The Didgeridoo

Phillip Peris



1. Gone Walkabout
2. Rainbow Heartbeat
3. Bunyip Calling
4. Down By The Billabong
5. Under The Shade Of A Coolabah Tree


Phillip Peris (didgeridoo)
Tran Quang Hai (vocals) 3+4


 Born in 1964, Phillip Peris grew up in Western Australia. That is where he discovered the Didgeridoo and where he bengan an initiation with the aboriginal people. In 1988, when he moved to London, he began to perform numerous concerts in England and later toured ion the European, African and American continents. He was one of the first to propose Didgeridoo recitals, and the first master classes for this instrument. 

Phillip Peris' Didgeridoo - a moving CD
By Larry Iwan "Larry I"

Phillip Peris is a master of tonality and tempo. He plays with love, wisdom and great feeling. The first two tracks on this CD are long solo journeys. Phillip plays didj and clapsticks. He moves gracefully between slower and faster tempos, accenting the shifting mood with changes in tonality and adding vocalizations exactly when they are appropriate.

He is accompanied on the third and fourth tracks. The third has some exciting percussive rhythm from an instrument that is not familiar to me. There is a harmonic singer or "throat singer" on track four. If you have never heard this, be prepared for a wonderful surprise. Track five is a short "farewell" improvisation that makes the listener wish he had another Phillip Peris CD loaded to play in the next slot.

I have a large collection of didjeridu recordings. This is surely one of my favorites. 
The didgeridoo (also known as a didjeridu) is a wind instrument developed by Indigenous Australians of northern Australia around 1,500 years ago and still in widespread use today both in Australia and around the world. It is sometimes described as a natural wooden trumpet or "drone pipe". Musicologists classify it as a brass aerophone.

There are no reliable sources stating the didgeridoo's exact age. Archaeological studies of rock art in Northern Australia suggest that the people of the Kakadu region of the Northern Territory have been using the didgeridoo for less than 1,000 years, based on the dating of paintings on cave walls and shelters from this period.  A clear rock painting in Ginga Wardelirrhmeng, on the northern edge of the Arnhem Land plateau, from the freshwater period shows a didgeridoo player and two songmen participating in an Ubarr Ceremony.

A modern didgeridoo is usually cylindrical or conical, and can measure anywhere from 1 to 3 m (3 to 10 ft) long. Most are around 1.2 m (4 ft) long. Generally, the longer the instrument, the lower the pitch or key of the instrument. However, flared instruments play a higher pitch than unflared instruments of the same length.

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