Stephen Kent - Since the early 1980’s luminary multi-instrumentalist and acclaimed composer Stephen Kent has carved a deep groove in multiple genres of contemporary music pioneering the use of the Australian Aboriginal Didjeridu (Didgeridoo) in the modern world. Born in Britain and raised in East Africa he came to the Didjeridu while Music Director of Australia’s national contemporary circus, Circus Oz (1981-83), traveling deep into the bush and seeking permission from Aboriginal elders to bring the ancient instrument to the contemporary world. His work as a cultural ambassador with the Didjeridu also inspires his work in education and he is in demand as a teacher and lecturer both on Didgeridoo techniques but also to give it cultural context in private lessons, schools, colleges, senior centers and wider afield on the high seas presenting on board cruise ships in the southern hemisphere. In a working career for over 30 years with the Didjeridu, he has performed in 5 continents and at many globally renowned festivals including: Leipzig Jazz Festival, Zurich Jazz Festival, New Musiques Actuelles, New York International Arts Festival, San Francisco International Arts Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Beloved, Joshua Tree Music Festival, Glastonbury Festival, Other Minds Festival, Ndola Trade Fair (Zambia), Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Globalquerque (USA), Womad(UK), Le Reve De L’Aborigene (France) Dreamtime Festival (Berlin) among countless others. Stephen will perform once again at the festival with global trance-dance innovators Baraka Moon.
Trevor Green - This didjeridoo aficionado is spirited, deep, soul-stirring and thought provoking. Trevor Green is a one man force of nature. Fusing world, funk, folk and jam rock into a high energy performance, Trevor’s music has a strong universal appeal. Last year Trevor toured the Australian Outback with his family to embrace and learn from the Aboriginal culture and the story behind the Yidaki (didgeridoo). The versatile (understatement) multi-instrumentalist who makes use of vocals, guitars (6 and 12 string, lap, slide, banjo, mandolin and ukulele), didgeridoo, stomp box, and harmonica is truly a breath of fresh air. The skill set of this finger-style guitartists free form artistic ability, combined with enthusiasm and love of cultured music is showcased in raw, live, unedited fashion. His most recent album was recorded here in Joshua Tree with Robbi Robb (3rd Ear Experience) and Chris Unck (Lucky Bones, High Lonesome Studios). His connection to our surroundings run deep, and his positive spirit and huge heart are a big part of this festival (this is Trevor’s 6th JTMF appearance).