June 8 - 9 - Handpan Academy - Opening weekend Belgium

Exclusive workshops, concerts and handpan trial weekend in Belgium

Handpan Academy is celebrating it’s official permanent opening with an exclusive combination of workshops and concerts and handpan trials on june 8 and 9th near Brussels.

4 players - 8 Workshops - 3 concerts - 30 handpans - 1000 jams - 60 amazing people - 1 minicamping - tons of good food.

There will are a limited number of 30 seats for the full weekend and 30 concerts only tickets. During the weekend you will have the chance to test over 30 handpans from different makers. Halo - Lombardo - Vibe - Chaya - Battiloro - Baur & Brown - Art Melodious - …

Handpan Academy will present it’s now exclusive location for workshops an concerts in a permanent settings. The location will be available for players and makers from all over the world to organize workshops, concerts and trial days. We will have a permanent set of handpans for trial and identical D Kurd 9 for workshops.


Tom Vaylo - Earth Child

Embark on a colorful musical trip throughout the world to the sound of Handpan (Hang), mixed with electronic psybient music and various other acoustic instruments (guitar, singing bowl, world percussions,...). For a live act, forget about your everyday life, and join the ride for a fresh, relaxing and unique music moment.


Loris Lombardo

Loris Lombardo was born in Savona, Italy, in 1985. A multi-percussionist, drummer, composer as well as the founder of the first Academy of handpan in Italy and author of the first handpan manual in the world, “HANDPAN. The Complete Manual” (Handpan Manuale Completo). Searcher of sounds and musical timbres, Loris Lombardo’s music is the result of the constant evolution of his experience as a musician, which began with the study of drums and then of classical percussion at the G.F Ghedini Conservatory of Music - where he graduated with full honours -, and soon moved onto the study of traditional multi-cultural music, leading him to gain the knowledge of unconventional concepts and sounds and allowing him to eventually create his own original and groundbreaking style.

Winner of numerous international contests, he has his one-man show: “Handpan & Percussions Concert”. He holds workshops and courses all over Italy and Europe with the aim to spread the culture of this new and captivating instrument - the handpan.


Idekhis - Free play

As IDEKHIS, Leo Trincabelli and Darren Dyke perform music that is entirely improvised. Handpan and other acoustic sound sources are captured and transformed, intentionally with real time digital processing tools.

Lurking inside these systems are chance elements that act almost as a third member of the group, feeding back melodies, textures and rhythms to which we then respond.

As IDEKHIS we embrace the unexpected, and play with our ever evolving emotional states in free improvisations that are unique and fleeting - to be shared only once.

Idhekis wil launch their EP on Bandcamp on friday 7 th of june!

Leonardo Trincabelli and Darren Dyke will bring music from new musical project Freeplay - IDEKHIS  EP launch on Bandcamp friday june 7 th.   Saturday June 8th at 19:00

Leonardo Trincabelli and Darren Dyke will bring music from new musical project Freeplay - IDEKHIS

EP launch on Bandcamp friday june 7 th.

Saturday June 8th at 19:00

Tom Vaylo will present his brand new CD Earth child.   Saturday June 8 th at 21:00

Tom Vaylo will present his brand new CD Earth child.

Saturday June 8 th at 21:00


Workshops will be organized in 2 group levels, beginners and experienced players. Both Leonardo and Tom will adapt their content based on the level of the groups.
Each will give 4 workshops of 2 hours each, so every group will have 8 hours of workshops over the weekend. In between the workshops is time for practice, groups acts, jams & drinks. Some of the topics: Composition, playing techniques, Jammin’ tips, handpan and electronic music…

Camping & accommodation

There is limited possibility to stay onsite, we have some camping spaces, and some indoor sleeping space, if you bring your own gear. There is 1 shower and toilets available. Please note that you are staying in a residential area, and be respectful to the neighbors. Jamming is OK, but inside after 10 pm.

Concerts - 2 amazing scoops

2 concerts are planned on Saturday 8th of June,

Idehkis will be performing at 19:30, presenting their brand new project Free play for the first time in public.

Tom Vaylo will present his brand new CD Earth child at 21:00

On Sunday we will bring you an surprise performance starting at 17:30

Food and drinks


  • We fire up the BBQ and it’s BYOF (Bring your own food) - drinks are available onsite, and there is a Delhaize right in front of the house.


  • Breakfast Buffet to book

  • Lunch a BYOF

  • Pizza a gogo - Veggie and Vegan pizza buffet - In onsite wood fired oven !



Friday 7th June

18:00 - Welcome

  • Welcome

  • Camping setup

  • Open BBQ (bring your own food)

  • Jams

Saturday 8th June

09:00 - Welcome

  • Breakfast and welcome

  • Introductions - Level assessment

  • Group splits

10:00 - 12:00 - Workshop round 1

12:00 - 13:00 - Lunch break

13:00 - 15:00 - Workshops round 2

15:00 - 15:30 - Break

15:30 - 17:30 - Workshops round 3

17:30 - 19:00 - Pizza night

19:00 - 20:30 -  Concert Idekhis

20:30 - 21:00 - Break

21:00 - 21:30 - Concert Loris Lombardo

21:30 - 23:00 - Concert Tom Vaylo

Sunday 9th June

09:00 - Welcome

  • Breakfast and welcome

09:30 - 11:30 - Workshop round 1

11:30 - 13:00 - Lunch break

13:00 - 15:00 - Workshops round 2

15:00 - 15:30 - Break

15:30 - 17:30 - Workshops round 3

17:30 - 19:00 - Surprise Concert

19:00 - End of program


  • Full weekend including workshops: 149 euro (30 tickets available)

  • Saturday Pizzanight: 30 euro pp.

  • Saturday concert only: 25 euro

  • Overnite camping + breakfast buffet: 25 euro pp

  • Saturday & Sunday concert: Included in weekend pack.

  • Drinks available at the bar.



Leonardo Trincabelli

For over 15 years I have been performing on and promoting the Hang and Handpan. I, along with a small number of others have the distinction of

being among the first musicians who sought out the original Hangs in the early days of their creation. I have shared my love of music and of the Handpan through performances, recordings and workshops and have made numerous albums both as a soloist and with groups. I continue to seek new opportunities to teach perform and share music and with IDEKHIS I see a new venue to explore ideas and concepts that I have been developing for my whole career.


Darren Dyke

My relationship with the Steel Pan and subsequently, the Handpan began in 1986 as a Steel Pan performer and composer. Since 1996 I have worked as a tuner and craftsman of Steel Drums and more recently, of Handpans.

In recent years Electronic Music production has become an increasingly important part of my creative life and during the last 6 year hiatus from performing I have released 4 official albums and a number of singles of self produced electronic music. Now the urge to create and share musicin a live context has resurfaced with IDEKHIS, in collaboration with Leo Trincabelli which I see as the logical next step in my music journey.


Tom Vaylo

Tom Vaylo is an acoustic musician since his very young age (flute, saxophone, guitar, handpan, percussions, ...) who then got into electronic music. In his quest for new ways of sharing his love for music, and taking the audience with him on a musical trip, he now mixes both, adding handpan playing to track living on stage, each track being inspired by one of his own travel.