Damian Draghici reappears
- Damian called me last week...he's not playing much pan flute anymore,
mostly leading his group of Damian and Brothers in a large gypsy
Interestingly, he talked about how he is much more relaxed and can
smile and dance around while playing tapan, (bass drum). When I watch
the videos I am certainly caught up in a great colourful spectacle
full of appealing characters. Damian does look like he's having a
very good time...energetic, sexy, a little rough, eye-catching.
If you enjoy these cultures, (Roma) Gypsy, Romanian, and just enjoy a
very exciting show, take a look.
I think we can learn a lot about presentation here...and how people
don't come to see how fast you can play your triple-tongued
arpeggios, but rather to catch the essence of the person, the
performer...Damian said that he has put on weight, grown a beard, and
is not the world's best tapan player....but that the crowds treat him
like the second coming of a saviour rock star. His great natural
energy exudes and you become part of it. This is not about whether or
not you like a drum, or pan flute or a dancer.
At high levels a great artist can play or sing or perform in almost
any way...the originality and essentially, the love is there. Watch a
video of Israel Kamakawiwo'ole on his ukelele, on http://
Or Damian...pan flute, drum, ukulele...all great.
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