My name is Shlomo Calvo.
I was born and raised on the sunny beaches of Tel Aviv-Israel.
As a kid, my parents encouraged me to take piano classes.
I loved it, and couldn't wait to get home from school each day and play the piano.
As the years passed, I played it less and less and for a while,
I felt like I lost my desire for music.
It was only when I got out of the Israeli army (in Israel everybody has to serve),
that I re-found my love to music.
I still remember that day.
The year was 2005.
I was 21, traveling through India and Thailand. And had no idea what I wanna to do with my life.
Most of my time was spent on partying and dancing to Trance music.
Until one day, I was walking on the beach in goa, India.
Suddenly I heard the most amazing sound I ever heard in my life.
As I kept walking, I noticed a guy sitting by the water and playing a UFO shape like drum.
It was magical.
At that moment, I knew what I wanna do in my life.
Since that day, I dedicated my life to searching for a handpan and a few years later, I bought my first one. My life has changed forever.
In 2012 I moved to the United States.
It has always been my dream to live in this great country and I was so excited about living here.
But I had no job or no savings.
So I decided I am going to play on the street for one hour and see how much money I make.
To my great surprise I made much more money than I even hoped for.
In the next 5 years busking and playing shows have been my only way of living.
I moved to New Orleans and spent a few years there.
I always had that confident that wherever I go I could always get by and have enough means to support myself, as long as I have my handpans with me .
I was lucky enough to play with a few of the best bands in New Orleans.
We played at big bars, smaller venues and amazing festivals.
All of these I could not done without the handpan in my life.
These days i am living in Madison Wisconsin, working for Isthmus Instruments full time, surrounding myself even more with these beautiful instruments.
This is how handpan saved my life.