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Storytelling & Didgeridoo Making Workshop
November 16 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Empowering Nepal through music and creativity.
The didgeridoo, an instrument originally made from eucalyptus tree trunk limbs hollowed out by termites, was developed by indigenous Australians over 1,500 years ago. It is incredibly versatile in nature and is thought to possess the perfect pitch and tonality for a wind instrument.
Salil Subedi, Nepali musician, artist, and popular educator, pioneered a stylized form of didgeridoo playing, as both a percussive and rhythmic instrument. He is known as Nepal’s best didgeridoo player and over the past decade, he has been using the instrument’s deep, healing sounds to enhance mindfulness and promote change in youth and rural communities.
Join Salil for a day of exploring this ancient wind instrument’s potential and help nurture our “collective consciousness”, through storytelling and conversation.
10:00 WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS
Refreshments and casual conversation.
10:30 – 12:00 STORYTELLING
Part I: Folk tales from Nepal (Himalayas, Middle Hills, Kathmandu Valley, Terai), and the region including Tibet.
Part II: The instruments that make the stories come alive. What materials are used? How are they made? What are their social/cultural function? Why are they important to the place and the world?
12:00 – 1:00 LUNCH
1:00 – 3:00 DIDGERIDOO MAKING & PLAYING
Guided workshop on making a didgeridoo, creating the sounds, and learning to play.
3:00 – 4:00 DIDGERIDOO DECORATING
Designing, planning, and painting.
ABOUT THE FACILITATOR
SALIL SUBEDI is a Nepali musician and multidisciplinary artist. He is on a fundraising tour across Canada in support of his latest educational project, Heavens and Earth – The Nepal Telescope Project. The project will bring artists and scientists to communities around Nepal for star-gazing, story-telling, indigenous knowledge, and science.
Celebrated across Nepal for his community development and education work, Salil’s practice is steeped in creative expression, philosophy, story-telling and collective empowerment – all revolving around the didgeridoo. He was inspired to work with the Australian aboriginal wind instrument 18 years ago when he discovered how the deep uncanny sounds echo in the Himalayan landscape. Since then, Salil has used music and art to express the mystery and beauty of life, to educate about conservation, to advocate for the bond between nature and art, and to develop skills among children, youth, and adults, especially in rural communities. Also an expert on traditional Nepali singing bowls and Eastern spirituality, Salil reaches something at the core of each member of his audience, whether performing in Nepal or internationally.
Part of the Salil Subedi Canadian Tour!