I was born in the Netherlands. My journey with the Didgeridoo begun in the 90’s with the import of Indigenous
Australian art & crafts and Didgeridoos.
While a promoter for (Indigenous) Australian performers, renowned artists like Mark Atkins, Charlie mc Mahon, and Steve “Gadla Bardi” Goldsmith, became close friends and deep inspirations. I was lucky to spent quality time with some of the World’s finest internationally acclaimed Didgeridoo players and Indigenous performers; specially members of the
original White Cockatoo Performance Group, Ganga Giri, and Stephen Kent, strengthening the love for the hollow log and it's cultural roots. I play the didgeridoo and other instruments from a place of gratitude towards all my influences and the traditions and cultures that gave them to us.
After I let go my business I lived a Musical Nomad's life, travelling up and down the hemispheres jamming, performing and a lot busking, picking up some other instruments along the way. I visited, lived and learned in more than 25 countries, while enjoying the most amazing and spontaneous times of my life. These days became the raw material for my present musical journey which brings traditional and innovative instruments together with electronic sound production (FX, Samples, Looping) in a intuitive way that seeks to be innovative while respecting the traditions it draws from
I enjoyed having a jam with many excellent amusicians and jump on stage with bands like the Andy and George band, Heather Frahn Trio, and C-mon & Kypski. I had great fun with The Funktransplant, when back in Da Lowlands regularly backing them up as the surprise act inc. at the Netherland's PopNL Awards Finale and Solar Festival. Being part of Theatre Vistazo's first production was a joyful experience, I loved working with DJ’s at dance events in Australasia and Europe and felt honoured to back up internationally renowned Didjeribone artist Tjupurru at NADOC events and traditional
song-man Gumaroy (Yidaki Yulugi) at the Swizzeridoo festival in Bern (Switzerland). Over the years I have brought the magnetizing sounds of the Didgeridoo to numerous events, schools, galleries, business functions, healing events, alternative therapy sessions, belly-dance and Butoh/post-modern dance theater workshops; yoga classes, meditation groups and worked with disabled people in a Therapeutic way. A true highlight was being invited to play at a low key but powerful international Indigenous gathering led by female Lakota, Aboriginal and Maori elders.
I spent extended periods of time in several communities in
the Top End (NT), deepening my connections with the only true traditional custodians of the didgeridoo (Yirdaki or Mago are two important traditional names of the instrument) and with the blessings of my relations there I feel more confident to play the didgeridoo in a contemporary way.
My collaborations with my old friend Mo T,
who masters the Funk, have produced some
really great upbeat Funky Didge Music that crosses over between many
music genres and didgeridoo playing styles. It led to a full album in 2010 which is the only album available for sale at this time.
After my Nomad years I put some roots down and now live at Australia’s beautiful Sunshine Coast. Having found a home and having had a break the time has come again to "go out and play" to combine being a dad living on the land with performing and doing educational music performances at schools.
A lot of exiting things are happening right now and I hope to post some videos containing new music soon and I would love to come and play at your event or gathering...
(With my old mate, Didgeridoo legend Mark Atkins and Simon Abrahams)