Dubravko Lapaine - didgeridoo solo

Genres: World Fusion / Ancient Trance / Spiritual Space Metal
Awards: Finalist of World of Music Awards 2009 by We Are Listening

Dubravko Lapaine Bio


Dubravko Lapaine is a Croatian-based didgeridoo musician and composer - one of the most revered didgeridoo performers in the world.
He has been coherently developing new ways of playing and thus starting free sound chronicals of antidogmatic and authentic sound that defies easy genre categorization. New definitions and fusion genres are needed to trace Lapaine's music - ancient trance, meditative experimental, power ambient, storytelling instrumental, ethereal Balkan minimalism, polyrhythmic acoustic chillout, earth&cosmic beat, heavy melodic drone, solo orchestral, spiritual space metal...

Whatever the genre or style, the signature element in Lapaine's compositions are clear acoustic contrasts and dualities. On one side detonations of breath and demonic intensity, rumbling earth drone, crushing cosmic machines... on the other side tiny echos whispering subtle melodies, angelic harp voices, airy and feathery pulses, singing reverberations of the tube...

Lapaine has been devoted to strict technical training and uncompromising search for the pinpoint precision of sound. This has resulted in wild-fast hyper-detailed and extremly physical, raw and tight didgeridoo instrumental, but at the same time progressivly emphasizing melodic and subtle side of the instrument.

Innumerable breaths of perfect precision and speed are counterbalanced by melodious voice. This creates a sense of vast space and pulsing density in organic harmony. Movements of breath, diaphragm, voice and lips blend in the didgeridoo into a strange invisible and powerful earth music orchestra. The music he produces out of various 'wooden tubes' seems to the listener as if coming from a deep unknown spring letting us catch subtle melodies of wind intertwined with rhythmic rumbling of the earth.

It is really with the live stage performance that Du's devotion to music comes to full expression. During his intense musical performances wrapped up with spoken stories of abstract but poetic worlds, audience is invited to take a step out of the ordinary and float into the vast spaces of inner cosmic freedom full of deep echoes and images.

Dubravko is also actively working with a trio Druyd featuring didgeridoo, guitar and female vocals. He has released a range of audio works (solo albums, tracks for films and animations, music for theater and dance performances) and received an international musical award (World of Music Awards 2009-finalist).

Short Biography
Dubravko Lapaine is a Croatian-based didgeridoo musician and composer - one of the most revered didgeridoo performers in the world. In his hands this ancient instrument takes the audience into what feels like an uncharted world of sound and rhythm which is utterly absorbing.
His breath, diaphragm, voice and lips blend into a strange, invisible and powerful earth music orchestra. The music he produces seems to come from a deep unknown spring bringing subtle sounds of wind intertwined with a rhythmic rumbling of the Earth.

NOTABLE PAST EVENTS

*Neuchâtel Buskers Festival 2013, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
*Journées des 5 Continents 2013, Martigny, Switzerland
*Lost Theory Festival 2011, Chillout Stage, Deringaj, Croatia
*Opening ceremony of the World Handball Championship in Split, Croatia (January 2009)
*Le Reve de Aborigenes Festival in Airvault, France (July 2009, 2013)
*RhythmTree Festival on Isle of Wight, UK (August 2009, 2010)
*Swiss Didge Weekend in Wiedlisbach, Switzerland (July 2009)
*Opening ceremony of Dubrovnik Summer Games @ Dubrovnik, Croatia (July 2008)
*Didjin'Oz 2008 in Forlimpopoli, Italy (November 2008, 2010)
*Didgeridoo/acrobatic show @ 4th Festival of New Circus, Zagreb (2007)

DISCOGRAPHY

DUBOKOBUD - Latest solo album, January 2011.
http://music.lapaine.com/album/dubokobud

KOSMOPTERIX - Album released in July 2009.
Rated second best Croatian ethno album 1n 2009 (Croatian Internet Music Magazine glas.ba) http://music.lapaine.com/album/kosmopterix

IZ DUBINA BESVJESNIH - First self-released, arranged and produced album in 2008.

DRONAS / by Druyd - Album released in July 2010.
Debut album of Druyd, didgeridoo-guitar-female vocals trio.
http://music.druydmusic.com/album/dronas

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"For the duration of the half hour concert, a crammed Sax could be convinced of what the "new sound" really is and will most probably remember this performance for a long time to come as it was throughout quite a rarity in a sea of pop, kitsch and outright copy/paste imitations."
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-Horvi, Glas.ba - Internet Music Magazine

"So verzerrt er die Töne, dehnt diese, sucht weiter nach den schier unendlichen Möglichkeiten des noch recht unerforschten Didgeridoos. Das Ergebnis ist zu hören, zu spüren, gar zu fühlen: Murren, gurren, grunzen, gurgeln, röhren – Lapaine holt aus der hölzernen Röhre raus, was andere höchstens auf dem elektronischen Weg schaffen. Wenn überhaupt."
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-Felix Kästle, Schwäbische.de


"Im Rhythmus des Herzschlags setzte er einen Beat an den anderen. Der Puls stieg erneut und man meinte, ein Trommelorchester zu hören. Mit seinem tiefen Didgerodoo ließ Lapaine einen Elefant über den Himmel marschieren. Schritt für Schritt. Das Zwerchfell der Zuhörer schwingt mit und man möchte sich dem Tier auf seinem Weg durch Raum und Zeit anschließen. Lapaines Sound wühlt sich tief hinein in das akustische Empfinden."
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-Claudia Wörner, Südkurier, 21.1.2013.


"...it is just unbelievable what Lapaine can extract from these tube-like instruments of murmuring sounds. Whisper, escape, scream, green, blue, universe, ground, fire, water… "
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-Vjesnik, 7 i 8. 10. 2008.

"Lapaine is a wizard who crams sounds of wind into three long, wooden wind instruments and modifies them at his will, forming them into subtle sound sculptures. It often reminds one of electronic effects, beats and diabolical samplers..."
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-Horvi, Glas.ba - Internet Music Magazin

Nada Sostar, blog DUBOKO MORE - February 9, 2008 Last night in “Stara Trešnja” Circus of Wind was performed by Dubravko Lapaine – our didgeridoo musician (?!), dancer of didgeridoo music (?!), actor (?!) of a monodrama of vibrations, poet (?!) with tubes, searcher of the meaning of our pre-beginnings, recorder of vibrations and poetry, creator of mandala by wind, acrobat of the wind…. I simply must admit I am still so impressed that I don’t know where to begin.
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-Nada Šoštar,Blog DUBOKO MORE, 09/02/08

"Du, definitely one of the most prolific and amazing didgeridoo players in the world, creates an acoustic environment of different music instruments just by playing his didgeridoo."
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-Katja Ceglar, director, Kulturni dom Krsko

"His unbelievable abilities on the didgeridoo surpass every preconceived idea - his beats and rhythms pull in the "other side" while at the same time bring us down to earth.Dubravko has transformed the traditional sound of the didgeridoo, which is no longer just a "tribal instrument", and yet creates "tribal" worlds."
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-Breda Špacapan

Gigs

Upcoming Shows
Concert calendar can be found at Upcoming Show Page

Past Shows
All past shows can be found at Show Archive Page.

Technical Requirements

Download Dubravko Lapaine's tech rider (includes the stage plot, equipment requirements, and full technical description).

Contact

Dubravko Lapaine
Bleiweisova 24, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
mail | doodeaux@gmail.com
phone | +385 98 774459

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