Schàˆrer in Bern, Switzerland.

The instrument is constructed from two half-shells of deep drawn, nitrided steel sheet glued together at the rim leaving the inside hollow and creating a distinct 'UFO shape'. The top ("Ding") side has a center 'note' hammered into it and seven or eight 'tone fields' hammered around the center. The bottom ("Gu") is a plain surface that has a rolled hole in the center with a tuned note that can be created when the rim is struck.

The name Hang comes from the Bernese German word for hand.

ABOUT ARTIST IN RESONANCE: There is an awe inducing beauty in witnessing the transformation of a performer become a single entity with their instrument. Even more intriguing are the distinct characteristics of these tools that transport audiences to uncharted sonic landscapes. In each episode, the artists will guide us through the stories of how these unique instruments were crafted, discovered, and mastered.