Thursday, September 11, 2008
Saturday September 20th
Todos Santo Plaza
Downtown - Concord, California
This isn't necessarily just a didgeridoo event, but one of our customers is participating and wanted to help support them. Looks like it should be a fun outing so bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the afternoon listening to music including didgeridoo playing.
For more information visit www.californiasymphony.org
For didgeridooo and didgeridoo gear visit www.laoutback.com
Monday, August 4, 2008
The didjeridu jam session was the third event of a monthly meeting of didj players at every skill level, getting together to play, visit and share pointers on playing the didgeridoo. The session was held on July 26th, 2008 and will hopefully be an ongoing monthly event there as long as The Neighborhood Cup coffee house is willing to have it there.
Karen was kind enough to invite LA Outback down to help out with some beginner players that were going to be attending. Both Barry and I were very excited to participate and see some familiar faces.
We've set up a gallery of his images in Flickr to share with those interested in checking out the afternoon of good coffee and didgeridoo vibes.
Check out the Didgeridoo Jam gallery in Flicker
Visit www.laoutback.com to see our selection of Australian Aboriginal didgeridoos
Thursday, July 17, 2008
News from the Associated Press for July 15, 2008
Okay, I know this on the surface doesn't appear to have anything to do with didgeridoo, and I'm in no way endorsing the Catholic relegion, but when I read into the article I noticed a quote from Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. Rudd addressed the crowd by acknowledged the Aborigines as Australia's original owners and read welcomes to pilgrims in various languages, including Italian, French, Korean, the Philippines' Tagalog and Bahasa Indonesia. This is a continuing extension of good will after his "Sorry Day" speach earlier this year in which he acknowledged the wrong doings of the Australian government in their handling of the countries indigenous people.
Aborigines in traditional clothing and white body paint danced and chanted to the strains of a didgeridoo. I'm trying to find out who the didj player was just out of curiosity so if any one knows pass the word on.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
1st - 3rd August 2008
Tapeley Park, Instow, Devon
Just ran across this didgeridoo festival site online and wanted to make a post about it. For those of you over in the UK or Europe there's still time to pick up your favorite didgeridoo and make the trek.
Here's a brief excerpt from their site:
"The aim of the festival, past and present, is to bring to the public the best of new UK and World didgeridoo music in all its forms.
Looks like they are going to have some pretty cool players this year including Frank Heinkel, Mike Edwards, Kev Howard, Dubravko Lapaine and many more.
Visit the official DidjHead Radio Festival site for more information at www.anticfestivals.co.uk
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Ron Crose from Austin Texas
Ron has earned respect among both the didgeridoo and world music communities. He has a true gift of playing the didj and has a tremendious passion for sharing the traditions of the didjeridu.
He has performed in numerous music festivals, taught at elementary schools, shared the stage or studio with many musicians, and loves to share his knowledge by holding workshops, classes.
He offers group classes, workshops, and private lessons which are offered throughout the year in the Austin, Texas area and are to be announced.
To visit Ron Crose's website click here
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
For those of you out there wishing to learn how to create those unique animal sounds on your didgeridoo we just posted this great video on Youtube to give you some ideas. Ryka demonstrates Bookaburra, Dingo, Kangaroo, Crocodile, Boomerang and more. This is should give you some basic ideas that you can apply to your didgeridoo to accent your basic drone. Remember it's all about your own unique ideas and playing style so just have fun and let your mind and mouth create some great new sounds.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Courtesy of radiologist "Not Totally Rad's" Blog
This clinical trial by Puhan et al was conducted in Switzerland, far from this ancient instrument's origin in Australia. Somehow the authors were able to convince 25 Swiss patients with sleep apnea to play the didgeridoo. Fourteen of these 25 played the instrument for 4 months, while the 11 controls were placed on a waiting list. The bottom line:
Regular playing of a didgeridoo reduces daytime sleepiness and snoring in people with moderate obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome and also improves the sleep quality of partnersAs a radiologist, I spend most of my work days up to my clavicles in high-tech equipment. I therefore relish all the more avocations, such as folk music and hiking, that I can enjoy with low tech gear far from the power grid. Therefore, it's a pleasing thought that a $94 plastic didgeridoo might replace a $1500 CPAP machine in some patients.
Severity of disease, expressed by the apnoea-hypopnoea index, is also substantially reduced after four months of didgeridoo playing
On another note, perhaps Switzerland is not such an unlikely place for this particular clinical trial at all. If anything, people who have already been playing alphorns for the past 1,800 years should be naturals at the didgeridoo.
For more information on didgeridoos contact www.laoutback.com
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
We all thought it would be cool for him to take the style called "Walkabout", which only seemed appropriate, and take some photos along the way to document it's travels, or walkabout.
We've set up a gallery of his images in Flickr to share with those interested in seeing Pablo and the didj on their journey. See Pablo travel from the pyramids of Luxor to the canals of Venice with his trusty didj in tow.
Check out the Walkabout Didgeridoo gallery in Flicker
Visit www.laoutback.com to see our didjs including the Walkabout
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
This fest is located in Schlossberg, Austria and is coming late summer. The Didgeridoo Festival has been going on since 2000 and judging from the photos on their site, it looks like a pretty wild time. Unfortunately both the offical site and their Myspace pages are written in German so I can't tell you a whole lot about them, but you can at least get an idea of the vibe they have built for you to enjoy.
So if you plan on being in Europe come August 23rd, make sure to pack your didgeridoo and join them in the festivities.
For more information visit wither the official webpage www.didgeridoo-festival.at
Or check out their Myspace Page www.myspace.com/didgeridoo_festival
For information on US didgeridoo festivals visit our site www.laoutback.com
Monday, June 16, 2008
The disc includes some amazing atmospheres that accompany Stephen's dynamic didgeridoo playing. There are some really unusual sounds that flow through out which make for nice surprises and the pieces develop. For those looking for more of Stephen's unique solo style, this disc has a number of pieces that you'll love as well.
To hear an MP3 sample or to purchase Stephen Kent's Living Labyrinths visit www.laoutback.com
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Here is the second solo didgeridoo piece that Mike Jackson played while visiting LA Outback. This piece is titled Steam Train which was named by some friends of his in Europe for it's fast paced, highly rhythmic playing style.Mike is a pretty amazing didgeridoo player and we're thrilled to be able to showcase this video which was shot back in the LA Outback tiki hut. He's played didj all over Australia at various festivals and clubs, but mid 2008 was his first time ever to the USA. His visit here included stops in Seattle and Denver as well where he performed, gave lectures and workshops. We're hoping to get Mike and his band Didgeridoo Dingo back in 2009 for the Australia Fair LA festival we'll be throwing here in Los Angeles.
To purchase Mike's didgeridoo solo CD visit www.laoutback.com
Friday, June 13, 2008
Karl released his debut recording "Terra Nova" back in 2000, a self produced work featuring 10 cuts written and arranged in Karl's studio. A piece from the album called "Nocturne" is currently represented in his playlist but it appears he'll be rotating his works to keep the set fresh, so keep checking in to see what new works might be represented. Karl's site also features some of the didjs he's crafted from native hardwoods.
Karl's music incorporates beautiful piano melodies with grand washes of strings, didgeridoo and percussion. His work accented by is very cinematic and inspire great landscapes of far off lands. My favorites are "History" and "Outbound".
Check out Karl's work at www.myspace.com/karlkalbaugh
For more didj music visit www.laoutback.com
Mike Jackson visited us here at LA Outback a week ago for a weekend didj series including performance, lecture and workshop. Mike is an accomplished and well respected didgeridoo player from the Blue Mountains just west of Sydney and has been playing didgeridoo for over 10 years. When he's not playing didgeridu solo, he's performing with his band or working as an archaeologist in search of ancient Aboriginal sites near his home.
For those who were unable to attend the events LA Outback hosted for Mike, we will be posting them on Youtube and sharing them with you here on our blog. This will include excerpts from the performance and his solo presentations of "Control Freak" and "Steam Train".
For more information on didgeridoo related happenings, check out the events page at www.laoutback.com for more information or stay tuned to our blog.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
The 8th annual JT Didgefest is an International gathering of the didgeridoo community. Didgeridoo players and performers, hand drummers, and anyone interested in indigenous music from around the world are encouraged to attend. Concerts, lessons and workshops are scheduled throughout all the days. Vendors will also be on hand offering some of the best instruments and handcrafted wares available.
August 15, 16 & 17th 2008
49522 Road 426
Oakhurst, CA. 93644
Thursday, May 29, 2008
This is a cool animated video our buddy Kristian Benton that I just ran across on Youtube. Kristian created this work to promote a cut from his latest didgeridoo CD Spirit Alive. The song is a beautiful melody for didgeridoo, guitar and vocals and the video incorporates images of Aboriginal paintings, the natural surroundings near his home and other Australian icons.
Kristian is such a talented guy not only as a musician, but also a crafter of fine highly sought after didgeridoos (also known as yidaki). We're always happy to do what we can to support him in anyway we can and had the pleasure of meeting up with Kristian Benton and his wife while visiting Bellingen, Australia back in 2006.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
"When I talk about the history of the didgeridoo, I'm talking about the awareness of non-Aboriginal people of an instrument. The greater history is really only known by a relatively small number of people - the traditional owners. The traditional owners history is far older and can not be told by outsiders. It perhaps can be told to outsiders, but not by them. This is because the culture the didgeridoo comes from has its own way of keeping history and of passing on information. Our way is different, and in that different way I can only speak of what has been reported about the instrument since knowledge of it spread beyond the safe keeping of the traditional owners.
Information about the didgeridoo came to the world in stages or "waves."
Friday, May 23, 2008
"Pacific Night", A Gala hosted by The Australian Enbassy at The National Geographic Society
ASH DARGAN's "TERRITORY: Journeys into Aboriginal Dreamtime"
Embassy of Australia
1601 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington DC 20036
Kennett Square/West Chester County area
To schedule or request individual or small group workshops and lessons with ASH DARGAN
PHONE: 610.444.6333 firstname.lastname@example.org
Nederland, CO - West of Boulder, CO
Benefit Concert to support Grandmother Moon and Shooting Star Lodges
Registration: Marie at 303-258-9263
or e-mail: email@example.com
July or August, 2008
Ft. Collins, CO
IN NATURE , new live solo performance
Friday Evening “After Hours” Courtyard Concerts
Ft Collins Museum, 5-7 p.m.
2—Mathews St. ( 2 blocks from Old Town, In Library Square)
Info and tickets: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 970.221.9768
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
The annual Barunga Festival is held in this remote Aboriginal community over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend and is one of the major and longest-running Indigenous community festivals in the Northern Territory. The festival showcases contemporary indigenous musicians, including didgeridoo players, from the Territory in a battle-of-the-bands event on the Saturday night and a full concert on the Sunday with some of the Territory’s top indigenous bands. There’s also a sports program that runs throughout the weekend and attracts participants from remote communities throughout the Territory.
Cultural activities include traditional didjeridu workshops and performances, traditional dance, arts and crafts demonstrations and exhibitions, bush tucker tastings and spear throwing are all regular elements of the festival. You can purchase art direct from the local artists.
Visitors can camp in the community during the alcohol-free festival and interact with residents who will share their stories and culture.
Friday, May 16, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
12:00 PM to Midnight
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
Our Myspace didgeridoo page, combined with LA Outback's Didgeridoo blog, when fully underway, will hopefully be your way to connect. You'll be able track down other didj payers in your area, find a didjeridu instructor or find out about the latest didj happenings. We are always getting didjeridu players asking us if we know how to connect them with other didjers and with the broad scope of Myspace and the blogging community, this should be the perfect way to do it!
And if you have a MySpace site, let's take the time to add each other as friends!
Friday, May 9, 2008
Jake tells us, "I have been playing didjeridu since I was 11 years old. I feel deeply privileged to have met some amazing people and didge players through this instrument and wish to thank them for being so open to sharing with me their techniques, advice, friendship, and support." Congrats, Jake, and I love the title as well.
Listen to and buy the Jake Duncan CD Sound Triggers Memory here!
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Tjupurru from Brisbane, Australia, blew into L.A. last week for gigs at The House of Blues and Temple Bar, as well as a guest spot on renowned radio stations KCRW and Indy106. Tjupurru plays the Didjeribone with electronic effects and is a protege of Charlie McMahon, the instrument's inventor. Tjupurru is a helluva nice fella with a big personality and he really grooves on stage which gets everyone up and dancing. Watch a high quality video of his KCRW gig.
Lastly, I've just put a phat pile of new didgeridoos on the site so have a look. There's some truly rare ones as well. We currently have nearly 300 eucalyptus didgeridoos in stock so let us know if you're looking for something not listed on our website. And if you live here in southern California stop by and try 'em all!
Their first annual gathering will be held July 11th, 12th, and 13th, 2008. Festivities will be located at the stunningly beautiful Robert H. Treman State Park in Ithaca, New York. You will have the opportunity to meet other didgeridoo and drum enthusiasts, participate in workshops, listen to concerts in a modern pavilion, browse arts and crafts, and enjoy many outdoor activities such as hiking, swimming, and fishing.
For additional didgeridoo events check out LA Outback's events page.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
3:00 to 4:00 PM
Classes are held at L.A.Outback's canyon home located up on "Dingo Mountain" in Studio City, CA.
Visit www.laoutback.com for more info.
August 8, 9, 10, 2008
This is the oldest and most gracious gathering of didgeridoo players and beautiful spirits in the U.S.
Hosted by Chad Butler and his family in Oregon. It's all about community.
Where: Private land in Scio, Oregon
Admission: Free, but please reserve ahead.
Concert: Saturday, May 31
6:30 PM Reception
7:00 PM Mike's Rock Art Digital Slde Show
8:00 PM Concert
Advanced Playing Workshop: Sunday, June 1
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Not for beginners, this workshop is for those that are ready to discover the secrets of speed, structure, and articulation. Limited to 15 people.