William Barton, didgeridoo
William Barton William is one of Australia’s leading didgeridoo players and composers and is a powerful advocate for the wider perception of his cultural traditions. Born in Mount Isa, he was taught the instrument by his uncle, an elder of the Waanyi, Lardil and Kalkadunga tribes of western Queensland. He was appointed Musician-in-residence with the Queensland Orchestra in 2002/2003 and has since widely toured and performed with the orchestra. In 2003, William was awarded a Freedman Fellowship, assisting him to promote the didgeridoo here and overseas. William tours nationally and internationally collaborating with composers, performing with orchestras, and recording.
The Song Company
Since its inception in 1984, The Song Company has evolved into one of the world’s most interesting and critically acclaimed vocal ensembles. With a repertoire encompassing everything from 10th Century vocal music to contemporary avante garde, The Song Company’s stylistic diversity has earned it an impressive following, both at home and abroad. Under the Artistic Directorship of Roland Peelman, this six-voice ensemble regularly tours to such renowned events as the Dubrovnik Festival, MDR Sommerfest, Festival of Flanders and the Melbourne International Festival of the Arts.
The human voice is an amazing thing and none demonstrate this better than the six singers of The Song Company. Their concentration, precision and sheer stamina are evident throughout as one. The Sydney Morning Herald
Allan Chawner, photography *
Allan’s work as a photographer is based around notions of sense of place in portraiture and in landscape. His response to identity, both of the self and of the many communities he has visited and photographed has resulted in an ever-growing body of work, much of which was developed in collaboration with fellow artists and seen in venues outside mainstream art galleries. Recent solo-exhibitions were shown in Wellington (NZ), Gloucester (AU) and La Rochelle (FR). He is Associate Professor of Fine Art at the University of Newcastle.
* Photography only in Perth, Geraldton and Darwin