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Daniel Giordani is a handpan player, percussionist, rhythm pedagogue and author. Together with his partner Yela Brodesser, he heads the "Rhytmotop – Institute for Rhythm Experience" in the Austrian Waldviertel.

He was born in Bolzano/South Tyrol in 1977 and studied cultural and social anthropology at the University of Vienna with a focus on ethnomusicology. During numerous research and study trips to West Africa, he learned the Djembe. Further travels to North Africa, India and Central America gave him an insight into many other percussion music styles. In recent years, the handpan has become more and more the main instrument.

For many years he has been a member of various bands and music projects and gives workshops and training seminars for children, young people, adults, educators, etc.


  • Studies of Cultural and Social Anthropology at the University of Vienna with a focus on ethnomusicology
  • Djembe with Koungbana Konde, Fadouba Oulare, Famoudou Konate, Billy Konate, Bafode Soumah, Mansa Camio, Drissa Kone.
  • Introduction to the tabla and rhythm of North India by Savani Talvalkar - Pune.
  • Introduction to the Mrindangam, Kanjira, Konnakol and the rhythm of South India by Ganesh Kumar - Madras.
  • Further training with Guem, Glen Velez (Framedrum), Lori Cotler (Konnakol), Hadi Alizadeh (Daff and Oriental Rhythmics), Christian Martinek (Batá and Afro-Cuban Rhythmics), David Kuckhermann (Handpan)
  • Additional training in Huna-Reiki, sound massage, Touch for Health, Kalarippayat, etc.m.