William Barton was immersed in traditional art and culture as a child, learning the didgeridoo from his uncle, Arthur Peterson, an elder of the Waanyi, Lardil and Kalkadunga people. From humble beginnings, his mastery of the instrument has led him on an exceptional path and has seen the didgeridoo and Barton’s distinct musical sound featured in concert halls around the world
Increasingly creating his own powerful collection of compositions, William Barton’s music evokes the rich complexities of the Australian landscape and experience. This same distinct voice has led Barton to collaborate on the Finding Our Voice initiative – a nationwide program curated by Genevieve Lacey that connects vital musical voices and illuminates their incredible stories in one, connected, long-form festival.
“Australia is rich in brilliant music makers. Finding Our Voice creates a national portrait in sound of our most exciting composers, working in wildly diverse ways. We’re passionate about introducing them, their stories, and their music to you. Listening to them helps us hear, celebrate, and connect with one another, and our country.”- Finding Our Voice Artistic Director, Genevieve Lacey
This one-time event will feature Barton alongside his hand-picked ensemble of exceptional classical and jazz-fusion colleagues Simon Barker, Scott Tinkler, Véronique Serret, Chloe Kim and includes the premiere of a new work commissioned by the Sydney Opera House’s as part of its New Work Now funding initiative. Barton’s world premiere is created in collaboration with Simon Barker (drums) and Scott Tinkler (trumpet).
Finding Our Voice is supported by UKARIA, the Australian Government's Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund, and the following individuals and foundations: Ulrike Klein AO, Berg Family Foundation, The Yulgilbar Foundation, The Aranday Foundation, Playking Foundation and Julie Kantor AO.