While Felix Rohner and Sabina Schärer saw the Hang as an instrument for the personal use of a single player, they recognized the potential of the Gubal to be played together with other instruments. However, they faced the problem that the Gubal was drowned out by most instruments because they can be played much louder than the Gubal.
Therefore the PANArt team began to develop additional instruments made of Pang, suitable for serving as partners for the Gubal. In August 2015 the Hang Gudu was introduced. In 2016 the Pang string instruments Pang Sei, Pang Sai and Pang Sui followed as well as the Hang Urgu. Thus the Pang ensemble was formed.
On PANArt’s website it is described as follows:
The three new instruments, the Gubal, the Hang Gudu, and the Hang Urgu form the pulsating core of the ensemble, the section that drives the orchestra forward and keeps the groove going. The combination of bassy pulses with a broad percussive potential and palette of sounds provides the foundations required by the ensemble. Then, the three string instruments – the Pang Sei, Pang Sai and Pang Sui – form the choir, opening up freedom of improvisation allowing the music to flow. A musical conversation, like a shared dance, can emerge.
On PANArt’s YouTube channel the PANArt Pangensemble, consisting of David Rohner, Sabina Schärer, Felix Rohner and Basil Rohner, is introduced by three videos, one of which is presented here:
At PANArt it has become habitual to end the day by getting together and playing in the Pang ensemble. Basil Rohner published a number of videos including audio recordings from these sessions in the YouTube playlist Musik nach der Arbeit .
Additional audio recordings in various line-ups of the PANArt Pang ensemble can be found on PANArt’s website.
Recommendations for further reading:
- Pang music – the new art form from PANArt
- PANArt Pangensemble (playlist on YouTube)
- Musik nach der Arbeit (playlist on YouTube)
- Music after work (audio recordings on panart.ch)