Steve Sklar & Johnna Morrow | Music

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Steve Sklar & Johnna Morrow | Music

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For many years, we’ve enjoyed and benefitted from extraordinary experiences and travels with amazing people from exotic cultures. Now we love to share what we’ve learned with others.

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Steve Sklar is a musician, sound healer, and the leading teacher and performer of Khoomei (Tuvan/Mongolian throat-singing) and Tibetan “low chordal” chanting voice outside central Asia. For 20 years, he has been a friend and student of the famed Tuvan throat-singing ensemble, Huun Huur Tu, touring with them in North America and central Asia. He is a multi-instrumentalist, performing on instruments including guitar, Australian didgeridoo, igil (Tuvan horsehead fiddle), and Himalayan singing bowls.

Johnna Morrow is a musician, singer/songwriter, and sound healer. She plays the didgeridoo, numerous world flutes, acoustic guitar, singing bowls, gongs, waterphone and other exotic percussion and wind instruments, and is the only active female didgeridoo performer in MN. Mp3.com declared her “Absolutely the Most Stunning Female Vocalist you will ever hear!” In addition, Johnna is an accomplished visual artist and a longtime student and teacher of Qigong, having studied with several American and Chinese masters.

One of their specialties is music that explores and uses instruments and vocal techniques emphasizing Harmonics (overtones). Harmonics is a branch of mathematics and physics that deals with the way vibrations manifest and behave, and is an important aspect of astronomy, engineering, music, and audio technology. Many of these instruments and voices are very ancient, and produce unusual, interesting and beneficial effects on listeners. They sound amazing! Together, Steve and Johnna have led and produced recordings by the MN Music Award-winning ensemble Little Green Men, Big Sky, and the Overtone Orchestra, plus numerous collaborations including movie and video game soundtracks, and commercials. In July, 2010, they won awards for their performances at the Ustuu-Xuree World Music Festival in Chadaana, Tuva, Russia.

They’ve learned from several top Australian Aboriginal didgeridoo artists, and in 2011 founded the Worldwide Sleep Apnea-Didgeridoo Network, which serves sleep apnea patients, clinics and care providers by connecting them with local didgeridoo instructors (learning to play the didgeridoo is an effective treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea). Read a Minneapolis Star Tribune feature article about Steve's work teaching didgeridoo to sleep apnea patients, with video. Listen to samples and watch videos of Steve and Johnna in concert.

Learn more about Steve and Johnna in their October, 2015 Artist Spotlight Interview.

Sample Programs: Customizable To Site’s Needs

Performances

Didgeridoo:  The Iconic Australian Instrument

We will explore the ancient Australian Aboriginal instrument and its role in cultural contexts. This simple but complex tube, the product of a symbiotic relationship between the earth, trees, termites, and humans has a broad range of uses, including artistic, spiritual, storytelling, healing and fun! We will perform "songs", and demonstrate different animal sounds such as dingos, crocodiles, wolves and kookaburras. We can also demonstrate and explain circular breathing, which allows didgeridoo players to play for a long time without stopping to breath!

With older groups, we can add more info regarding the actual sound production of the didgeridoo and the natural mathematics and physics that are the basis of the sounds. The study of harmonics is valuable as a basic concept in many branches of science and math, presented in a fun way!

 

Heavy Metal and Hollow Trees!

This performance focuses on metal instruments such as gongs and Himalayan singing bowls, and the Australian aboriginal instrument the didgeridoo. While the metal instruments are played with sticks, mallets, and super-balls, and the didgeridoo is a wooden wind instrument, both are based on harmonics, valuable as a basic concept in many branches of science and math. All the instruments produce unusual, amazing sounds that are not just heard but felt, too!