"Tarshito is one of Australias most unique and refreshing ambient
Lila is an exciting mix of West and East.They have captured the
feeling that makes for a special blend with their lively and celebratory
Richard Giles,Insight 2001.
"..freeflowing,vibrant &unique style...beautifully positive in
expression...imaginative,well performed... beats "mainstream" by a yard in
originality stakes.." (Tribal
Dolphusion) Jaya Lewis,White Light 2000.
"Wicked and soulful. This album is a musical treat that deserves a
listen. Driven by a couple of Australia's finest new-age musos and supported by
a fantastic grab-bag of artists from the North Coast of NSW (collectively known
as Tribal Dolphusion), it works!
It has an unmistakable Tarshito acid jazz backbone with a great
diversity of grooves and melody lines. The Dr Didge Dolphin Didjeridu has been
used sensitively and sensibly throughout and the smattering of whale and dolphin
song tie it all to its inspirational roots.
The album subtly challenges us to look at our relationship with the
aquatic mammals around us - the whales and seals and dolphins and to inject our
lives with more play and respect. Commercially, that slant has been given quite
a workout over the years and it's unsettling to think that this gem might be
lost to many due to the market saturation.
The outstanding musical elements are many - from the haunting voice of
Chris James, and Sangeet's sitar to the very groovy flute playing of Peter
Haddock. The rhythm section includes Dolphin Dave and Chinta who give us
everything from West African Djembe pulse to Cuban dance music - always tight
My favorite track is certainly 'Playphin' - a joyous and melodious
combination that gave the album meaning for me."
If you like dolphin song, if you like good Didj'n and dramatic rhythm
from hand percussion - this is the album for you.
Alive and funky, this album frequently uses melody as a backdrop for the
grooves. The roots of the album are the same as 'Tribal Dolphusion' with
different cuts of similar tracks - the 'Tribal Dolphusion' album comes across as
the commercial product and 'Dolphins, Didge & Drums', the foundation though
it stands well on its own.
Both albums were recorded and engineered by Tarshito at his solar
powered studio in Northern NSW and assisted by Dr Didge Dolphin. Together they
work magic with Didjeridu related recordings, managing to keep a constant high
standard of reproduction and balance within a mix.
'Dolphins, Didge & Drums' is a more simple presentation than 'Tribal
Dolphusion' which may well make it more enduring.
Although very similar products to look at and (in parts) listen to,
'Dolphins, Didge & Drums' and 'Tribal Dolphusion' are stand-alone products
that both get the Karijan stamp of approval."
"Tarshito has a way of imbuing his music with his own spirit of inner
peace and good karma to bring to the listener music that is both calming and
inspirational and indeed an overall very pleasurable experience."
"This is one powerful album... Tarshito has bought together some
exceptional musicians to create this one-of-a-kind recording. It is an acid
jazz/tribal/ambient fusion with chanted vocals and calls on some tracks with an
exceptional Didjeridu presence throughout.
Tarshito is quoted in the covernotes; "The Didgeridoos were the first
instruments to be recorded. I let them 'talk to me', telling me how to proceed.
The evolved result is what you hear. May this music carry you into your
The album was recorded at Tarshito's solar-powered studio in Mullumbimby
and features two exceptional local-to-that-area Didjeridu artists in Dr. Didge
(Arpana Geeta) and Simon Nullumby. The Didj playing is tight and interesting and
complimented well by Tarshito's stunning guitar work, percussion and keys. Other
instruments featured on the recording include Sitar (played magnificently by
Sangeet), Violin and sax.
Tarshito presents a good appreciation of drone, though the album lacks
some simple melody to compliment the sensational Jazz ambience. The Jazz is
great spontaneous heart-music but a little crowded at times. My favorite track
on the album is the tiny 'Star Sweeper' for its simplicity and intensity - just
spacey keys solid drone and soaring guitar.
l Tarshito can be contacted at Kittani Music Studio, P.O. Box 794,
Mullumbimby. (066)842350 There are seventeen titles in Tarshito's catalogue and
if this is any idea of the quality of his product - I want to hear
"A breath of fresh air has entered the ambient music world..a journey of
kaleidoscopic proportions.....Tarshito has managed to take a fairly abstract
concept and turn it into a highly creative collection of instrumentals that
realy work....this beautiful music can be enjoyed by everyone and anyone...it
soothes the senses,calms the emotions and uplifts the spirit....a highly
creative and inspirational recording."
"...akin to an accoustic spa ...relaxing and refreshing" John
Bushelle,The Echo 1994
"Local musician Tarshito has done it again with another top release!"
Nexus, June 1994
"More intense llistening reveals beautiful soundscapes,good melodies and
a musicality which rivals classical music......This colaboration between some of
the Far North Coast's most imaginative musicians has resulted in an album which
is one of the best this writer has heard!" Paul Shaw (Beyond The Music
review),The Northern Star 1993
"Wow!After a hard day at them computer screen.....you'll need to rest
the brain,let your body rhythms take over,and this'll be the music to do it
with........Tarshito is an amazingly prolific musician...an Australian talent
well worth supporting." (review on Jungle
Walk) Richard Giles,Nexus 1993
Tarshito,who has been playing guitar and composing for over 40
years,also taught guitar and was a workshop instructor at various times during
his musical career. He has a wealth of experience in
arranging,composing,recording and production which has resulted in 34 albums,which are not only innovative but show his versatility with the
influences of many styles of music.
There are 4 basic workshops on improvisation,creativity and
The first is a playshop,the second and third workshops and the fourth a
1. Sound and Rhythm Playshop
This is light, easy, lots of fun and can be attended by anyone whether
they have musical experience or not.No instruments are required and this is 98%
experience and 2% talking.
The aim is to allow people to experience sounds and rhythms that they
are able to create,to access and experience the highs musicians have,and to tune
in to ourselves,others and the moment.
2. Ragas and Mantras
This is more demonstrative than the above playshop and athough it is not
essential to have any musical knowledge it is certainly advantageous. People can
bring instruments as there will be experimenting and jamming.
The workshop deals with the concept of the mantra in relation to music
and rhythm,how this is connected with tribal music and how we can use this to
connect to our own spiritual centre.
It also deals with ragas and modes and how to use these for improvising
and creating textures and moods.
I have held this workshop mainly for choirs/singers, but it applies to
all melodic instruments and anyone wishing to learn more about modes; what they
are,and how to use them and their importance for
playing,composing,improvising,jamming and creating musical textures.
4. Creativity and Sensitivity using Ragas,Mantras and
This is a listening workshop. It is basically a demonstration and
explanation of the music I have developed.The band plays various music pieces
and I answer any questions.I explain,in turn,about ragas,mantras and modes,what
they are,how they are played,how I use them in my music,what techniques are used
and how anyone else can use them and apply them to their own music or in
jamming, playing and working with other musicians.
I often use a combination of techniques from all of the above
workshops,depending on the situation. However the emphasis in all workshops is
on creativity,sensitivity,improvisation and tuning in to oneself and the energy
For more information on workshops,bookings,
feedback,links,comments,enquiries call me