Since joining together to create SpiritWinds, we have embarked on what we see is to be a lifetime journey of making, playing and connecting people to the flute. The adventures it has taken us on so far have served to further awaken in us a desire to help reignite the understanding of how music can heal the heart. There are many people who find that the soothing tones of the flute are able to create a sense of deep stillness and wonder within them and it is this feeling that we hope spreads to affect the world in a positive way.
Played on a low C#
Perhaps the greatest treasure that we both received from "the Great Sandy Island" was the gift of the flute. It was through a succession of dreams while hiking that Tony learnt how to make the flute (having never played music or made instruments before and certainly having known nothing of Native American traditions!). During this time, Debruoniva too had been dreaming of a map of Fraser Island and a man playing a strange flute. We will both be forever grateful for the blessings that were brought forth into our lives and the world through the gift of our dreams.
Played on an F#
In many traditions around the world there are stories of how our ancestors watch over us from a parallel world and that if we still ourselves long enough to listen they will reach out and touch us with their silent whispers. There are many places on Fraser Island where we could literally feel those who have walked before us reaching across from their world to speak to our hearts.
Played on an E
The enormous trees that once populated Fraser Island had mostly been logged prior to it being recognised for its ecological significance. Still, a few of them remain as echoes of a past where stillness reigned and peace was a given.
Played on a low D
Both Tony and I were at great points of change in our lives when we individually went hiking on the World Heritage listed Fraser Island, a magnificent place of natural beauty and wonder. The shifting sands of the dunes served to remind us that everything comes and everything goes and to be grateful that change is a natural process.
Played on an F#
After being asked many a time - can we make the sax in a middle eastern scale, we've finally done it and created what we call the "Saxaduk" as it sounds very much like the middle eastern double reeded instrument the duduk. Here's an mp3 of the scale and a tune.
Here's a sample of Debruoniva feeling "All Saxed Up" on an A Pentatonic Sax.