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  • All about feeltone
    May 27, 2022

    All about feeltone

    feeltone Logo

    Learn all about these gorgeous wood dronal and percussive instruments crafted out the highest quality materials in Northern Germany, and how WE PLAY WELL TOGETHER has brought them to the American Market for music and sound therapists as well as composers and performers. We're now convening an interconnected international network around players of hypnotic soundscapes so that anyone can experience how to "feel the tone".

    Ingo Böhme

    (And no, that's not a typo: feeltone is always written with a lower-case f! :)

    We're making a joyful noise with feeltone as the company celebrates its 40th anniversary this year! That's 40 years of honing the craft of fine instrument building. 
     

    Fine Instruments made at the Baltic Sea: An Origin Story...

    Ingo Böhme is the founder and CEO of feeltone: a self-taught musician, researcher, instrument maker, businessman and entrepreneur.
    As a child Ingo had longed to play music, but was frustrated by early piano lessons in his native Germany where he was criticized for playing the "wrong notes." This caused him to abandon music making for many years, until a trip to Idaho in 1982 found him at a festival in the wilderness where he experienced playing intuitive instruments for the first time. Without training, without musical knowledge, he describes the feeling of being carried by the group, playing without thinking, invisibly guided. This was to become his vision, which he passes on with great enthusiasm through his work up through today: intuitive music making.

    "The most beautiful thing is to see the glow in the eyes when an instrument touches the heart with its sound." - Ingo Böhme

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  • All About Metal Sounds
    May 6, 2022

    All About Metal Sounds

    Metal Sounds LogoLearn all about this exquisite line of steel pitched percussion crafted out the highest quality materials in the South of France, and how WE PLAY WELL TOGETHER has brought them to the American Market for musicians in the ever widening handpan community. We're now convening an interconnected international network around these unique melodic instruments that anyone can pick up and play.

    A Story of Passion, Quality & Integrity...

    Djoliba Music Store

    In 2006 Philip Maignaut and the Djoliba Music Store began a collaboration and research project that five years later resulted in the birth of the Spacedrum and a new company: SAS Metal Sounds founded in October of 2011. 

    Philip Maignaut

    For more than 25 years, Philip Maignaut has been researching the machined manufacturing of steeldrums, complimented with traditional methods for producing 'Pans', The Spacedrum resulted from this craftsmanship and expertise. 

    Metal Sounds Workshop, France

    This artisan instrument maker, the Metal Sounds Company is based in Toulouse, France, and today manufactures Spacedrums and Zenkos, as well as importing steeldrums (steelpans) and other instruments...
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  • All About Hokema
    April 25, 2022

    All About Hokema

    Hokema Cropped

    Learn all about these beautiful sound wonders crafted out the finest materials in a solar-powered family run factory in Germany, and how WE PLAY WELL TOGETHER has brought them to the American Market to the delight of music makers. We're now convening an interconnected international community around these distinctive instruments that anyone can pick up and play.

    Peter and Hugo Hokema

    Family-run craftsmanship and innovation

    Founder and owner Peter Hokema was already passionate about trying out different instruments while he was studying music. There he discovered the traditional African plucked instruments and was so fascinated that he wanted to make it known in Germany. He finally invented his own version with the Sansula in 2001.

    Hokema Sansaula BuildingIt has an oval wooden frame, which is covered with a drum skin and in the middle of which a small kalimba is hung freely swinging. The new model met with enthusiasm right from the start and has been incorporated into a variety of different music-making communities ever since that include: professional musicians, composers, sound artists, yoga practitioners, sound-healing facilitators, meditation teachers, music therapists, early-child educators, brain trauma survivors, wellness advocates and more!

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  • We're going to 🌸SUPER BLOOM: A Women's Handpan Gathering in May!
    April 13, 2022

    We're going to 🌸SUPER BLOOM: A Women's Handpan Gathering in May!

    Join us next month at SUPER BLOOM: a Women’s Handpan Gathering taking place May 13th-15th located at Peace Temple in the Catskills Mountains near Hancock, New York.

    Super Bloom: A Women's Handpan Gathering

    “We aim to bring women handpan players and enthusiasts together for a relaxing weekend in the woods. Steeped in nature, with the handpan as our guide, we invite women looking to awaken, explore and expand their divine inner-compass. We are grateful for this opportunity to Super Bloom inner abundance into life … together.”
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    WE PLAY WELL TOGETHER will be providing Metal Sounds Spacedrums to try out and we’ll be giving away a Zenko Drum, Hokema Kalimba Sansula and other goodies to some lucky participants. We're looking forward to getting to know our handpan community up-close and personal at this gorgeous location for their inaugural gathering! (And wow, this is the first in-person event we'll be attending in 2 years! It's been a looong pandemic...) 

    LEARN MORE + REGISTER FOR SUPER BLOOM HERE

    Super Bloom Interview

    We chat together with the team behind

    🌷🌷🌷 Super Bloom...

    Last week, We Play Well Together's Joule L'Adara hosted an Instagram Live session with the creative team behind Super Bloom. The women share why they were drawn to work with the handpan, how this gathering came into being, and why time in nature with music and sisterhood is so nourishing and especially needed at this time.  You can check out the YouTube version of this long-form IG interview on our channel...

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  • REBRAND REVEAL! 🎨
    March 24, 2022

    REBRAND REVEAL! 🎨

    Blow the trumpets! Strum the monochords! Bang on handpans, tongue-drums and Tinka Tongs! Send in choirs singing songs of joy while plucking on kalimbas! We have a new look:

    Yes, we've brightened ourselves up to big, bold, modern colors. But more importantly, we've defined what's most important about our company. Sure, we're the exclusive North American Distributor for fine, high-quality musical instruments that are hand-crafted by European Artisans using sustainable materials and packaging. And yes, the instruments in our collection are all intuitively played, empowering anyone from any background to instantly become a musician, while offering skilled musicians the opportunity to play with sound in innovative, intuitive ways.
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    But most importantly, We Play Well Together is about togetherness: convening in online and offline spaces with other people in order to experience, listen, receive, interact, interweave, converse, revel, cavort, (sometime clown around, sometime mourn), make and create. The melodious tones of our instruments are the medium through which people all over the world can create meaningful connections and to forge the kinds of experiences that make a life worth living.
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    We supply the tools, but we can only play well, er... together. Our community is everything and we're so glad you're a part of ours!

    With Gratitude

    Gabriele Schwibach + Team

    We Play Well Together: Instruments in Community

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  • A Simple Way to Support Ukrainian Artists
    March 14, 2022

    A Simple Way to Support Ukrainian Artists

    We're heartbroken by the brutal, devastating violence that has taken place in Ukraine over the past two weeks. While this (any) war has layers of complexity stemming from centuries of history, it's difficult to deny that a great many people are suffering right now. We can choose to look away, allow ourselves to become overwhelmed, or instead choose to carry out some small act that might relieve the suffering even a little. Beyond donating to relief organizations, we received a tip for a brilliant way to support artists - an act of simplicity and beauty.  

    Ukrainian Needlepoint Pattern on Etsy - EmbroideryArtByNat

    The online shop Etsy.com has curated a section of their marketplace featuring all Ukrainian artists. You can go right now and purchase digital creations that will ensure resources go directly to a struggling small business owner who is likely facing immense challenges right now. Etsy is waving all Ukrainian seller fees in a show of support, so all purchases go directly to the creators. 
    It's best to purchase digital products that require no shipping (of which there are many gorgeous items to choose from, including: wall art, needlepoint patterns, digital design, etc.)

    Ukranian Art from Etsy - Comfort Art

    Etsy.com and the artists here have no association with We Play Well Together, but as a community that distributes and supports handcrafted instruments, we stand with artists, craftsmen, and creators all over the world. We encourage you to make a purchase and in turn share to your networks/family/friend about this one small thing we can do. 

    Support Artists in Ukraine on Etsy

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  • How to create mesmerizing sound compositions on handpan and tongue drum 🎶
    February 15, 2022

    How to create mesmerizing sound compositions on handpan and tongue drum 🎶

    Are you curious about handpans and tongue drums? Perhaps you've seen them on our website but aren't sure what the differences in tonal quality are and how they might each be used separately or together? And what about singing with these instruments?

    Kalani Das of World Drum Club

    We're excited to bring you this long-form interview featuring our long-time friend Kalani Das of World Drum Club - a YouTube Channel with with over 200K subscribers that features hundreds of tutorials and reviews of percussion instruments. Kalani takes us on an in-depth exploration of our Metal Sounds instruments, offering a beautiful demonstration featuring the Spacedrum Evolution and Zenko Drum. 

    Metal Sounds Spacedrum Evolution and Zenko Drum

    Kalani also shares with us how he creates mesmerizing sound textures using live looping to layer the sounds and play both drums together - even as a solo performer. This is a showcase for how We Play Well Together instruments truly play well together! 

    Watch our interview with Kalani Das...

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  • We're back for the NAMM Show's 2022 Believe in Music Week!
    January 19, 2022

    We're back for the NAMM Show's 2022 Believe in Music Week!

    Founded in 1901, NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) has a mission to strengthen the music products industry and promote the pleasures and benefits of making music.

    What is Believe in Music?

    Believe in Music

    Believe in Music is the global gathering to unify and support the people who bring music to the world.

    Building on the success of last year’s Believe in Music Week, this online event will feature a mix of comprehensive programming and professional education as well as an interactive brand pages to connect buyers and sellers – all designed to elevate the innovation and inspiration found across the industry, kick-off the New Year, and look ahead to reuniting in-person at The 2022 NAMM Show (which is scheduled to take place in Los Angeles this June - we hope to attend!)

    The online celebration will be held on Thursday, January 20, 2022 and Friday, January 21, featuring a global livestream, interactive brand pages and unique content. Select content will be available on-demand Saturday, January 22 – Sunday, January 23, 2022.

    Sign up for free at: registration.namm.org

     We Play Well Together

    Then check out our latest video montage featuring our favorite handcrafted musical instruments ranging from pocket-sized kalimbas to handpans, to Sound Furniture from feeltone, Hokema & Metal Sounds.

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  • We Play Well Together for Kwanza!
    December 1, 2021

    We Play Well Together for Kwanza!

    We Play Well Together for Kwanza

    WE PLAY WELL TOGETHER presents an online participatory celebration with Musical Artist Robbi Kumalo

    Learn about the holiday Kwanza and why it's important to the African American community. Then enjoy a demonstration of musical instruments from around the world, followed by an invitation to join in participatory music making using any instrument and/or your voice. Bring your drums, kalimbas, steel pans, handpans, shakers, strings, monochord keys or any other instrument to make a joyful noise!

    Join us for free on Monday, December 27th at 12 noon ET

    Robbi K

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