MARK ATKINS - BUSH MAN

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PRESENTED BY PRAGYA TIWARI

Mark Atkins is a descendant from the Yamitjti people of Western Australian and Irish-Australian heritage. Mark is a master of the didgeridoo, a storyteller, song writer, drummer and visual artist.

Acknowledged as one of Australias finest didgeridoo players, Mark Atkins is also recognised internationally for his collaborative projects with some of the worlds leading composers and musicians such as Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, Peter Gabriel, Philip Glass, Ravi Shankar, Sinead OConnor, Australian icons James Morrison, Jenny Morris, John Williamson, Jimmy Barnes Paul Kelly, Shane Howard, Gondwana and many more.

Mark is among the finest and most famous Didgeridoo players in the world. Through Marks lips the air blows as natural desert sounds, in old ethnic chants, in polyphonic melodies of astonishing rhythm

Mark is a descendant of the Yamijti people of Western Australia and of Irish-Australian heritage. Not only he is a master of the didjeridoo but also a storyteller, song writer, drummer and visual artist. Mark is one of the few players able to work across most styles of music as a soloist and ensemble player. He has performed around the world, working with musicians such as Led Zeppelin, Donal Lunney in Ireland, Peter Sculthorpe, Phillip Glass, John Butler, Ornette Coleman and many more. Mark has featured with the London Philharmonic at a Festival Hall concert, London in 1996. He is also a prolific instrument maker, making and painting didjeridoos from the logs he collects on trips into the bush north west of his home town of Tamworth, New South Wales.

Mark is the founding member of "Kooriwadjula" (literally black man/ white man) a contemporary/traditional performance group that performs widely in festivals, rock venues, universities and schools, touring nationally and internationally.

Lately, Mark is part of Black arm band, the meeting between the greatest Australian Aboriginal musicians. They received the Hepman award for the Best Contemporary concert in 2007. He recently joined with Lou Reed the Blind Boys of Alabama for a very special event at the Sydney Opera House. Mark is working on several projects including a picture disc vinyl in which he mix all his arts: painting, music & narration, in collaboration with MAGUARI Productions and a 3 pieces live band.

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This episode is brought to you in association with JodhpurRIFF http://jodhpurfolkfestival.org

An Oijo! Production

Guest Cinematography - Vidura Jang Bahadur
Sound Recordist - Kavi Bhansali/RaghavSuthaud
Mix By - Raghav Suthaud

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