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This is a solo handpan composition entitled "Lights Out". The song is inspired the imagery of 'winding down' after a big day - closing your eyes as you fall asleep, detaching yourself from the challenges you're facing and accepting that tomorrow is a new day that starts with a clean slate.

This piece is also inspired by Kate Yates - a patient I met while performing as part of the Stairwell Project (a music therapy initiative) at the Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital. Sitting a metre away from me as I played the pan in the Oncology Outpatients ward, she closed her eyes and was immediately transported by the sound of the handpan. At that moment I thought to myself, "What does she need to hear right now... musically what can I play to give her some comfort and relief, and take her away from the pain and challenges she's facing." So I slowed the tempo down, played more simple and came up with an ostinato. This later developed into the full piece you hear - Lights Out.

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from No Enemy Within (Live), released July 5, 2016
Written and performed by Lachlan Hawkins (handpan). Dedicated to Kate Yates.
Recording and Mixing: Anna Whitaker
Producer, Mastering & Live Sound: Steve Thornely

Special thanks to the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University for hosting this event as part of the 2016 QCGU Alumni Concert Series.

An additional thank you to Peter Breen for creating the Stairwell Project, which allowed this special moment with patient Kate Yates to take place at the Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital.

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Lachlan Hawkins Music Brisbane, Australia

Lachlan Hawkins is a Australian drummer, percussionist, educator and Handpan player.

A recent Honours graduate of the QLD Conservatorium, Lachlan is now pursuing a variety of freelance projects.

He currently performs with many musicians & ensembles incl. his own handpan project, SoundStruck, John Hoffman, Kayleigh Pincott, Sophie Min, Jordan Brodie, Ingrid James & the Baker Boys Brisbane Band.
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