Ondrej Smeykal | Didgeridoo Solo II

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Didgeridoo Solo II

by Ondrej Smeykal

Didgeridoo virtuoso Ondrej Smeykal continues to push the limits to unforeseen heights with another mind-boggling mix of didgeridoo rhythms and “songs” as he calls them.
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2. Kolobeh
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3. Messenger
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5. City
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Didgeridoo solo II is the result of 11 months recording. Initially starting out with a sound engineer, Ondrej soon discarded that option and invested in his own recording equipment so as to become completely independent. Isolating himself in his studio, he began recording night and day or whenever his busy concert schedule would allow. The result of this period in the form of Didgeridoo Solo II speaks for itself. The four-fold cover is a didgipack made from recycled paper with original artwork stone-printed by hand, one by one. Ondrej has also autographed each copy in gold leaf ink.

Ondrej Smeykal is a 31 year old Didgeridoo phenomenon from the Czech Republic, who has been playing for over 15 years. Until recently, Ondrej was quite unknown to the world Didgeridoo community. He started performing in the Czech Republic about ten years ago, teaming up with Australian Ian Wood, with whom he started the group Wooden Toys. It was during this cooperation that Ondrej’s philosophy of the instrument began to take shape, where he began to see the didgeridoo’s role as a rhythmical instrument with untapped potential. The more he played with other accompanying musicians, the more he noticed that the Didgeridoo was forced to play only a certain, limited role, and could not be utilized to its full potential unless played on its own as a solo Instrument.

And so he began spending thousands upon thousands of hours practicing, studying and experimenting with the Didgeridoo sound, dissecting each individual component and redefining the Didgeridoo’s potential and scope as a musical instrument. His approach is almost scientific, yet he also possesses the feel and musicality of a true genius.
The way Ondrej plays is unlike any other Didgeridoo player, not only in style but also in the techniques and sounds that he uses. The basic drone for which the Didgeridoo is recognized, is only one of many sound components that make up Ondrej’s compositions. His use of unusually long, deep-keyed Didgeridoos is another aspect that sets him apart from all others. Producing incredibly deep sounds, his extra long Didgeridoos allow for a much wider range of tones and overtones on one instrument, where he is able to skip from one octave to another while playing the full range of sounds in each.

His performance is nothing short of a spectacle, and is something that far transcends the Didgeridoo genre alone. With hundreds of performances under his belt, Ondrej is a seasoned professional. Upon seeing Ondrej Smeykal play, people shake their heads in disbelief, refusing to believe that it is just one man playing one Didgeridoo without any added sound effects, and this applies to long-time Didgeridoo enthusiasts and first time listeners alike. The style of music he plays is quite diverse, ranging from what could be described as organic techno, trance, ambient, break-beat and anywhere in between.

For the last 5 or so years, Ondrej has been playing over 100 concerts per year, performing solo all over Europe but also in a Duo called Autopilote along with one of Czechs best drummers Pavel Fajt. Ondrej also hosts in a number of the Czech Republic’s most popular bands including Monkey Business and Cechomor. Apart from Europe’s major Didgeridoo festivals (Berlin, Swizeridoo) he performs regularly at Czech’s biggest summer music festivals including, Colours of Ostrava, Rock for people, Trutnov Open Air etc. He has also played with the philharmonic orchestra of Hradec Kralove, as a support act for the Boban Markovic orchestra, Natasha Atlas and in numerous other projects and theatrical performances.


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limestone

It only gets better.
WOW........... I am completely gob-smacked at what Ondrej has gifted us this times round..!!! Talk about crazy, impossible rythms...! Talk about impeccable control and timing.... this cd is pure joy...!

Pam

Excellent!!!
Just when you think you've heard everything the didgeridoo can do, something like this comes along. This CD is eleven tracks of pure imagination and digderidoo playing unlike anything you've ever heard before. Thank you Ondrej Smeykal for putting together another fabulous album!!!

Sebastien BOUCHONNEAU

Etonnant & Fabuleux
Cet albums très étonnant ouvre l'esprit à l(idée des vibrations qui sont possibles d'obtenir.
Ondrej Smeykal maitrise tellement bien son instrument qu'il mêle plusieurs rythmes en une délicate mélopée. Un virtuose de grand talent à écouter sans modération. Ces 2 albums sont tout simplement FA_BU_LEUX !
Merci pour ces albums qui se démarquent tant de ce que l'on peut entendre d'habitude !
Sébastien (randobivouac.com)

Matt S

A superb expression of the soul via the Didgerdoo!
This was definately a must in my collection, Didge vibes that truly flow, well done Ondrej!

Michael Freemire

Even better than amazing!
Ondrej played at an annual didgeridoo concert we have here in North Fork, CA (south of Yosemite) in 2007 (www.jtdidgefest.com). One of the other performers said that he felt that he was back in kindergarten after listening to Ondrej play. If you are interested in didge music, get his discs! And try to see Ondrej in person if you can...

Barry

most anticipated new CD to hit the didgeridoo scene in many years!
New Title & Current Best Seller! - BUY THIS CD!!!
Ondrej Smeykal Didgeridoo Solo 2
This is the most anticipated new CD to hit the didgeridoo scene in many years! I'm writing this as I have my first listen to it and I couldn't be more pleased. His first CD wowed the didge community, and this one's gonna create an epic fan base for Ondrej. No one else plays didgeridoo like this! And if this CD doesn't stagger your sonic imagination then your probably dead. The four-fold cover is a didgipack made from recycled paper with artwork stone-printed by hand, one by one. Ondrej has also autographed each copy we have in gold leaf ink.

John R.

Mesmerizing!
One word, MESMERIZING, says it all. A must have for any diverse music collection.