Rafael was born in Santiago de Chile. After many years of travelling the world he discovered the hand pan in 2003. Their sound was a perfect medium for Rafael to combine different cultures and musical styles in a unique way. In 2006 the painter and self-taught musician founded the artists collective “The Art of Fusion”. As a composer, musician and producer Rafael works in various musical projects. To express himself in different styles, like handpan music, jazz fusion, world or film music is his passion. With the brand “Opsilon” Rafael produces his own handpans.
“Life is a journey, not a destination” – Rafael
Edda B. has been making music since early childhood. After piano, vocals and saxophone, she now concentrates on her heart instrument, the hand pan and electric bass. Together with Axel Stieber, an outstanding fusion bassist and guitarist, “Pan & Bass” will be performed at the festival for the first time. The duo likes to improvise a lot and is guided by the momentary inspiration and joy in music. Funky, fusion, meditative…it will be an exciting journey 🙂
The studied musician, from Nuremberg, is a highly respected artist far beyond Franconia. Besides flutes of all kinds, from transverse flute to dizi, fula flute and tin-whistle, Dieter Weberpals also plays and teaches African drums, as well as various African instruments such as the balaphon.
For decades Dieter toured worldwide with his own band “Argile”, plays in different formations, moderates radio shows at the Bavarian Radio, is organizer of Rock Against Right, Africa Culture Days Forchheim, Nuremberg Night of Spiritual Songs and since 2019 the Handpan Festival.
With Mike “Caisaman” Dürigen, an exciting collaboration is being created for the first time, which is the result of the improvisation and great musicality of the two dynamic artists.