William Barton: Birdsong at Dusk
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Label: ABC Classics
Cat No: ABC4810962
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 6th October 2014
Works7/8 Not too late
Birdsong at dusk
ArtistsWilliam Barton (didgeridoo, guitar, vocals)
Delmae Barton (vocals)
John Rodgers (violin)
Kurilpa String Quartet
Barton’s new offering, 'Birdsong at Dusk', presents an album that seamlessly fuses Aboriginal indigenous music and classical music. William explains: “I was inspired to write Birdsong at Dusk at a friend's beach house in Mango Avenue in Mackay, in far north-western Queensland. The waves of the ocean were floating upon the sand while the birds were singing their song. With a piano close to the verandah, I began to write: overlooking the inlet on a low tide, the sun drifting to meet the sky, I listened to the birdsong at dusk.”
William has a regular presence in the Northern Hemisphere as a performer. He premiered Sculthorpe’s Requiem at the Litchfield Festival in 2007, performed at the opening ceremony at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, has jammed with violinst Lara St John on the chaconne from Bach’s second partita and appeared as a soloist with the London and Berlin Philharmonic after which conductor Sir Simon Rattle said ‘It's a sound I had heard before, but never with that sort of technique. The possibilities are extraordinary. This is a great man’.
William played his first classical concert with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra at the age of 17. Through his collaborations and projects, William aims to present the virtuosic potential of his instrument and the richness of his heritage and Australian culture to audiences throughout the world. William hopes that by infusing indigenous aboriginal sounds with ‘western’ music, audiences will look beyond the exotic antiquity of the instrument and respect the considerable technique, stamina and study, equal to that demanded of any conventional classically trained professional musician.
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