Mark Atkins

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One of the world’s finest didgeridoo players, Australian Aboriginal musician Mark Atkins is internationally recognised for his collaborative projects with some of the world’s leading composers and musicians. A descendant of Western Australia’s Yamitji people, and of Irish/Australian heritage, Mark has incorporated the didgeridoo sound into some unlikely musical environments, adding its primal pulse to orchestral works, theatrical productions and dance performances. Through Mark’s lips the air blows as a natural desert sound, in old ethnic chants and in polyphonic melodies of astonishing rhythm.

Mark is a performer, storyteller, songwriter, composer, percussionist, visual artist and instrument maker. He creates and paints didgeridoos from wood collected near his home in Tamworth, New South Wales and has exhibited his traditional and contemporary artwork in Japan, Europe and the United States.

As performer and composer, Mark has worked with Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Hothouse Flowers, Philip Glass, Sinead O’Connor, Peter Sculthorpe, Donald Lunney, Ornette Coleman, Gondwana Voices, Jenny Morris, John Williamson, James Morrison, The Blind Boys of Alabama and many more. He also won the Golden Didgeridoo at the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

In 2001 Mark collaborated with composer Philip Glass and Wurundjeri elder Joy Murphy Wandin in Voices, a concert work for didgeridoo and organ performed in Australia, at the Lincoln Centre, New York, and in Amman, Jordan. .  He also performed in the Sydney Opera House season of Naqoyqatsi and toured Philip Glass’ Orion, which premiered in Greece and subsequently toured to Italy, France, UK, USA, Mexico and Australia. Mark’s solo work Grungadatoured Australia, Hong Kong and France. Mark has also performed at festivals Womadelaide, Australia and WOMAD Seatle, USA.

Mark is founding member of Black Arm Band, featuring Australian legends of indigenous contemporary music, which wrote and performed MurandakHidden Republic and Dirtsong.

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