September 23rd - 27th, 2021
Join Peter Levitov (Handpan 360) and Mark D'Ambrosio (Planet Handpan) in the beautiful Rocky Mountains for a weekend of learning, composition, practice, creation, and connection all centered around the handpan instrument.
This event will take place Thursday, September 23rd through Monday, September 27th high in the mountains of Breckenridge, Colorado. Unlike traditional handpan festivals, this retreat will be reserved for a small group of no more than 18 people. Our group will be staying in the beautiful Rivertree lodge which is situated right on the base of the Dillon Reservoir and features expansive mountain views, rich forest surroundings, luxurious accommodations, and even a private hot tub. Activities include: group handpan workshops, individual sessions, large and small group collaberations, open mic, performances, and even a private boat tour of lake Dillon. The event will be catered by the incredible Steel Mountain chef Bri Goodall.
Escape from the everyday, and take your relationship with your handpan deeper with us this September at Riverside.
I first heard a Hang in 2008. In that moment it became clear what I would be doing with the rest of my life. I didn’t understand how, but everything I wanted to experience and know was inside that sound.
Over a decade later, after playing hundreds of Handpans and meeting countless new friends around the world, the journey is still just beginning. I learned and am learning always, first and foremost, from the instrument. The Handpan is my great teacher, reminding me to slow down and remember the transformational power of concentration, patience, and deep listening.
I am continually humbled by this art form and often overwhelmed and inspired by the possibilities of sound, from generations of focused exploration. Every time I think I know something, I am invited to keep going. I believe this instrument has a great gift for humanity and feel privileged to explore it together.
Mark D'Ambrosio is a percussionist, composer, educator, and rounded musician from Colorado's Front Range. Mark specializes as a player of the handpan, a new and unique percussion instrument. He has performed as a soloist and taught throughout Colorado, the greater United States, Europe, and China.
When not performing Mark is an avid composer, arranger, and music producer; his music has received critical acclaim and has been featured in numerous creative projects. As an author Mark is the creator of the “Hal Leonard Handpan Method” the first ever handpan method book published in the United States and his writings have been featured in such publications as the Percussive Arts Society’s “Rhythm! Scene Magazine.”
Additionally, he serves as an educator for various area institutions in the Northern Colorado region and is a founder and the current president of the Steel Mountain Handpan Gathering, Colorado’s largest Handpan event. Mark holds a BA in Percussion from Colorado Mesa University.