Pitz Quattrone is a man on a mission … actually, two missions. The first is to turn as many people around the planet as he can to the music of the didgeridoo. The other is to put the didgeridoo into as many musical settings as he possibly can. Naturally, he’s a perfect fit for the Event in a Tent.
On June 30, Quattrone will journey from the Montpelier area to Brattleboro to add a splash of didgeridoo to an event which promises to be like no other before. During the pre-concert activities at Famolare Field from noon to 3 p.m., or so, Quattrone will lead two didgeridoo workshops. He’ll be selling inexpensive models of the instrument (for about $15) and teaching people to play. Why not try it? It just might rock your world.
“To me it sounds like it comes from the middle of the Earth up to the surface andgrabs you,” said Quattrone, an unabashed didgeridoo-ophile, player and teacher for more than 20 years. “As soon as I heard it, it grabbed me. I like weird sounds anyway … that was my first attraction.”
“Almost everyone agrees that it is the oldest musical instrument on the planet,” said Quattrone, who said images in caves painted 40,000 years ago show people and animals playing the didgeridoo.
In 20 years, Quattrone has played the didgeridoo everywhere “from the arctic circle to the Equator” and has wowed people wherever he’s gone.
“Kids love the instrument. Everyone loves the instrument. Everyone smiles, everyone laughs when they see it,” he said.
Although he’s still mastering the instrument, it is fairly easy to pick up and make some interesting sounds on right from the get-go.
“It basically starts with your lips flapping like a motorboat or a raspberry like kids do,” he said. “I just try to get people to make a lot of really nice sounds in one long breath.”
Later on, Quattrone will join the orchestra for part of the performance under the tent on June 30. But mostly he’s looking forward to just being part of the scene.
“It sounds like fun. … It sounds like a lot of fun,” he said.
For more on Quattrone, visit www.pitzondidge.com or just come see him for yourself.