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 chronicles of anti-dogmatic 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 is 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 extremely physical, raw and tight didgeridoo instrumental, but at the same time progressively emphasizing the 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 the 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, the 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 theatre and dance performances) and received an international musical award (World of Music Awards 2009-finalist).
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
*FATT festival 2017,2015,2010, Portugal
*Neuchâtel Buskers Festival 2013, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
*Lent Festival 2011, Slovenia
*Journées des 5 Continents 2013,2014 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, 2016)
*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, 2014)
*Didgeridoo/acrobatic show @ 4th Festival of New Circus, Zagreb (2007)
VIBRAPULS – Latest solo album, July 2015.
DUBOKOBUD – Album released in January 2011.
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 in 2008.
DRONAS / by Druyd – Album released in July 2010.
Debut album of Druyd, didgeridoo-guitar-female vocals trio.