Art and travel

Ikigai | A reason for being

Inspired by Japanese culture, the following photo series blends shades and shapes.





Busking Your Way Through Life or Urban Freedom

How can you define a personality? By its activities? Its decisions? We now have so many different lifestyles that it became difficult to approach people in the same way. From “leaf and any raw food” enthusiasts to “steak for life” supporters, we see everyday people that are radically different. While most of them are asking for more responsibilities and pressure, seeking to achieve their pre-defined goals, some give up almost everything in exchange for urban freedom. Some call them artists, others call them homeless. We like to call them buskers or street musicians.
 With only a musical instrument in hand and loads of free time, they enchant the busy streets of city capitals. They have existed from antiquity and adapted to the most hostile environments. Nowadays, busking has reached a completely new level of variety where you can see four musical instruments played at the same time by the same performer or perhaps just one that addresses the inner self of the listener through an original way. This is the case of the worldwide handpan players. With no vocal powers or dynamic drumming beats, their show has a peaceful and anti-stress vibration.

The handpan/pantam/hang-drum is practically the same instrument crafted by different builders. Why is this instrument so special? Never since the Japanese swords has steel been so carefully crafted. It was first made in the year 2000 in Switzerland by Sabina Schärer and Felix Rohner.

From police officials, bothered local people or other musicians, handpan players always have to find the perfect spot to exercise their freedom. While many capitals embrace them as modern musical culture, other cities have strict rules and regulations for any kind of street performance. Are all these sounds coming from just one instrument? Yes, the enchanting sounds have been inspired from the steel drum, a carved steel drum that is routed in Trinidad and Tobago. One thing is certain, their exotic performances are and will always be a breeze of fresh sound in the sonic polluted city.