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William Barton

William Barton

Art Forms: Composition, Music/Sound, Performance

Residency Years: 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018

Lives / Works: Australia

William Barton is one of Australia’s leading didgeridoo players and composers. Born in Mount Isa, he was taught the instrument by his uncle, an elder of the Waanyi, Lardil and Kalkadunga tribes of western Queensland. William played his first classical concert with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra at the age of 17. Since then he has collaborated with many internationally renowned composers including Australia’s Peter Sculthorpe, Ross Edwards, Liza Lim, Sean O’Boyle, Philip Bračanin, and George Warren from the USA. An ARIA award winner for Best Classical Album, Kalkadungu, in 2012 has subsequently led to more commissions and world premieres of work for didgeridoo, classical ensemble and Symphony Orchestra.

Barton spent time at Bundanon in 2018, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011 and 2010.

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Bundanon acknowledges the Wodi Wodi and the Yuin, of the South Coast region, and recognises their continuous connection to culture, community and Country.

In Dharawal the word Bundanon means deep valley.

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