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Smily | TEDxTokyo 2011

Next-generation Japanese didgeridoo performer SMILY first heard the otherworldly tones of the quintessential Australian wind instrument while studying abroad in Oz. He continued practicing the “didge” on his own after returning to Japan, later adding beatbox and drum and bass rhythms to produce an unimaginable range of sound.

SMILY says he’s obsessed with the didgeridoo’s simple charm and its deep integration with beatbox sounds. He gets solid respect in the instrument’s land of origin, where major player hangout Didgeridoo Breath recently called him “an incredible didge player [who] taught us some great tricks.”

SMYLY is active as both a solo artist and in collaborations with a wide range of artists, including Finnish beatbox phenom Felix Zenger and UK cabaret singer/jazz gypsy Gabby Young. He also finds time to help with the family business—a pension near Shirahama Beach in Izu.

Learn more about SMILY Website