Welcome to My Digital Cave!
This blog is an expression of who I am: A Digital Caveman–A hairless ape existing in a digitized environment ordered by a series of ones and zeros; yet, still a slave to the same ancient impulses that have had Man & Woman haphazardly bouncing around the globe for eons. My expression through words, music, video and images are a mere attempt to make sense of my own cave and find balance amidst the ironies of our modern electronic existence.
A native of Miami, Jared Bistrong was born and raised in a family of seven children. His family has a south Florida heritage dating back to the early 1800′s and are descendents of the original “Conchs”, the first true home builders and settlers to live in south Florida. As a writer, teacher, musician, and multimedia artist, Jared lives on South Beach with his wife and son.
Jared Bistrong & Ramin Yazdanpanah are the “Digital Caveman Collective”. . .two ancient didgeridudes trapped in a modern digital environment. To survive in an era defined by a combination of 1’s & 0’s, the Digital Caveman stays balanced by connecting to a primordial past through hand-made organic instruments such as Didgeridoos, Djembes, Cajons, Udu’s and other instruments from around the world. The DC Collective have been making, playing and teaching the didgeridoo together for the last 15 years and have played all over the world. Both college professors, Jared & Ramin use a combination of ancient tools & modern digital tools to tell stories about the human condition. Their performances open up pathways for audiences to take their own journeys back through history giving all who hear their sound a stronger sense of their own modern digital self. They are true digital cave dwellers!
This was a live performance at the “For The Love Of Music” festival in little Haiti at the Earth n’ Us farm. What a Miami gem, tucked away out of sight in the middle of little Haiti. I got the opportunity to call up Sean Dibble & John Zingale; two members of “The Tribe”, Miami’s original percussion ensemble. The Tribe began gigging in the 1980’s. Original members include my older brother, Bryan Bistrong, Sean Dibble, and John Zingale. As a young teenager, to me, these guys were the coolest, hands down. When I began to play hand drums in my early 20’s I idolized the Tribe. They had toured Europe and played on the title track of Julio Iglesias’s grammy winning album, “Noche de Cuatro Lunas”. They were fifteen years ahead of the times and today, are still at the forefront of percussion ensembles. It was an honor to have them as accompaniment; unfortunately, my brother was not present; but plenty more where this came from.
As a Digital Caveman, I often wonder about life as a digital cave dweller. I remember in the early 2000’s when digital cameras began to show up and photography traditionalists were still stuck on the notion that went something like … Continue reading →