Demonstration of 29 Aboriginal-Made Eucalyptus Didgeridoos

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Didge Project was blessed to have access to an amazing lot of aboriginal made didgeridoos. Check them out in this video!

These didgeridoos are all currently for sale at https://didgeproject.com/product/aboriginal-made-eucalyptus-didgeridoos where you can also find dimensions, maker info and other notable details. Enjoy!

Didgeridoo Players You Should Know (Top Ten)

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This is the first article in a 2-part series on The Didgeridoo Players You Should Know. Click here for Part II.

This list of didgeridoo players is by no means complete but it is an overview of those who have most influenced me and the Didge Project community. Every person on this list has done a great deal to spread the awareness of the didgeridoo and Didge Project would not be what it is without their contributions.

Without further ado we present Didgeridoo Players You Should Know:

1Djalu Gurruwiwi

Custodian of the yirdaki (didgeridoo) amongst the Yolngu people of Northern Australia, Djalu Gurruwiwi is perhaps the best known elder of the didgeridoo world. Djalu and his family are greatly responsible for bridging aboriginal culture with the western world. As didgeridoo maker for the first internationally touring aboriginal band, Yothu-Yindi, interest in Djalu’s instruments grew. With the rise of internet communications, it became well known amongst didgeridoo players that a Djalu-made instrument is one of the finest instruments you can get.

Documentary on Djalu:

Check out Djalu’s official website

2Ondrej Smeykal

A one-man didgeridoo orchestra is perhaps the best way of describing the extraordinary music of Ondrej Smeykal. His highly original style of playing is the result of a life completely devoted to his instrument. For well over two decades and with ever increasing intensity, Ondrej has been developing and redefining his own unique approach to the didgeridoo. Each composition, or song, as he refers to it, is very different in style, ranging from break-beat and organic Didgeridoo techno, to trance, ambient and anything in between.

In the last years Ondrej has shared and taught his contemporary Didgeridoo style and philosophy at festivals all around the world. His tours have brought him regularly out of his homeland of Prague in the Czech Republic to Japan, Australia, Canada, USA, UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary and Ukraine. Ondrej is known to experiment with materials to make didgeridoos with. He has been noted for his use of glass and metal instruments and has developed a series of crystal didgeridoos, which he created together with traditional Czech glass masters.

This is one of my favorite didge videos ever:

Visit Ondrej Smeykal’s Official Website

3Ganga Giri

 

Australian born Ganga Giri followed a childhood dream of being one of the top didgeridoo players and now tours the world performing as the leader of his own band. Ganga creates a modern sound by mixing indigenous Australian music with funky rhythms and dance beats. Deeply inspired by the sacredness of Australia’s land and how that feeling can be expressed through the didgeridoo, he has become an ambassador for his country, offering a reflection of contemporary multicultural Australia to a world-wide audience.

Visit Ganga Giri’s Official Website

4David Hudson

David Hudson’s life reflects his love and belief in Aboriginal culture and he is widely known as the Cultural Journeyman of Australia. David comes from the Ewamin (oo-rah-min)/Western Yalangi (people of the north east coast of Australia) and has made a career as a didgeridoo player and performing artist. 

David has traveled extensively throughout Australia and the World, including Europe, Asia, Oceania and the USA as both a solo artist and with world renowned dance troupe, “Tjapukai”, which he co-founded with Greek composer Yanni. He promotes awareness of Aboriginal culture and tradition wherever he travels. This video shows David Hudson in many of his public appearances over a long career in the arts:

Visit David Hudson’s Official Website

5Mark Atkins

 

Mark Atkins is an Australian Aboriginal musician known for his skill on the didgeridoo and is also a storyteller, songwriter, composer and painter. He descends from the Yamatji people of Western Australia. He has worked with Robert Plant and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, Hothouse Flowers, Philip Glass, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. In 2001 he collaborated with Wurundjeri elder Joy Murphy Wandin and composer Philip Glass in the concert work Voices, performed at the Melbourne Town Hall and New York’s Lincoln Center. The composition was commissioned by the City of Melbourne to relaunch the Melbourne Town Hall Organ. This video exemplifies Mark’s storytelling, composition and didgeridoo talents:

Visit Mark Atkins’ Official Website

6Xavier Rudd

 

One of Australia’s most prolific touring artists, Xavier Rudd has built a worldwide following by combining the didgeridoo with his expert guitar and percussion work in a full band setting. Equally talented as a singer and songwriter, Xavier has a number of popular songs in Australia and Canada and he is actively building a catalog of recordings, music videos and festival appearances. Check out his one-man-band action in this spectacular performance (around the 3 minute mark):

Visit Xavier Rudd’s Official Website

7William Thoren

A man of many talents, William Thoren is a didgeridoo performer and craftsman best known for inventing the Multi Drone didgeridoo and pioneering it’s playing technique. This new breed of didgeridoo makes it possible to play an expanded dynamic range and opens up a new world of possibility for didgeridoo players to collaborate with western instruments. William runs wetdidgeridoo.com which includes instructional videos and information about the Multi Drone technique and other advanced contemporary didgeridoo techniques. He tours extensively teaching workshops on didgeridoo and performing both as a solo artist and with the band Gorangutang. William is also a prolific photographer and traveled extensively to develop his “Didgeridoo World” photo gallery at http://www.williamthoren.com/.

This video explains the Multi Drone technique and shows the instrument in action

Visit William Thoren’s Official Site

8Shibaten

A self-proclaimed busker who has a prolific video catalog of performances around the world, Japan’s Shibaten has redefined what it means to be a traveling minstrel. Shibaten has been seen playing djembe, guitar, gongs, bells and many other world instruments simultaneously with the didgeridoo, during his live performances. His music ranges from deep meditative sound baths to high-energy get-the-crowd-dancing music. Watch and see what he’s like when he really gets going:


Visit Shibaten’s Official Website

9Zalem Delarbre

French artist Zalem is one of my favorite didgeridoo players because he is equally talented at playing fast complex rhythms, beat-boxing and playing other unique styles. Zalem began to play the didgeridoo in 2001 and first started with a wobble-based style of playing and progressively developed his own style with his rock and electro-rock influences. He has been a part of many successful collaborations including the band JMPZ (rock/electro/tribal), Wadhom (hang drum, violin and dance), Tribal Dance (acoustic trance from Israel), Vibration Visuelle (a duet with Bertox, magician/juggler), Zalyshar (duet with Yshar, tribal fusion dancer) and Milanga, an electro-ethnic band with sitar, heavy beats, singing and dance. In 2010 Zalem released his first solo didgeridoo album entirely acoustic. His constant research for didgeridoo possibilities led him to a new style which he calls “Didgstep”. This video exemplifies Zalem’s many talents:

Visit Zalem’s Official Website

10Stephen Kent

Didgeridoo veteran Stephen Kent has lived all over the world and became a didgeridoo player when living in Australia and scoring music for Circus Oz. He has since relocated to San Francisco, CA and is very active as a recording artist and performer with over twenty two album credits to his name. Stephen is a member of international touring group Baraka Moon, a mix of Sufi chant, trance grooves, didge and drums.

Visit Stephen Kent’s Official Website

Honorable Mentions

I hope to write more on the many talented didge players who are out there. Until then, here are some more great players worth checking out:

Dubravko Lapaine (Croatia)
Tyler Spencer (Oregon, USA)
Joseph Carringer (New Hampshire, USA)
Jeremy Cloake (New Zealand)
Jeremy Donovan (Australia)
William Barton (Australia)
Chad Butler (Oregon, USA)
Lewis Walker (Australia)
Gauthier (France)
Termite (Russia)
Mack Yidaki (Chile)
Si Mullumby (Wild Marmalade, Australia)
Ash Dargan (Australia)
Ian Hesford (Telesma, Maryland, USA)
Blake Noble (Australia)
Dan Flynn (USA)

Is someone missing from this list? Email us and let us know.

Photos by William Thoren

Sound Healer Training: Working with the Sounds of the Four Elements – Live in NYC and Online, June 2-4, 2023

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Join Dream Seed for an intensive journey into using sound for transformation and healing with a special focus on working with the sounds of the four elements: air, fire, water and earth. At this weekend-long workshop we will study what each element represents, its connection with the cycles of life, its associations with the mind, heart, soul and body, and how to use sound and music to evoke the elemental powers. Participants will gain hands-on experience in using sound for healing and well-being, receive training in a variety of sound healing modalities and will walk away with the skills and knowledge to be able to incorporate sound into healing sessions and meditative environments.

Photos from our last Sound Healer Training:

We will work with instruments, the voice and sounds from around the world to develop a relationship with sound as a practice for developing consciousness, meditation, deep relaxation, healing, and prayer. Throughout the course of this training, we will focus on various exercises to learn more about sound healing through intention setting, listening, giving, receiving, and developing our intuition in relationship to sound.

Participants will receive a certificate upon completion of the course.

 

Event Details

Location: Golden Drum, 97 Green St. #G1, Brooklyn, NY 12428

Time/Date:

Friday, June 2, 7:30-9:30pm Opening & Sound Journey with Dream Seed

Saturday, June 3, 10-5pm Sound Healer Training workshop

Sunday, June 4, 10-5pm Sound Healer Training workshop

Online Participants: Broadcast Available via Zoom Meeting

Registration and more info here

What is sound healing and what is it used for?

 

Sound is our essence. We are vibration. Sound is one of the prominent medicines of the Aquarian Age. The world is waking up to “new age” therapies rooted in sound and vibration that are in fact ancient. Sound rituals have been an integral part of indigenous and spiritual traditions and cultures worldwide for thousands of years. In every indigenous culture, it is deeply understood that sound is an essential element of creation and well-being. Today, science is catching up to this understanding and sound is growing as a mainstream therapeutic practice for consciousness, healing, and wellbeing.

About Dream Seed

 

Dream Seed is a sound healing collective created by members of Golden Drum, Sacred Arts Research Foundation, and Didge Project. As students of Maestro Manuel Rufino, the members of Dream Seed are dedicated to the study and preservation of the sacred traditions of humanity and the continued exploration of sound as a healing modality of the Aquarian Age. Dream Seed studies and works with indigenous and traditional elders, continuously seeking to expand their knowledge of sound and healing as universal methods of cultivating harmony, peace, and well-being.

 

Members of Dream Seed conducting the Sound Healer Training include Brooke Gillespie, AJ Block, Matt Canale, Xango Shola, Jerry Walsh, Ixchel Prisma, Nicole Adriana Casanova, Mateusz Bazgier, Michael Fisher & Hannah Apollonia. Visit Dream Seed on the web at: http://dreamseedsound.com/

Didgeridoo Rhythm Training: Live in Brooklyn, NY, April 21-22

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Join Didge Project’s AJ Block and Jerry Walsh and the host of It’s All About Rhythm, Kevin Nathaniel, for an intensive journey into didgeridoo playing, rhythm, sound healing and music. The didgeridoo is a world music instrument that can be used in a number of contexts, including dance, meditation, sound healing, and more! In this training you will learn many ways to use the didgeridoo with a special focus on learning rhythms that can induce trance and can be played with other musicians. The Didgeridoo Rhythm Training is an in-person event with a live broadcast option for remote participants.

Sample didgeridoo rhythm training video from Didge Project’s AJ Block:

Sample rhythm training video from It’s All About Rhythm with Kevin Nathaniel (try clapping along):

Participants will learn how to:

  • Use the didgeridoo in a sound healing context
  • Play rhythmically with other musicians
  • Apply rhythms from Africa, Latin America and the Middle-East to the didgeridoo and other instruments
  • Play in different meters (e.g., 3, 4 and 6 beat patterns).
  • Make the basic sounds on didgeridoo and combine them into different rhythm patterns
  • Circular breathe on didgeridoo in a rhythmic way
  • Utilize the drone as a musical element
  • Utilize the voice within the didgeridoo sound
  • Hold a steady beat that can bring listeners into states of trance or deep relaxation
  • Beatbox with the didgeridoo

Included in the Didgeridoo Rhythm Training (all events at Golden Drum):

  • Admission to the Didgeridoo-Infused Sound Bath on Friday, April 21
  • Admission to the full day of workshops with AJ Block (6 hours) and Kevin Nathaniel (2 hours) on Saturday, April 22
  • Video recordings of all workshops on Saturday, April 22
  • Lifetime access to the Didgeridoo Skills Course for Intermediate Level Players, a 9-hour video course published by Didge Project ($67 value)
  • Lifetime access to the It’s All About Rhythm video course with Kevin Nathaniel ($67 value)For remote participants: livestream access to all workshops with AJ Block and Kevin Nathaniel on Saturday, April 22

This class is available in-person at Golden Drum in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, via live streaming video from anywhere around the world, and as a video course recording (excluding the Friday night sound bath) with indefinite replay.

Didgeridoos will be available for use and didgeridoos and other instruments will be available for sale.

Register at goldendrum.org

Schedule:

Friday, April 21

  • 7:30 to 9:30pm: Didgeridoo-Infused Sound Bath

Saturday, April 22

  • 10am to 1pm: Didgeridoo Workshop with AJ Block and Jerry Walsh
  • Lunch break
  • 2:30 to 4:30pm: Rhythm Workshop with Kevin Nathaniel
  • 5pm to 8pm: Didgeridoo Workshop with AJ Block and Jerry Walsh

Suggested donation:

  • $250 in-person (no one turned away for lack of funds)
  • $180 online broadcast (does not include sound bath on Friday night)

*Note: The Didgeridoo-Infused Sound Bath and the Rhythm Workshop with Kevin Nathaniel are also open to participants who do not attend the full Didgeridoo Rhythm Training. See goldendrum.org for the individual event listings.

Location: Golden Drum, 97 Green St., Brooklyn, NY 11222

Sound Healer Training in NYC with Dream Seed, March 25, 2023

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The Sound Healer Training with Dream Seed will provide participants with hands-on experience using sound for healing and well-being. Participants will receive training in a variety of sound healing modalities and will walk away with the skills and knowledge to be able to incorporate sound into healing sessions and meditative environments. We will work with instruments, the voice and sounds from around the world to develop a relationship with sound as a practice for developing consciousness, meditation, deep relaxation, healing, and prayer.

 

Throughout the course of this training, we will focus on various exercises to learn more about sound healing through intention setting, listening, giving, receiving, and developing our intuition in relationship to sound. Participants are encouraged but not required to bring their own sound healing instruments. Tibetan and crystal bowls, gongs, shakers, chimes, shamanic drums, and other instruments from around the world will be available for participants to utilize and a variety of sound-healing instruments will also be available for sale.

 

 

Event Details

Location: Golden Drum, 97 Green St. #G1, Brooklyn, NY 12428

Time/Date: Saturday, March 25, 10am-8pm. (Optional sound bath the night of Friday, March 24 is not included with registration).

Registration and more info: https://www.goldendrum.org/calendar-1/dreamseed-january102023-27gs9-778s9

What is sound healing and what is it used for?

Souned is our essence. We are vibration. Sound is one of the prominent medicines of the Aquarian Age. The world is waking up to “new age” therapies rooted in sound and vibration that are in fact ancient. Sound rituals have been an integral part of indigenous and spiritual traditions and cultures worldwide for thousands of years. In every indigenous culture, it is deeply understood that sound is an essential element of creation and well-being. Today, science is catching up to this understanding and sound is growing as a mainstream therapeutic practice for consciousness, healing, and wellbeing.

About Dream Seed

 

Dream Seed is a sound healing collective created by members of Golden Drum, Sacred Arts Research Foundation, and Didge Project. As students of Maestro Manuel Rufino, the members of Dream Seed are dedicated to the study and preservation of the sacred traditions of humanity and the continued exploration of sound as a healing modality of the Aquarian Age. Dream Seed studies and works with indigenous and traditional elders, continuously seeking to expand their knowledge of sound and healing as universal methods of cultivating harmony, peace, and well-being.

 

Members of Dream Seed conducting the Sound Healer Training include Brooke Gillespie, AJ Block, Matt Canale, Xango Shola, Jerry Walsh, Ixchel Prisma, Nicole Adriana Casanova, Mateusz Bazgier, Michael Fisher & Hannah Apollonia. Visit Dream Seed on the web at: http://dreamseedsound.com/

Tito La Rosa plays The Heaven & Earth Bamboo Drone Flute

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The Heaven & Earth Flute is a double-ended bamboo drone flute. The drone comes out the upper half while the melody notes come out the lower half. This flute was invented by Omar La Rosa of La Rosa Flutes. For more details about the Heaven & Earth Flute and ordering info click here. 

Tito La Rosa is a descendant of Quechua Indians of the Peruvian Andes. For many years, he has been recovering and preserving, studying and intuiting the ancestral music of Peru. He is also a Curandero de Sonido, a sound healer, who enters into an altered state to bring forth sound that elevates, allowing for healing and balance to occur. Ancient Andean wisdom teaches us that the earth was made while the creator sang, thus all beings are made of sound, rhythm and harmony. Through his concerts, flower ceremonies and music classes La Rosa helps reawaken our memories (memoria antigua) – weaving sounds into frequencies that open the heart and encourage the spirit to soar.

Special thanks to Golden Drum or making this video possible.

The Charango: A Powerful Little 10-String Wonder from the Andes

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The charango is a wonder in that it can create an abundance of textures, and can be played by the most beginner of musicians up to virtuoso level performers. Evolving out of the fusion of European string instruments with the sounds of the Americas, the charango is one of the most iconic sounds of South America, and for good reason. Check out our video demo of the charango and pick one up in the Didge Project store.

Awesome Pan Drums: Mutant Handpans, Wooden Hamgam, The Best Small Tongue Drum & more!

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In this new collection of pan drums, we review and compare some exciting innovations. Included in this video:

Tacta Handpans C# Harmonic Minor 16 Mutant

Hamgam by Majid Drums

Meinl Sonic Energy Octave Steel Tongue Drums in D Kurd and D Amara (best deal on tongue drums)

RAV Pan F Romanian Hijaz

Handpan Player T-Shirt

It’s All About Rhythm Interactive Concert Experience with Kevin Nathaniel

Kevin Nathaniel is an incredible artist with many years of teaching experience. He specializes in bringing people together through music using voice, dance, and many instruments. Kevin’s informative and creative workshops always bring people together to help cultivate rhythm skills while having fun. We currently book these interactive concerts and would love to bring this offering to you and your community.

This video, recorded at Tribal Rhythms Gathering 2017, is a sample of Kevin Nathaniel’s It’s All About Rhythm – Interactive Concert Experience. For booking, contact: [email protected]

*Learn Rhythm Basics at home with the It’s All About Rhythm video course: https://www.didgeproject.com/rhythm/

It’s All About Rhythm is a method for learning to play rhythms and improve timing for musicians of all levels. Hosted by Afro-roots musician Kevin Nathaniel, the It’s All About Rhythm Introductory Course covers a wide array of rhythms from the most basic three and four counts up to complex claves and syncopated patterns in 8, 12 and 16 count cycles, and more.

This class is for you if you want to improve your sense of rhythm and timing, to play better with other musicians, and to take your music to a higher level.

As you go through the exercises in this course, you can clap, step your feet, sing and even dance to the various patterns. As these patterns become more and more complex, you will become more and more rhythmic yourself.

“The material in It’s All About Rhythm has to do with rhythms that you could easily apply to any instrument and also to your voice. Whatever instrument, whatever field of music you are involved in, this kind of study is a common denominator.” –Kevin Nathaniel

For booking, contact: [email protected]

The Monolina Monochord is a Must-Hear Drone Harp (20 min. sound journey)

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Check out our most recent Sound Healing Journey with members of Shamanic Sound Ensemble Dream Seed; featuring the magical Monolina Monochord!

We are so excited to welcome The Monolina Monochord to the Didge Project store. This incredible drone harp is extremely resonant and creates an etherial space wherever it is played.

The Monolina Monochord is a beautiful instrument that helps cultivate intuition, harmony in singing, and a relaxing sound that is perfect for any sound healing meditation. The Monochord is a musical instrument consisting of a single string stretched over a calibrated sound box and having a movable bridge. This instrument combines energizing overtones with the deeper tones of an octave and fifth tuning.

The monochord is an ancient scientific and musical instrument, invented in Greece in c. 500 BC, used for the investigation and demonstration of musical phenomena.

The Monolina Monochord is perfect for sound healing, vocalization, and creating different energies and frequencies into a space. It can help promote relaxation and meditative states in the player and audience, making it a great addition to any healer’s toolkit. See how this instrument speaks to you and unlock your own intuitive gifts with this magnificent instrument. Enjoy the sound journey!

Get your Monolina Monochord today!

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