Do the didgeridoo
Watch an Israeli musician cast his spell with an ancient Australian instrument and a drum set at tonight's debut performance
Seated at the beautiful Clock Square in Jaffa — an ancient city of Israel — Yogev Haruvi sets a hypnotic rhythm as you watch him play two instruments simultaneously in the YouTube video, Jaffa Vibes. While his hands caress a set of skin-covered drums and the ghungroo-adorned feet work the pedals, his mouth is wrapped around a didgeridoo, a four-feet long wooden wind instrument that has its origins in Australia. Creating the feel of an orchestra, Haruvi converges rustic, throaty sounds from didgeridoo with Techno and Trance-like drumbeats — all the while, his eyes mirror the tempo with playful expressions.
Yogev Haruvi plays didgeridoo
Touted as a one-man band, this Israeli musician will be in Mumbai tonight for a performance at blueFROG. This marks his first performance in the city. “I will perform the music that I have been touring with. I will also include more tunes with Indian touches,” shares Haruvi.
Born in Kfar Saba, a small town next to Tel Aviv in Israel, Haruvi began playing drums at the age of 13. “As a child, I was excited about playing the bass guitar but my father offered me to play the drums. I loved the amount of noise they made, and so, I took to them. I have been playing drums since 10 years. Some years ago, at a world music festival, I discovered the didgeridoo,” recalls Haruvi, who learnt the instrument through private tuitions. “I took lessons from players who went all the way to Australia and learnt the traditional way of playing it from aboriginals,” he informs.
Measured by the shape and length of the instrument, the didgeridoo produces a sound long forgotten, believes Haruvi, adding, “It takes you on a journey to an ancient time. The didgeridoo was played by the aboriginal Australians and is considered to be the oldest instrument (in the world).”
On: Today, 9.30 pm
At: blueFROG, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel.
Cost: Rs 350 (Rs 1,000 full cover post 9 pm)
With origins in Australia, the didgeridoo is a wooden wind instrument often referred to as a wooden trumpet. A special breathing technique, called circular breathing, is required to play the instrument.
A performance by 3 Shy Men (Anand Bhagat, Neil Gomes and Karan Sajnani) is also part of the line-up. Their set will feature original, percussion-driven tunes. While Gomes is known for playing over 15 instruments, Bhagat is fluent with world instruments like the djembe, didgeridoo and kalimba. Sajnani is a guitarist and also plays the didgeridoo and hang drums.