Brisbane Based International Didjeridu performer Adrian Fabila Tjupurrula aka Tjupurru is a proud descendant of the Djabera Djabera tribe of the West Australia Kimberleys. Born in Port Moresby P.N.G., he began his career as a professional boxer; 2X National Featherweight Champion of PNG, winner of Oceania Title in Western Samoa.
He moved to Cairns (North Queensland) where he first heard the didj music of Gondwanaland.
Adrian and Charlie McMahon (Gondwanaland) came together for all night outdoor corroboree jam sessions on the beach, as an alternative to pub & club venues. The atmosphere of playing music & dancing around a campfire encouraged improvisation and trance like endurance playing.
Now, playing the DIDJERIBONE and the FACE BASS, both Charlie McMahon inventions, Adrian’s whole life has come full circle – “Charlie called it a DIDJERIBONE because it can slide through different notes and tones – a cross between a didj and a trombone. The way it expands on what you can do with a traditional didj is just phenomenal. Essentially it makes just one instrument a didj orchestra…
The FACE BASS ….. now that’s a whole other story. The technology enables the slightest whisper and tremble in your mouth or body to be picked up. Its tiny, mouth-based controls are at the cutting edge of what the big guys are predicting for phones and computers in the future. Any noise you can make in or around your mouth and neck – vocally, sub vocally, with your tongue, your teeth, your fingers, swallowing, humming or just breathing – you can amplify it and record it and make it into a sample. No one needs to see you move a muscle and yet you can create all this stuff KAH BOOM! Right in your mouth.”
With the addition of sampling and electronic effects, Tjupurru has enabled himself to perform as a One Man Band creating live samples and looping them to create songs and soundscapes that criss cross most musical genres.
With his debut EP recorded, mixed and produced by Buchman (Blue King Brown, Whitlams, Macromantics) Tjupurru will be at a town near you soon.

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