Regional Touring Program

Kalkadunga Man 2011

The Song Company, William Barton and Alan Chawner
Perth, Geraldton, Carnarvon, Exmouth, Broome, Beagle Bay, Djarindjin/Lombadina, One Arm Point, Kununurra, Darwin and Batchelor

Tura New Music is delighted to present Kalkadunga Man as its 8th regional tour in 7 years.

An absorbing sonic and visual experience of the Australian night and day as seen through the eyes of William Barton. A celebrated musician who has elevated the didgeridoo to the world’s concert stages, William delves into his own roots in the country around Mt Isa where he grew up.

A soul-searching visit to the Kalkadunga people in July 2008 was accompanied by acclaimed photographer Allan Chawner and became the starting point for this project. Featured is some of the most evocative vocal music written in Australia combined with the visceral sounds of the ‘didg’. Chawner’s powerful photographic images of the Kalkadunga land are integrated beautifully into the performance.

The Song Company is Australia’s leading vocal ensemble. It embraces music from around the world and across the ages. In collaboration with artists of the highest caliber, it aims to achieve a distinctive and dynamic new voice, relevant to audiences of today and tomorrow.

“Kalkadunga Man is a fascinating and moving reconnection, not just with Barton’s heritage, but with the way sounds become meaning and meaning becomes culture¦ Add The Song Company’s fond characterisations and you end up with a vivid slice of a past life.” Harriet Cunningham, Sydney Morning Herald (2009)

The Kalkadunga Man Tour will present public concerts, workshops and demonstrations, community performances and school presentations.


‘An astonishing display of ensemble virtuosity.’ Sydney Morning Herald

‘music making of the highest order.’ The Australian