Introduction to the Playing the Didgeridoo

with Daniel Orlansky, Charles Coe, and Jacob Guggenheim

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 | 7:00 – 9:00 PM
For ages 8 and older | Tuition: $25 |  Register Now!

The Australian aboriginal didgeridoo is one of the oldest musical instruments in the world. Said to produce higher states of awareness and trance, anthropologists say it may have been used in aboriginal rituals as early as 40,000 years ago. Circular breathing (breathing in and out at the same time), and a variety of vocal and tonguing techniques allow the player to produce a rich drone, full of overtones and countless textures, with many rhythmic elements. The emphasis on the full and supported breath give playing the didgeridoo all the benefits of breath therapy; indeed playing the instrument has helped or even cured asthma and sleep apnea.

In this workshop, students will be introduced to the fundamental techniques of the didgeridoo which include producing the basic drone, manipulations of the fundamental note, and taking the first steps towards circular breathing. Plastic “starter” didgeridoos will be provided. All ages and abilities are welcome.

Daniel Orlansky has been playing the the didgeridoo for 25 years both in America and Europe. He has performed in many locations, notably at Berkley College of Music, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Boston Jazz Festival, the Cambridge River Festival, and for the Boston Ballet and many local dance companies. In 2018 he was the guest soloist with the Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra, in the Boston premier of “Concerto for Didgeridoo”.

He will be assisted by Charles Coe, a poet, teacher of writing and a musician, and Jacob Guggenheim, whom, after visiting Australia fell in love with the didgeridoo, and has been playing, studying and enjoying it ever since.