The didgeridoo is something more than a musical instrument and is surrounded by many legends and eons of history.
Created by the Australian Aborigines thousands of years ago (rock paintings have been found from 40,000 years ago depicting men with instruments in the mouth) its sound helps to achieve trance states. It is a door to The Time of Dreams – Dream Time.
With this background, didgeridoo players have a special relationship with their instrument and a few allow you to “re-invent” it. It takes a lot of love to intervene on the object of one’s passion and make changes.
Marcello Bellardini is a man who deeply loves the didgeridoo and the Aboriginal culture and has found his way to spread this culture by personally creating these musical instruments.
His love was born in 2000 during a trip a year in Australia where he spent two months in the Maningrida community in contact with Aboriginal culture. When he returned to Italy, a piece of his heart was still tied to the traditions and culture represented by the Aboriginal didgeridoo.
He began to build his own instruments using Italian Eucalyptus trees (the Australian native tree, brought to this part of Italy about 100 years ago to dry up the swamps in Lazio, that is used to form the didgeridoo) from his area, Latina, working on the branches and trunks just like termites, i.e. emptying them slowly from the inside.
Then he began to teach music courses and seminars through his association Didj Italy. At that point he realized the difficulties of beginners in handling a tool so heavy and started to think of different solutions.
This is how the idea was born for instruments in translucent GRP, which are painted outside with various native designs. These didgeridoos can be easily lifted and are beautiful objects to display and collect in different designs, tones and shades.
They are particularly suited for musicians who perform on stage in a band with other instruments. Cultural contamination spreads the acceptance of the didgeridoo and music lovers can appreciate sounds like the blues by didgeridoo afficianado Florio Pozza.
For those wishing to enter the enchanted world of the Australian Aboriginal, without having to make a long trip to Australia, one good solution is to attend one of the courses and seminars by Marcello Bellardini and be guided by him through the door of Dreamtime.
(This article is reproduced under licence to Energitismo Limited)