Didge Evolution is a musical project created by master didgeridoo players Rob Thomas and Tanya Gerard. In the Didge Evolution concert, Rob and Tanya take the audience on a musical journey to the Australian Outback, coastal rainforests and beyond. The didgeridoo, usually a hollow tree trunk, has been played by Aboriginal people for at least 1,500 years, and is known for its otherworldly sound. Didge Evolution plays a modern style, mixing fast-paced rhythms with relaxing soundscapes and organic sound effects. Rob and Tanya use a dazzling multimedia display to enhance the experience. Audience members are encouraged to participate in a Q&A session after the show. (60-75 minutes, unlimited audience size)
Rob and Tanya are true didgeridoo pioneers in the U.S., having played and made didges for more than 20 years. They’ve performed throughout the country, have recorded several CDs, and have produced music for numerous films, including the IMAX movie Sacred Planet. They are founding members of the legendary tribal-trance project Inlakesh, and their breakthrough album The Gathering inspired a generation of didgeridoo enthusiasts. They currently perform and teach didgeridoo at K-12 schools, colleges, festivals and other venues nationwide.
Tanya grew up in Australia, and both she and Rob have traveled extensively abroad. They lived in Santa Fe, N.M., for 22 years before moving to North Carolina in 2013 to work full-time with Didge Evolution and Didgeridoo Down Under. Rob also performs solo at many events.
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Drums and Drones features world-class didgeridoo player Lindsey Dank and master percussionist Tobin Wagstaff. They’ve been performing together since 2016, and have quickly created a unique and energetic sound that captivates audiences of all sizes.
Lindsey is a dynamic didgeridoo player, and is one of only a select few who can simultaneously play the didge and the djembe (African hand drum). He is especially talented at creating powerful dance beats and rhythms. Lindsey has worked with Didgeridoo Down Under since 2006-2013, presenting almost 2,000 programs in 20 states. He still performs solo at many events.
“Rob and Tanya were excellent performers and educators. They clearly love what they do and know a great deal about Aboriginal culture. What struck me is how versatile and comfortable they were with all age groups, skill levels, and backgrounds.”
Dr. Keith Dippre, Music Department Chair, Methodist University, NC
“We (and I, especially) loved having Rob & Tanya here. Their performance and workshop made a big impression. Rob and Tanya are very special people, and I would definitely like to bring them back.”
Dr. Charlotte Anderson, Assistant Music Professor, Milligan College, TN
“Didge Evolution facilitated an excellent hands-on workshop to our music education majors and several local K-12 teachers. The evening concert was a unique experience for our recital hall, filled with a mix of earthly and electronic sounds, as well as beautiful images of Australia. The program was appealing for a wide range of audience members, both from campus and from the community.”
Laura A. Stambaugh, Associate Professor & Head of Music Education, Georgia Southern University