I hadn't heard of the instrument the "hang" before yesterday, when I started listening to The Portico Quartet, it always interests me to hear "new" instruments.
"A Hang [haŋ] (pronunciation between the vowel sounds in the word 'Hot' and 'Hungry') is a harmonically tuned steel idiophone created by PANArt in Switzerland. It uses some of the same physical principles as a steelpan but with a nitrided surface and structural change of having two clamped shells with a small opening so that the instrument is a Helmholtz Resonator. The creation of the Hang was the result of many years of research on the steelpan as well as the study of a diverse collection of instruments from around the world such as gongs, gamelan, ghatam/udu, drums, and bells. Metallurgical and acoustic research by the makers has led to significant changes and refinement in structure, design, and process over the years since the first Hang was offered."
The Portico Quartet play modern jazz, using the hang amongst other instruments, and it sounds like this (from their new album "Isla"):
I'm really impressed with The Portico Quartet's sound (John Leckie produces the new LP) and will attempt to find their CD at lunch today (an nigh on impossible chore, in this cultural wasteland in which I work). Their first album "Knee Deep In The North Sea" in on Spotify.