I just got the craziest call from Marko. He recently met a girl who “met a girl on a flight home from Peru in 2011” who gave her his card. It was me! The “small world”ishness of the whole thing is that she contacted him after another referral from someone else entirely, with whom she attended a yoga retreat in Yelapa, Mexico. It was when she met Marko, on the recommendation of this other person, that she recognized him from the business card I gave her 2 years ago. (Stranger still, Marko and I vacationed together in Yelapa 3 years ago!)
Her name is Trista. She’s a yoga instructor here in Salt Lake City. Marko gave her a didjbox, The Micro, in exchange for a lesson or two. I hope to meet with her soon to discuss the benefits of the didgeridoo as pertains to breathing, i.e. meditation, pranayama. I’m planning to write an article for The Catalyst, an independent magazine here in town.
I’ll keep you posted. But… crazy, no? Small world, indeed!
After years of playing with size and dimension Marko has arrived at his desired product. The Micro comes in at 1.75″ x 5″ x 9″, and plays in the Key of C.
I love this didjbox! The back pressure is really supportive, and the tone is incredible. Rich, low, beautiful. The Micro is so small, of course, that you can cover the end with your hand, creating even more back pressure and easing the process of mastering circular breath. I begin to see how didge players get addicted to that meditative feeling.
And it’s so pretty! 🙂 The Micro is made from a solid mahogany block. I love that deep color, the sheen, and the sleek exterior. Perfect for travel! http://www.didjbox.com/
Marko has been an artist/inventor his entire professional life. He first made and sold leather barrettes in a shop he managed, Kamaran Clothing, in Salt Lake City, UT. Marko and his friends opened The General Store, a hip shop where he expanded his understanding and love of tooling leather, including drums, wall art, even swimsuits! Later, his main sources of income were contracts to sell his handmade purses to Nordstrom and other retailers.
In 1993, a friend introduced Marko to the didgeridoo and his life changed. One drone and a yelp, and he never looked back. He began crafting leather didges and teaching himself how to circular breathe.
Marko soon considered the problem of portability, and the Didjbox was born. Rough sketches yielded the first box and tweak after tweak after tweak, the rich sound quality he obtained matched that of the traditional didgeridoo. The first patent came five years after the original Original Didjbox.
Marko’s current fascination is SMALL.
Just how small can a didjbox go when a didjbox still sounds good?
I’m Christie. Marko and I were neighbors at Burning Man in 2007, delighted to learn we’re neighbors in “the default world,” too. Five years later, I joined one of Marko’s classes here in Salt Lake City. After the third lesson, I finally got circular breathing! … and promptly lost it. But now I know it’s possible, even for me. I’ll be writing about my progress, my friend, and the didgeridoo.
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Element Eleven 2011