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September 23rd - 27th, 2021

Join Mark D'Ambrosio and Adam Maalouf 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.

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Adam Maalouf

Adam Maalouf is a Lebanese-American multi-instrumentalist, and composer. His cross-genre style of music forms a common thread between the cultures of the East and West. Maalouf’s playing style on the pantam represents the cross-pollination of diverse influences, including western classical, Jazz, Arabic, and Indian classical music and electronica. Pan-tam is the name of the "flying saucer" instrument invented in the year 2000, and the word stems from the combination of the Pan from Trinidad, and the Ghatam (clay pot drum) from South India.


Adam has shared his music in venues across the world including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, MoMA, St. Basil's Cathedral, Tanglewood, The BANFF Center and Austin City Limits, Gospel, National Sawdust, Pioneer Works, The Stone, Asheville Percussion Festival, Gratitude Migration Festival, Griasdi Festival, Elements Music Festival. As a collaborator, Adam has performed with ensembles such as The Brooklyn Raga Massive, Pink Martini, Ensemble Signal, The Atlanta Symphony, The National Arabic Orchestra, The Gil Evan's Centennial Project, and with artists such as Steve Reich, K’naan, Kygo, Drukmo Gyal Dakini, Lizz Wright, Eugene Frisen, Jamey Haddad, Farah Siraj, Morley and many others. Adam performs regularly as a solo artist and with his world music collaboration "East River".


Adam holds a BA in Percussion Performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY and MBA in Music Business from Berklee School of Music. After school, curiosity drew Adam to India and the Middle East to study under renowned hand-percussion masters Anindo Chatterjee, Rohan Krishnamurthy, River Guerguerian, Glen Velez.

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Mark D'Ambrosio

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.

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