Livingston Parish Library welcomes a didgeridoo performer as part of its summer reading program | Culture & Leisure

Blending music, humor and education – all while paying homage to the earth below – performer Rob Thomas has entertained hundreds of children and adults alike during performances at the Livingston Parish Library.

The “Didgeridoo Down Under” performances were part of the library’s “Ocean of Possibilities” summer reading program.

The Australia-themed show incorporated science, music, character building, anti-bullying, environmentalism and audience participation. The show had a strong focus on the didgeridoo, a wind instrument in the form of a long wooden tube that is blown to produce a deep, resonant sound, varied by rhythmic accents of timbre and volume.

Thomas, who was born in California and lived in Australia, has been making and playing didgeridoos for almost 30 years. He has performed all over the country and has recorded several CDs. He has also produced music for many films, including the IMAX film “Sacred Planet”.

It performed at all five branches of the Livingston Parish Library on June 1 and 2.

The audience laughed and clapped throughout the show as Thomas played and explained the origins of the didgeridoo, a musical instrument he says was first made by Aboriginal Australians.

Children were also invited to make music with him using sticks and smaller didgeridoos.

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