Didgeridoos evoke a primordial response in us… Their mystical melodies vibrate from deep inside, making you want to dance and move. We found an extraordinary didgeridoo craftsman in Joshua Tree, California.
A didgeridoo (also called a didjeridu) is a wind instrument originally developed by the Indigenous people of northern Australia around 1,500 years ago. They are still in widespread use today around the world. Didgeridoo are sometimes described as natural wooden trumpets or “drone pipes.”
Playing a didgeridoo is done with continuously vibrating lips, to produce the drone, and a special breathing technique called circular breathing. Circular breathing requires you to breathe in through the nose while simultaneously expelling stored air out of the mouth using the tongue and cheeks. With this technique, a skilled player can replenish the air in their lungs, and sustain a note for as long as desired. Recordings exist of modern didgeridoo players playing continuously for more than 40 minutes! (Mark Atkins on Didgeridoo Concerto (1994) plays for over 50 minutes continuously!)
It’s not as easy as it sounds.
Kurosh Showghi crafts each didgeridoo with so much love and intention. The vibration of his one-of-a-kind masterpieces connects us deep to ourselves… and helps us remember just how connected we are to everything.
An interesting side note: A 2005 study in the British Medical Journal found that learning and practicing the didgeridoo helped reduce snoring and obstructive sleep apnea by strengthening muscles in the upper airway, reducing their tendency to collapse during sleep… How’s that for a lullaby?
Every didgeridoo has its own unique sound and Kurosh hand paints amazing scenes onto each one that he produces. Many of these are inspired by the landscape of Joshua Tree and the high desert. If you’re thinking of buying one of these masterpieces, Kurosh and his wife, Paula, graciously invite you into their beautiful home to experience for yourself which instrument resonates with you. Kurosh’s didgeridoos can also be seen twice a year at the Joshua Tree Music Festival.
We highly recommend you connect with Kurosh & Paula on your next visit to Joshua Tree!!