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Europe Day 2014: Musical master class in TUMO Center

24 May 2014
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On 23 May, another session of 4-day masterclass organised in the framework of Europe Day Information Week took place in TUMO Centre for Creative Technologies. A British musician Daniel Waples came to share his experience with TUMO students. Daniel plays an unusual instrument called hang drum or hand pan. The instrument originates from Switzerland and combines features of different musical instruments around the world: African, Asian and European. The one he brought with him to Yerevan is called Terrapan, which is made by his friends. Daniel himself takes part in the creation of the instrument as well, he says he likes participating in customizing of the instrument.
Daniel describes the shape of the instrument as something that not a single nation can claim to own, and for him it is the most important thing about this instrument: no one owns it, but it still belongs to everyone in this world.
After a question and answer session with journalists, Daniel turned to playing the Terrapan and explaining how it works. On the same day there was a rehearsal with “Tmba-Ta” orchestra, consisting of TUMO students. Together they set a small piece improvising and creating a harmony of several instruments – guitar, drums, flute, percussion and of course terrapan.
Students were very excited to have the opportunity to perform side by side with such a unique musician. In his turn, Daniel was delighted to meet these talented kids; they got used to the instrument in no time and started making experiments with its sounds.
Daniel and “Tmba-Ta” had a small joint performance at the formal reception dedicated to Europe Day on 21 May and another one on 24 May, at the closing ceremony of Europe Day Information Week at Freedom Square.

Europe Day 2014: Musical master class in TUMO Center

On 23 May, another session of 4-day masterclass organised in the framework of Europe Day Information Week took place in TUMO Centre for Creative Technologies. A British musician Daniel Waples came to share his experience with TUMO students. Daniel plays an unusual instrument called hang drum or hand pan. The instrument originates from Switzerland and combines features of different musical instruments around the world: African, Asian and European. The one he brought with him to Yerevan is called Terrapan, which is made by his friends. Daniel himself takes part in the creation of the instrument as well, he says he likes participating in customizing of the instrument. Daniel describes the shape of the instrument as something that not a single nation can claim to own, and for him it is the most important thing about this instrument: no one owns it, but it still belongs to everyone in this world. After a question and answer session with journalists, Daniel turned to playing the Terrapan and explaining how it works. On the same day there was a rehearsal with “Tmba-Ta” orchestra, consisting of TUMO students. Together they set a small piece improvising and creating a harmony of several instruments – guitar, drums, flute, percussion and of course terrapan. Students were very excited to have the opportunity to perform side by side with such a unique musician. In his turn, Daniel was delighted to meet these talented kids; they got used to the instrument in no time and started making experiments with its sounds. Daniel and “Tmba-Ta” had a small joint performance at the formal reception dedicated to Europe Day on 21 May and another one on 24 May, at the closing ceremony of Europe Day Information Week at Freedom Square.