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Wiliam Barton - Performer and composer - contemporary instrumentalist improviser of extended technique of the didgeridoo

Barton with the Australian Youth Orchestra and Maestro Eschenbach Ulrichusen August 2013

William Barton - Australia

William has been playing didgeridoo for over 20 years where he first started to learn the instrument in Mount Isa, far north western Queensland. Community engagement with audience from early age. Working with traditional dance groups and fusion/rock jazz bands, orchestras, string quartets and mixed ensembles. touring internationally since age of 15 years old. First performance with professional orchestra as soloist 17 years old.

A 2012 ARIA award winner for best classical album Kalkadungu.

"My passion is to create a journey for people through music and present to them a diversity in musical styles with the didgeridoo and engage with audiences about the uniqueness of Australia. It has been a specific passion of mine to work closely with classical music and composers to develop and sustain music for the didgeridoo in this environment"

Other instruments played: electric and acoustic guitar and Bass

Some major highlights

●G'day USA tour with Adelaide Symphony Orchestra - Carnegie Hall

●City of London Festival

●Commissioned to write and perform world premiere of new work written for members of Berlin Philharmonic - Sydney Opera House northern foyer 20th November 2010

●Private concert presentation for Queen Sofia of Spain

●World Expo Shanghai

●Una Notte Australiana (An Australian Night) at the Vatican Museums'Rome

●Asia Pacific Cities Summit-Brisbane Lord Mayors delegation,Korea

● Special guest with Iva Davies and Ice Houseat the Fire and Floodfundraiser Sound Relief concert at the Sydney Cricket Ground

●Beijing 2008 Olympics - Opening ceremony, one of three Australian composers

●60th Anniversary of Bilateral relations -EgyptandAustralia

●Year of FriendshipSeoul,Korea

●Australian Roadshow,Buenos AiresSouth America

●Anzac Day, Anzac Cove

●London Philharmonic Orchestra Royal Festival Hall

●Timeless Dancers - Queensland Ballet European tour music by Barton

●40 minute work composer for the Leigh Warren and Dancers premiered at Womadelaide

●Tour of Italy with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Awards and Accolades

Honorary doctorate recipient Griffith University 2009 http://www3.griffith.edu.au/03/ertiki/tiki


honorary doctorate recipient Sydney University 2010 http://sydney.edu.au/senate/HonBarton.shtml

Ambassador for Australian Made Australian Grown campaign

Friend Of Australia - Tourism Australia

Lord Mayors Fellowship recipient Brisbane City Council

Co-winner of the Music Council of Australia/Freedman foundation Fellowship for Classical Music

Scholarship recipient to Fabrica multi media Treviso Italy

excerpt from Berliner Philharmoniker:

Rattle afterwards said that Barton's performance had left a profound impact on him. "He's one of the great virtuosos," 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. He radiates. You watch him and think, this is impressive. But the players were very happy to have made the connection. The point is to make the step. And I think everyone learned from everybody else, and everybody has made contact. That's just the start."

William Barton

Producer and Composer

(HonDMus Syd, D Univ Griffith)

Aunty Delmae Barton - Song writer, poet, performing artist and painteDelmae Barton

Aunty Delmae Barton was born in Emerald central Queensland A descendant of the Bidjara tribe on her mother's side and has a had a long life journey of performance and a vast array of collaborative projects in regional Australia, national arts centres in our capital cities as well as representing Australia on the international stage from Canada to UK, Italy, France and China

Widely recognised as Australia's Dreamtime Opera Diva, Aunty Delmae's career highlights among many include: 2011 Youtube Symphony Orchestra "Jam Session concert" at the Basement in Sydney. Special guest at the Una Notte Australiana (An Australian Night) at the Vatican Museums' which was held at the Vatican in Rome as a celebration of the Cananisation of Mary Mckillop and the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art works in the Vatican Museum (clothing sponsor was dressed for success).

In 2009 was a special performance for Queen Sofia of Spain in which Delmae recited a special poem and cultural and spiritual blessing in a private concert at the conservatorium of Sydney NSW. Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in China. The Following month of September 5th 2008 Delmae was invited to especially perform at the inauguration of Lady Quentin Bryce as Governor General of Australia. Other travels include Delmae being a guest at the Victorian University Wellington, New Zealand as part of a social science conference and the later half of 2007 Delmae performed at the Maori Ministry and the World Indigenous Higher Education Conference held in Waikato Hawaii as a delegate from Griffith University. Another part of Delmae's touring schedule was as Guest artist at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music and Culture Centre in Townsville. Delmae also appeared as special guest for son William Barton on the Australian Story ABC TV 2007.

In 2006 Delmae was featured guest artist at the Pompidou Centre in Paris and in 2005 Delmae was a resident at the International multimedia facility, Fabrica Musica in Treviso, Italy collaborating with William and other musicians to present the Songlines project at the Naples Music Festival latter that year, Delmae's artwork was also used as a feature in the project with the music.

May 2005 Delmae was a guest workshop presenter in London working with youth in the YESS program in association with the London Philharmonic Education program

Delmae has been involved with a number of education faculties over the years and in 2005 was appointed elder in residence at Griffith University in Brisbane as cultural advisor for students and members of Griffith University. Delmae is part of the Murri Court Justice system in Queensland and attends court hearings regularly in her capacity as elder in residence with Griffith University.She has performed at numerous festivals and has collaborated with people from various music genres including collaborating with Sean O'Boyle for the Queensland Orchestra's education concerts 2005 and for the Brisbane Energex River Festival's River Symphony in 2000, Millennium eve rhythm festival and televised world link up at Woodford Folk Festival 99/00; Goanna Band reunion at the Melbourne International Festival of the Arts 98 The International Cultural Festival, Laura - Cape York. During the 2004 Brisbane International Film Festival Delmae was a guest judge on the Interfaith jury panel for the films. Delmae has collaborated in prestigious performances with the Queensland Ballet Company for their International Gala at the Brisbane Optus Playhouse and on the Gold CoastA highlight of 2004 was the release of her album Spirit Song supported by fashion designer Liz Davenport at her Brisbane store. Liz Davenport also made a special creation for Delmae to wear at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

Other performances and collaborations have included working with her son William Barton on a new album to be released by the end of 2011 and concerts at the Canberra International Music Festival, Canberra Folk Festival and concerts with classical guitarist Anthony Garcia. Most recently Delma performed at a fundraiser specially organized by the Queensland Police Pipes and Drums Band to helf raise funds for the Japanese people who were affected by the Earthquake and Tsunami in 2011

In 2002 Delmae represented Australia and New Zealand as guest artist at the World Indigenous People Conference on Higher Education in Canada.

Delmae's past and present clothing sponsors have included, Liz Davenport and Dressed for Success and Toni Baker of Nutrimetics

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