December 1, 2017

Handpan album update: Two of Brisbane’s finest join the lineup!

Lachlan Hawkins & Daniel Lopez in studio

I’m very excited to share with you that tracking for my studio album, No Enemy Within, is coming to a close… I’m on the home stretch!

Together with my producer Steve Thornely, this collection of songs has been over a 2-year collaboration. This time has been really necessary however as we’ve been able to get to the core of what my music means and what I wanted to say as an artist. Each song has been its own journey in every sense, and along the way, our ears have been drawn to include sounds away from the handpan to help bring this music to life.

I’m thrilled to accounce that acclaimed violinist Daniel Lopez (Qld Symphony Orchestra, Camerata, RUE Arts) will feature on the title track, No Enemy Within, and pianist Sophie Min – my close friend and musical collaborator of five years – will feature on the moody instrumental track Forge Ahead.

THE CURRENT ALBUM LINEUP

Both of these musicians are blazing their own paths not only in Brisbane but around the country and I’m so delighted that they are a part of this album – Daniel & Sophie join a growing lineup which now includes Tsoof Baras (handpan), Olivia Chindamo (Melbourne/New York – voice), Simon Svoboda (cello) and myself (handpan, voice, drums, percussion).

I hope you’re as excited as I am about this project… I’ll be in touch with more updates very soon!

Sophie Min tracking Forge Ahead at Palace Studios

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July 17, 2015

Recordings in the Stairwell

Music therapy – and health & wellbeing as a whole – is something I’m very interested in, and I’ve been fortunately involved with a few musical projects over the years (particularly the MS Sing-a-thon & Mater Starlight Children’s Ward concerts) that have given me the opportunity to perform in these settings.

I’m really excited to now be a part of the Stairwell Project, launched by Peter Breen (Director, Jugglers Arts Space), which aims to lift the spirits of patients, staff and visitors at the Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital by integrating live music into the hospital. Over the last 6 weeks, I’ve been playing the handpan for a couple of hours every Monday morning in the stairwell (what an incredible space to play in!). The response, particularly from the staff, has been very positive – many staff members have stopped to ask about the handpan and its origin, others have simply smiled or said “thank you” as they walk by… I’m very grateful to be a part of it all and I can’t wait to see the growth of this project.

I’ve uploaded some recordings on Soundcloud – have a listen and tell me your thoughts 🙂

“Let’s Escape” – http://bit.ly/1f9ErZy
Improvising – http://bit.ly/1Mxu2Sl

Lachlan

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