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Guest workshops

Guest didgeridoo workshops can be held by Dutch tutors or internationally acclaimed tutors and performers from Australia and other countries. Guest tutors include internationally acclaimed didgeridoo performers like Alan Dargin, Ganga Giri, Mark Atkins and Charlie Mc Mahon. We have made a list of performers with their biography that gave workshops for AA&I.

Guest tutors
Mark Atkins   Mark Atkins is a descendant of the Yamitji people of western Australia. He started his musical carrier at the age of ten, and has since become to one of the most prominent pioneers of didgeridoo music. His musical skills allow him to play a wide variety of music styles, be it as a solo performer or an ensemble player. Mark has performed around the world and has played with a diversity of musicians, bands and ensembles such as Philip Glass, Led Zeppelin and the London Philharmonic. He is also a gifted guitarist, percussionist, painter, instrument crafter and story teller.
Stephen Kent   Stephen Kent was born in Devon, England, and spent much of his childhood in eastern Africa. When he moved back to London he started his first band, Furious Punk, a noisy punk group. With his musical horizon widening, he worked as a musical director of a travelling theatre companionship touring Australia where he first learned about the didgeridoo. Since then he has developed himself as an important advocate of the didgeridoo as a contemporary instrument. He co-formed bands like Trance Mission and Beasts of Paradise, and played with musicians like Youssou N'Dour, Herbie Hancock and King Sunny Ade.
3ple-D   Lies Beijerinck and Michiel Teijgeler both got introduced to the didgeridoo in the early nineties, when Holland was still largly oblivious to the instrument. They were instantly struck by the unique sound and the musical capabilities of the instrument. After Michiel travels through Europe as a street musician and plays in several bands, and Lies spends a year in Australia, and plays in several bands as well, they form 3ple-D (Triple Dee) in 1999. Their sound is characterized by innovative sounds and playing techniques, and is influenced by Brazilian samba, Togolese and Ghanese bell patterns, Cuban 'son' rhythms and modern dancemusic. They recently released their first studio cd.
Charlie McMahon   Charlie McMahon started playing the didgeridoo at a very young age, long before the instrument gained popularity among the western population of Australia. When he was sixteen he lost part of his right arm in an accident, which motivated him even more to master the didgeridoo. After a brief academic career and his encounter with the nomadic 'Lost Tribe' of Pintubi aboriginals, he formed Gondwanaland in 1983. Pioneering contemporary didgeridoo music the band was later renamed to Gondwana, and in all recorded nine albums to date. He is also very well known for his performances in the nineties with Australian desert rockers Midnight Oil.
Si and Wild Marmalade   Wild Marmalade is an innovative dance trio featuring the talented Si Mullumbi on the didgeridoo. During his travels across Australia he was already widely appreciated as a solo artist for his dancable mix of percussive vocal beats and deep dronal grooves. Along with Matt Goodwin on drums and Matt Ledgar on percussion, Wild Marmalade brings energetic and organic dance music which without the use of samples and electronic instruments fits perfectly well in todays modern dance scene.
Ganga Giri   Ganga Giri was born in Australia and was a serious percussionist at the age of eight. At this young age he already became strongly influenced by African percussion, Indian folk music, traditional Aboriginal music, reggae, rap and all kinds of dance music. He taught himself to master one of his favourite instruments, the didgeridoo, to a level that his modern style of playing was appreciated by the elders of the Yolngu tribe, in spite of the cultural differences. His uplifting, 'manic-organic' didgeridoo sound, accompanied bij both traditional and electronic percussion, brings the didgeridoo to new, highly dancable heights.
Alan Dargin   Alan Dargin was raised in the north of Arnhemland. He started playing didgeridoo when he was only five years old, being taught by his grandfather. His traditional background didn't prevent him to experiment with all kinds of musical influences and playing techniques and to become one of the most prominent ambassadors of modern didgeridoo music. His intense affiliation with the instrument combined with his musical talent make him a true musical virtuoso, which makes us even more delighted to welcome him at the last moment to the group of musicians performing at the Dream.Time festival.

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