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Darren Dyke

pancycle@me.com

512.750.9598 – US

+32.4.79.08.37.75 – Belgium

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Rue de la Glacière, 16
1060 Bruxelles Belgique

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A Little About Me

As a student of percussion, I have always been fascinated by the sounds instruments produce when struck. I was drawn to the sound of the steel pan from the first moment I played one; its harmonic complexity resonated deeply with me. For over 20 years as a performer, I had the opportunity to collaborate with many of the leading figures in the steel pan community.

The more I played, the more I wanted to understand the mechanics of the instrument, and that curiosity led me to study with my mentor, Ellie Mannette. Ellie, who is considered the father of the modern steel drum, graciously shared with me his unique tuning methods, methods which he has refined over 60-plus years as a pioneer in the art form. The warmth and richness of Ellie’s instruments continue to inspire me as a craftsman and tuner.

The next chapter in this adventure of instrument crafting and tuning promises to be new and very exciting.  I will be working together with Kyle Cox as part of Pantheon Steel, helping to create new Halos from my home base here in Brussels.  These are AG or “Altered Geometry” Halos which means they are slightly smaller than the original but are, Like all Halos, made in Pantheon HQ and sent to me for tuning.  It is a big step for both myself and Pantheon Steel.
My background as a steel pan tuner informs my appreciation for and approach to working with the handpan. The steel pan and handpan share a unique resonance, harmonic richness, and sonic complexity that holds fascination for me now as it did the first day I played a pan.