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Didjeribone Music Workshop

Curriculum Relevance:
Aboriginal Studies & Torres Strait Island Studies.
Music: Cultural and Contemporary. Science: Electronics.

Only available to students who have seen the Didjeribone show, this lively and fun hands-on workshop has been produced from the Australian Curriculum, Cross Curriculum Priority - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures and STEM education. In this engaging hour, Tjupurru combines intimate knowledge of his heritage and culture with his passion for ancient sounds and modern technologies as he involves all participants to produce truly amazing music.

Course Content

  • The history and cultural associations with the didgeridoo.
  • The scope of the didjeribone and its range of possibilities.
  • Circular breathing techniques that can be used when playing many instruments.
  • Exploring looping technology that can be used to bring out the full potential of these amazing instruments.
  • Demonstration of the Face Bass - a unique seismic sensor invented specifically for the modern didgeridoo player.
  • Live demonstrations of sequencing and sampling technologies to blend elements of the traditional and contemporary - including Tjupurru’s newest electronic musical innovation he calls Tappaware.
  • For an additional cost of $250, Tjupurru can include a VOX Lil LOOPER, which your school will keep and integrate into your own music program.

Tjupurru is a descendant of the Djabera Djabera Tribe of the Western Australian Kimberley Region. Inspired by the music of Gondwanaland, he first began his career with the didgeridoo learning to play through a vacuum cleaner pipe as a child at school.

A very skilled and gifted musician, Tjupurru has toured extensively both nationally and internationally doing performances and school workshops since 2006. He has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the music industry and has performed in Japan, Germany, USA, Canada, Brazil, India, Iran, NZ, Singapore, Taiwan and many other countries. Highlights of his career to date include performing for an audience of over 120,000 at the Sydney Festival’s “Jazz in the Domain”, performances in the concert hall of The Sydney Opera House, Woodford Folk Festival, 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, and 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games to name just a few.

Tjupurru delights in sharing his family history, culture and music, in the hope of creating a deeper understanding of indigenous culture with audiences both young and old, here in Australia and around the world.

What other schools have said:

Teachers from Kedron State High School QLD said:- “Thank you for your enthusiasm in bringing the “old” and the “new” in an engaging and stimulating way. The students loved the varied opportunities to be totally involved using their own creative abilities to make new music. The technology you demonstrated made it “real” for them to pursue music as a career.”

Price: $500 per session (No GST applies).

NB. Only available after a Didjeribone performance for students who have seen the show.

Suitable: Year 5 to Year 12 and beyond.

Maximum Audience Size: 20 Students.

Times: Show: 60 minutes. Set up: 30 minutes. Pack up: 30 minutes.