- Alan Dargin
Alan Dargin (13 July 1967–24 February 2008) was a
didgeridooplayer from Wee Waa, New South Wales, Australia. He started learning the instrument at age five, being taught by his grandfather. His signature instrument was over a hundred years old and was made from an extinctspecies of eucalyptusknown as the Bloodwood tree.
He performed on the streets of
Sydney, through to performances in front of Francois Mitterandand with many symphonies around the world, including the Vienna Philharmonicand the London Symphony Orchestraat Royal Albert Hall, as well as many other locations in the United States, Japan, and Europe.
As an actor, he also had roles, including a featured part in "
Fringe Dwellers", but he was probably best known for his cross-dressing role in "".
He has contributed to albums by many famous artists such as
Jimmy Pageand Robert Plant, Jimmy Barnes, Tommy Emmanuel, Wallace Buchanan (Jamiroquai), Yothu Yindi, and Don Burrows, and filmed a documentary about Cape Yorkwith Jacques Cousteau.
His last recording, "MRD", contains tracks that feature collaborations with legendary musicians such as
Tommy Emmanuel, James Morrison, and many other virtuosos duetting with didgeridoo on instruments as varied as guitar, steel drums, keyboard, Chinese flute, trumpet, electric bass, and voice. The album is due to be released in April 2008.
Dargin held a degree in science from the
University of Toronto.
He suffered a
cerebral hemorrhageand died at Saint Vincents Hospital, Darlinghurst in Sydney just before sunrise on Sunday, 24 February 2008. [http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,23277019-12377,00.html]
A memorial service for Dargin was held at
Circular Quay, Sydney at 7 a.m. on Thursday, 28 February 2008, commencing with a traditional Aboriginal smoking ceremony that progressed along Circular Quay to First Fleet Park. Hundreds attended and tribute after tribute was given to this "Rock and Roll didjeridu" legend. [ [http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,23294235-2702,00.html Singing home soul of the didgeridoo | The Australian ] ]
*MRD (to be released April 2008)
Gary Thomas, 2001)
*Cross + Hatch (with Michael Atherton, 1998)
*Two Stories in One (with
*Bloodwood: The Art of the Didjeridu (with Michael Atherton, 1993)
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