Born and raised in Southern California, Colin's intense interest in music started at an early age. Weaned on a mix of BB King, the Beatles, and Beethoven, he was destined to a life of eclectic musical taste.
At the age of nine, Colin was presented with a choice in his public school music program to either join the choir or play the violin. He chose violin but quickly adopted the cello and so started his first musical love affair. For the next ten years, Colin played cello in various orchestras and symphonies throughout Southern California and had the honor of being the first chair cellist in them all. As Colin's level of playing progressed so did the pressure, and he reached a point where the constraints of classical music and the stresses of performing were too much. At the age of eighteen, he put his cello down and walked away from music. It wasn't until several years later that a friendly challenge reignited his love of music and started him on a new and very different musical journey.
Challenged by a close friend to learn a new instrument, Colin chose the didgeridoo; a rhythmic drone wind instrument played by the Australian Aborigines. A far cry from the constraints of the classical cello, the
didgeridoo is an instrument that is defined by freedom. Colin fell in love with the didgeridoo, its fast rhythms, and the liberating mindset that comes with playing. The didgeridoo introduced him to a whole new world of instruments and musicians, and in early 2007, Colin stumbled across a video of an instrument that would leave him forever changed; the Hang (pronounced 'hung,').
Along his quest to find his Hang, Colin became aware of Pantheon Steel, a company who was inspired to create their own handpan, the Halo. In early 2009, Pantheon Steel completed their first Halo and began taking orders. Colin decided to get on the production list and nine months later he acquired his first handpan, a prototype Halo. Jokingly called 'Raga Noel' as it was created around Christmas, Colin's prototype Halo is set in a partial G harmonic minor scale; a heavily middle eastern flavored scale. Defined by its low bass note and its 'floating' harmonics, the Halo was everything Colin could have wished for--little did he know he was mere months away from acquiring his very own Hang.
After over three years of searching for a Hang of his own, in May of 2010, Colin's Hang found him. A beautiful 2nd or 'new' generation Hang, tuned to a 7-note take on a D-minor scale, without the E.
Similar to the didgeridoo, the Hang and Halo are instruments whose play is defined by the player and not by a set standard. Both are very interactive instruments; playing is a constant give and take of leading and listening, playing and reacting. The Hang and Halo have forever changed Colin and his musical path.Although Colin's quest to acquire his Hang and Halo has ended, he believes his musical journey is just starting...