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Sylvain Paslier was born in Lyon, France in 1990 and moved to the United States as an exchange student in 2011. He currently lives in Pennsylvania with his wife.
It was through his cousin and friend, David Charrier, that Sylvain discovered this instrument in 2005. At the time, there was only one manufacturer in the entire world: a small company called PANArt located in Switzerland. Their creation was called the Hang sound sculpture.
The Hang was so rare it took Sylvain two years to find one. In 2007, the journey began. Musical jam sessions turned into bands such as Confiture de Hang, Keona and Wadhom. Sylvain traveled to HangOut UK in 2008 — the world's first Hang gathering. Life-long friendships were made.
In 2015, Sylvain recorded a studio album, Carousel, that he calls the soundtrack of his life. It captures all the original songs that have accompanied Sylvain throughout the years. Several singles and collaborative tracks have also been released since.
In 2018, Sylvain picked up The Handpan Podcast. In each episode, he sits down with handpan makers and players to hear the transformation stories of people whose lives have intersected with handpans.