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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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  • Holiday Gifts that Give Back
    November 26, 2021

    Holiday Gifts that Give Back

    WECAN
    This holiday season, we invite you to consider a gift that gives back.The Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International and We Play Well Together are honored to partner with the Kichwa women of Sarayaku in the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador. We're deeply humbled to be supporting this group by importing and selling their beautiful beaded jewelry on our website. We Play Well Together has donated funds to purchase the first round of artwork from the Sarayaku Women in addition to donating website and logistical support to send them to you.All profits from your purchases will directly support the livelihood of the craftswomen, and their advocacy work to protect the forest through Amazon Women Defenders of the Jungle (Mujeres Amazonicas Defensoras).
     
    Clay Bowl

    Shop Seed Bead Jewelry Collection

    Seed Beads

    Seed Bead Jewelry

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  • Masterful Sound Layering with Koshi, Kalimbas & Zaphir Chimes!
    November 15, 2021

    Masterful Sound Layering with Koshi, Kalimbas & Zaphir Chimes!

    Holiday Gifts: Hokema, Zaphir & Koshi Chimes

    Know what makes the best gift for your favorite person? A custom matched-set of chimes and Kalimbas!

    These delightful hand-held instruments can be combined for masterful sound layering - utilized by professional musicians and sound practitioners as well as by non-musicians who are longing for the power to make their own music. Kalimbas and hand-chimes are safe for kids and delight adults. 

    Koshi Chimes & Matching Kalimbas from We Play Well Together

    Watch our new video to get inspired by these beautiful twinkly tone combinations in triple sound layering... 

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  • Music and Memory Loss: An Interview with Percussionist David Naylor
    October 27, 2021

    Music and Memory Loss: An Interview with Percussionist David Naylor

    David Naylor, Percussionist

    After suffering a debilitating illness, David Naylor found himself in a hospital unable to remember who he was. During his recovery, he saw an online photo of himself sitting behind a percussion setup that would become known as the "Gathering of Drums." At the center of this setup was a Zenko Drum in the Akebono tuning - that seemed to David to serve as the "heart" of the collection. Upon being discharged, David returned to his home and was filled with wonder upon finding himself before these instruments in real life, unable to remember anything about how they came to be assembled or how he'd played them. And thus began a journey to reinvent and rediscover himself though music. 

    David Naylor, Percussionist

    After hearing a little about David's story, We Play Well Together's Joule L'Adara invited David to join her on an Instagram Live to share more. What unfolded was a fascinating conversation about what's possible when we let go of the past stories of who we are and can live fully in the present moment. 
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    For a beautiful deep dive into mindfulness, memory, and rhythm, listen to this 75-minute long-form IG Live interview edited for YouTube with photos of David's percussion setup and live playing interspersed with the story-telling. Watch the video here... 
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