William Barton delivered an intimate evening performance at aMBUSH Gallery alongside staff and students from the ANU School of Music.
aMBUSH Gallery and Kambri at ANU teamed up with the Canberra International Music Festival to present innovative music by exceptional artists.
For two decades, William Barton has forged a peerless profile as a performer and composer in the classical music world, from the Philharmonic Orchestras of London and Berlin to historic events at Westminster Abbey for Commonwealth Day 2019, Anzac Cove and the Beijing Olympics.
William Barton is a Kalkadunga man, didjeridu player, electric guitarist, and classically trained composer. His didjeridu virtuosity and knowledge of classical music has made him the favoured didjeridu soloist around the world.
Barton’s compositions create relationships between his didjeridu, singing in language and diverse classical ensembles. Compositional highlights include the beautiful Birdsong at Dusk for didjeridu, voice and string quartet, and Kalkadungu, his large-scale orchestral collaboration with composer Matthew Hindson. Kalkadungu won the 2012 ARIA for Best Classical Album. William Barton has said of his music:
“I’m doing what I love. I want to take the oldest culture in the world and blend it with Europe’s rich musical legacy.”
“I guess what I’m doing is giving back: giving back to my culture and my people because I was given something when I was very young and like the old fellas who taught me years ago, I’m just passing it on.”
ABOUT CANBERRA INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL:
Canberra International Music Festival (CIMF) is a not-for-profit organisation and registered charity that presents an annual art music festival.
CIMF has achieved a national reputation for presenting an art music program that is highly innovative and of exceptional quality. Their audiences experience performances that are considered provoking, vibrant and uplifting.