Multi Instrumentalist and composer Stephen Kent is one of the premier Didjeridu virtuosos in the contemporary world. Stephen will be joining us here at Didgeridoo Breath on Saturday the 21st of February for a special intimate didgeridoo performance, which will no doubt showcase his incredible skill on one of the world’s oldest instruments.In addition, Stephen will also be running an Advanced Didgeridoo Workshop on Sunday the 22nd of February:
In this workshop we will work on the following:
– Diaphragm rhythm and breathing techniques.
– Playing with the whole body.
– The different bodily ‘stations’ and how they affect the sound.
– Multiple layering of the sound.
– Playing smoothly and softly with feeling
– Toots and trumpet tones.
– Diaphragm and mouth strengthening exercises.
– Compositional approaches to the Didjeridu.
– Advanced harmonic techniques/Focusing on overtones.
– Polyrhythmic playing and complex rhythm cycles.
Born in England he was raised in East Africa and in a career spanning well over 2 decades, based at various times in Australia, Spain, the UK and now the San Francisco Bay Area, he has pioneered the modern day use of the ancient Australian Aboriginal instrument from his position in 1981 as MD of Australia’s Circus Oz, award winning composer for Barcelona dance companies, 7 years touring the world in New Circus groups such as Ra Ra Zoo, to a catalog of over 20 CD releases, including 6 solo works, and multiple collaborations with group projects Trance Mission, Lights in a Fat City and, most recently, Australian Bebop Ragas, Baraka Moon & The Del Sol String Quartet. Collaboration across cultural boundaries is at the root of his interest and he has worked with extraordinary musicians around the planet including Airto Moreira (Brazil), Zakir Hussain (India), Habib Koite (Mali), Rahim Al Haj (Iraq), Zap Mama (Belgium,Congo), Chirgilchin (Tuva), Samulnori (Korea), Leonard Eto (Japan), Omar Sosa (Cuba), Paul Horn, Glen Velez, (USA), among countless others. He continues to perform all over the world. Stephen also works with radio and has hosted a weekly “Music of the World” show on Pacifica Radio’s KPFA.org for the past 20 years.