John Hamm Performing Arts Series: Didge Evolution
Didge Evolution, a multi-media performance by didgeridoo players Rob Thomas and Tanya Gerard at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 in the chapel.
Didge Evolution is a musical project created by master didgeridoo players Rob Thomas and Tanya Gerard. Didge Evolution takes the audience on a musical journey to the Australian Outback, coastal rainforests and beyond. The didgeridoo, usually a hollow tree trunk, has been played by Aboriginal people for at least 1,500 years and is known for its otherworldly sound. Didge Evolution plays a modern style, mixing fast-paced rhythms with relaxing soundscapes and organic sound effects.
Rob & Tanya use a dazzling multimedia display to enhance the experience. Rob & Tanya are true didgeridoo pioneers in the United States, having played and made didges for more than 20 years. They’ve performed throughout the country, recorded several CDs, and have produced music for numerous films including the IMAX movie Sacred Planet. They are founding members of the legendary tribal-trance project “Inlakesh", and their breakthrough album The Gathering inspired a generation of didgeridoo enthusiasts. They are active performers in theaters, festivals, colleges and K-12 schools throughout the United States and have pioneered a program for K-12 entitled Didgeridoo Down Under, integratrating high-energy music with cross-curricular teaching, comedy, character building, anti-bullying, environmentalism and audience participation. They encourage young people to learn to play didges as part of their outreach.