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     Evening Performances
     6:30 to 9:00 pm at IGNCA Amphitheatre

sunday 7th march at 6.30 pm

 

It is played with continuously vibrating lips to produce the drone while using a special breathing technique called circular breathing. This requires breathing in through the nose whilst simultaneously expelling stored air out of the mouth using the tongue and cheeks. By use of this technique, a skilled player can sustain a note for almost half an hour. A Fellow of the British Society wrote that the didgeridoo functions "...as an aural kaleidoscope of timbres" and that "the extremely difficult virtuoso techniques developed by expert performers find no parallel elsewhere”.

Traditionally, the didgeridoo was primarily played as an accompaniment to ceremonial dancing and singing and for surviving Aboriginal groups of northern Australia, the didgeridoo is still an integral part of ceremonial life, as it accompanies singers and dancers in surviving cultural ceremonies. However today, the majority of didgeridoo playing is for recreational purposes only.

William Barton is one of Australia’s leading Didgeridoo players and composers and a powerful advocate for the wider perceptionof his cultural traditions. He was taught the instrument by his uncle, an elder of the Waanyi, Lardil and Kalkadunga tribes of western Queensland. He  played his first classical concert at the age of 17 and has collaborated with Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe in ‘Sculthorpe’s Requiem performed by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in the UK. The recording of Earth Cry and other works were rearranged to include the didgeridoo and was nominated for the Best Classical Album in the 2004 ARIA Awards.

Further collaborations include   The Concerto for Didgeridoo   with Sean Boyle, Ross Edwards and George Warren as well as with Liza Lim’s work for orchestra didgeridoo and flute premiered at the Sydney Opera House in 2006 and then in Munich (2007). William’s own compositions include Songs of the Mother Country and Journey of the Rivers performed at the Pompidou Centre, Paris. William has traveled extensively in Europe and continues to appear at music festivals in Australia and around the world.



 

 

   

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