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"... a multilayered, hypnotic groove that combines the most advanced electronic techniques with the most primitive of instruments - human breath. The playing is phenomenal... ***" -Q

Dr. Didg are:

Graham Wiggins: Didgeridoo, Keyboards, Sampling

Steve Leonard: Electric Guitar

Mike Weafer: Electric Bass

Ryan Krieger: Drums

Dr. Didg, a Boston based quartet led by Dr. Graham Wiggins (who holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Oxford), are so called after a nickname Graham gained while testing out the didgeridoo in the physics lab. Graham has studied the instrument with the Australian Aborigines, has written extensively on the physics of its sound, and helped first bring the didgeridoo to the outside world in 1988 as co-founder, along with Martin Cradick, of the Hannibal group "Outback".

Since then, the didgeridoo has grown in both popularity and presence; its unique droning tones can be heard emitting from film and TV screens and dance floors across the globe. The first Dr. Didg album, OUT OF THE WOODS [HNCD 1384], was released in 1994, and broke onto the CMJ New Music and Billboard World Music charts, SEROTONALITY [HNCD 21406] was released in 1998, exploding the musical context of the didgeridoo into realms of retro-funk, psychedelia, trance, and rave culture.

In 1982, when Graham Wiggins was a physics student at Boston University, a support act at a small world music concert caught his attention. A man was demonstrating the basics of didgeridoo technique, using a crude assembly of cardboard tubes. The next day, Graham took a tube from a roll of Christmas wrapping paper and started blowing. A couple of hours later he had the circular breathing technique licked, and he was hooked. In order to learn more, Graham visited the library to listen to the very few recordings which were then available of traditional Aboriginal music from Australia. Over the next two years he gradually worked out the basic techniques of the instrument and in his final year at B.U. completed a research project examining the acoustics of the didgeridoo. It was ten years before he was able to visit Arnhemland to learn from the Aboriginal masters of the instrument. He spent three months in early 1992 living on Elcho Island, in northern Australia, attending ceremonies and studying the traditional playing techniques of the area.

"...didgeridoo wizardry...****" -Pulse

After the demise of Outback, Ian Campbell and Graham combined drums and a "live sampling" technique that Graham was developing and began hitting the streets of Britain again. In the summer of 1993, they performed a now legendary all-night jam session on battery power in the middle of a field at Glastonbury. After running out of material, they appeased the clamoring audience by improvising and found that the crowd liked it even more. This night decided the future direction of the band and Dr. Didg was born...
 

With guitarist Mark Revell contributing guitar, the group continued to record and tour the UK. In February 1993, Graham was invited by drummer Mickey Hart to join the Grateful Dead at their Mardi Gras show at the Oakland Coliseum. (Graham later recorded with Mickey, samples of which were later included on two Mickey Hart albums, MICKEY HART'S MYSTERY BOX and PLANET DRUM- SUPRALINGUA). In 1994, Dr. Didg signed to Hannibal Records.

In 2000 Graham moved from England to Boston and put together a new band there. They have been a favorite on the festival scene, including legendary performances at High Sierra, BerkFest and AllGood. They have opened for and jammed with The String Cheese Incident, including a fantastic third set extravaganza at Horning's Hideout OR. They have been touring hard all over America, putting 60,000 miles on their van in the past 18 months.

In May 2002 Dr. Didg signed a new record deal with Narada Records. The first record, called "Dust Devils" is already finished and will be released on September 17. The album grew out of Graham's dissatisfaction with the various remixes that had been done of his music over the years. Teaming up again with Mark Revell, they set out to show how the didgeridoo could be used as a fundamental rhythmic driving force in electronic dance music. After doing a couple of tracks for the fun of it, the results were so good that they carried on writing tunes and came up with 12 tracks of varied and eclectic music, now being released as the album "Dust Devils".

Steve Grzeskowiak was born in Vancouver, Canada, and came to America to study guitar at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Taught by John Damien and Mick Goodrick, he has gone on to become a much sought-after player in the New York City music scene. He has played with Blues Traveler, Angelique Kidjo and slam poet Patricia Smith. He joined former Dr. Didg and current Dickey Betts drummer Mark Greenberg for Greenberg's "Pimp the Cat" project. His unique style and carefully constructed solos have taken the band to a new level.

Mike Weafer is also Berklee trained. He studied funk and jazz bass with Bruce Gertz and Joe Santerre. He has a strong interest in roots reggae, and has played with many Boston area bands, including reggae band "The Well" and hip-hop / funk outfit "Uncle Trouble", which features MC Kabir Sen. His solid bass playing has brought a whole new dimension to the Dr. Didg sound, giving the band greater freedom to weave around the loops that Graham creates.

Ryan Krieger started playing drums at the age of four, and began recording and producing by the age of 16. He showed a strong natural talent from an early age, and also has perfect pitch. From 1998 to 2000 he toured with New York City hardcore legends "The Cro-Mags", and has also played and recorded lots of avant-garde and ambient music. His powerful sound and fine sense of groove have meshed perfectly with the loop-based music of Dr. Didg, adding significantly to the irresistible groove that has audiences dancing all over America.

 

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