+32.4.79.08.37.75 – Belgium
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Darren Dyke c/o Philippe Gerin
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 harmonic complexity of the steel pan from the first moment I played one. 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 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.