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Didgeridoo earth music by Dubravko Lapaine

Biography

Dubravko Lapaine is a Croatian-based didgeridoo musician and composer – one of the most revered didgeridoo performers in the world. He has been coherently developing new ways of playing and thus starting free sound chronicals of antidogmatic and authentic sound that defies easy genre categorization. New definitions and fusion genres are needed to trace Lapaine’s music – ancient trance, meditative experimental, power ambient, storytelling instrumental, ethereal Balkan minimalism, polyrhythmic acoustic chillout, earth&cosmic beat, heavy melodic drone, solo orchestral, and even spiritual space metal.

Whatever the genre or style, the signature element in Lapaine’s compositions are clear acoustic contrasts and dualities. On one side detonations of breath and demonic intensity, rumbling earth drone, crushing cosmic machines… on the other side tiny echos whispering subtle melodies, angelic harp voices, airy and feathery pulses, singing reverberations of the tube…

Lapaine has been devoted to strict technical training and uncompromising search for the pinpoint precision of sound. This has resulted in wild-fast hyper-detailed and extremly physical, raw and tight didgeridoo instrumental, but at the same time progressivly emphasizing melodic and subtle side of the instrument.

Innumerable breaths of perfect precision and speed are counterbalanced by melodious voice. This creates a sense of vast space and pulsing density in organic harmony. Movements of breath, diaphragm, voice and lips blend in the didgeridoo into a strange invisible and powerful earth music orchestra. The music he produces out of various ‘wooden tubes’ seems to the listener as if coming from a deep unknown spring letting us catch subtle melodies of wind intertwined with rhythmic rumbling of the earth.

It is really with the live stage performance that Du’s devotion to music comes to full expression. During his intense musical performances wrapped up with spoken stories of abstract but poetic worlds, audience is invited to take a step out of the ordinary and float into the vast spaces of inner cosmic freedom full of deep echoes and images.

Dubravko is also actively working with a trio Druyd featuring didgeridoo, guitar and female vocals. He has released a range of audio works (solo albums, tracks for films and animations, music for theater and dance performances) and received international musical awards (World of Music Awards 2009-finalist).

Short Biography

Dubravko Lapaine is a Croatian-based didgeridoo musician and composer – one of the most revered didgeridoo performers in the world. In his hands this ancient instrument takes the audience into what feels like an uncharted world of sound and rhythm which is utterly absorbing.

His breath, diaphragm, voice and lips blend into a strange, invisible and powerful earth music orchestra. The music he produces seems to come from a deep unknown spring bringing subtle sounds of wind intertwined with a rhythmic rumbling of the Earth.

Notable past events

*Neuchâtel Buskers Festival 2013, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
*Journées des 5 Continents 2013, Martigny, Switzerland
*Lost Theory Festival 2011, Chillout Stage, Deringaj, Croatia
*Opening ceremony of the World Handball Championship in Split, Croatia (January 2009)
*Le Reve de Aborigenes Festival in Airvault, France (July 2009)
*Didghead Radio Festival on Isle of Wight, UK (August 2009, 2010)
*Swiss Didge Weekend in Wiedlisbach, Switzerland (July 2009)
*Opening ceremony of Dubrovnik Summer Games @ Dubrovnik, Croatia (July 2008)
*Didjin’Oz 2008 in Forlimpopoli, Italy (November 2008, 2010)
*Didgeridoo/acrobatic show @ 4th Festival of New Circus, Zagreb (2007)

Instrumentation

Dubravko Lapaine – didgeridoo (different shapes, tones and colors:-)

Discography

DUBOKOBUD Latest solo album released in February 2011.
http://music.lapaine.com/album/dubokobud

KOSMOPTERIX solo album released in July 2009.
Rated second best Croatian ethno album 1n 2009 (Croatian Internet Music Magazine glas.ba)
http://music.lapaine.com/album/kosmopterix

IZ DUBINA BESVJESNIH, 2007.
Self-released, arranged and produced debut CD.
http://music.lapaine.com/album/iz-dubina-besvjesnih

DRONAS by Druyd, 2010.
Debut album of Druyd, didgeridoo-guitar-female vocals trio.
http://music.lapaine.com/album/dronas

Lapaine Earth Music Links

Lapaine Press Kit
Dubokobud album page
Dubravko’s Facebook Page