Didgeridoo Down Under
Part of the APPlause! K-12 Performing Arts Series
This talented musical ensemble offers some of the most exciting Australia-themed shows, concerts and workshops in the U.S. Since 2004, the musicians have presented 6,000+ programs at schools and other venues nationwide. Its highly-acclaimed show is a unique fusion of music, culture, science, comedy, character building, anti-bullying, environmentalism and audience participation.
About the Didgeridoo
A didgeridoo is a tubular musical instrument that has been played by Aboriginal Australians for at least 1,500 years. The didgeridoo (aka didge) is known for its otherworldly sound, and is the foundation of all of our programs. Traditional didgeridoos are usually made from eucalyptus tree trunks that have been partially hollowed out by termites, then further hollowed out and crafted by man. Non-traditional didges can be made from almost any material, including other types of wood, cloth, clay, leather, metal and fiberglass. The company uses both Aboriginal-crafted and non-traditional didges.
The didgeridoo serves many purposes, especially in kids’ shows. Besides its musical role, it serves as a gateway to learning about Australia, Aboriginal culture, geography, history, science, vocabulary, literacy, character building, environmentalism and more. But perhaps most importantly, the didge’s unique and captivating sound helps connect the musicians with the audience, and opens up channels of communication. Once the group has captured its audience’s undivided attention, these messages flow powerfully and smoothly.
Run time approximately 60 minutes
- Study guide: Didgeridoo Down Under (PDF 451K)
Music and Visual Arts Educator Workshop and Tour:
Didgeridoo Down Under and Art from Down Under: Australia to New Zealand
November 2, 2018, 2:00 - 5:00pm
Turchin Center for the Visual Arts
Please contact Molly Chamness for more information and to register: 828-262-6084, ext. 102 or firstname.lastname@example.org