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William Barton: Playing Lyrical Landscapes

William Barton In Concert

Where the music of William Barton meets the visual splendor of William Robinson’s awe-inspiring works of art…

The HOTA Gallery has found the heartbeat for the second major exhibition, Lyrical Landscapes: The Art of William Robinson.

Internationally renowned didgeridoo player, composer, and multi-instrumentalist William Barton will join HOTA for a weeklong residency. Culminating in an immersive concert, hear the creation of a rhythmic, musical response to the work of William Robinson.

Joined by Véronique Serret, Aunty Delmae and Vanessa Tomlinson, HOTA Gallery will come to life with a multi-sensory exhibition experience. Recreating moments from their acclaimed Sydney Festival performance, Heartland – an invitation into landscape, culture, language and Country, Robinson’s multi-panelled canvases will flow in rhythm with Barton’s music.

Presented by HOTA, Home of the Arts

About the artists

William Barton is Australia’s leading didgeridoo player as well as composer, instrumentalist and vocalist. William first learnt the instrument from his uncle, Arthur Peterson, an elder of the Wannyi, Lardil and Kalkadunga people and was working from an early age with traditional dance groups and fusion/rock jazz bands, orchestras, string quartets, and mixed ensembles.

Throughout his diverse career he has forged a path in the classical musical world, from the London and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras to historic events at Westminster Abbey for Commonwealth Day 2019, at Anzac Cove in Gallipoli and for the Beijing Olympics.

His awards include Winner of Best Original Score for a Mainstage Production at the 2018 Sydney Theatre Awards and Winner of Best Classical Album with an ARIA for Birdsong At Dusk in 2012. In 2021 he was the recipient of the prestigious Don Banks Music Award from the Australia Council. William is currently developing a new musical language, epitomised in Heartland, in partnership with Aunty Delmae Barton and violinist Véronique Serret.

Aunty Delmae Barton, Singer, songwriter, and poet, Delmae Barton was born in Emerald, Central Queensland and is a descendant of the Bidjara tribe on her mother’s side. Aunty Delmae has had a long life-journey of performance and a vast array of collaborative projects in regional Australia, at national arts centres in our capital cities as well as representing Australia on the international stage – from the Songlines of Carnavon Central Queensland Australia, to the Cananization of Saint Mary MacKillop, Vatican City – Rome, Italy , to Austria, Canada,UK, France, and China.

Véronique Serret has established herself as a versatile violinist whose repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary art music, folk, rock and improvisation.

Véronique’s strong classical background has seen her work extensively with Sydney Dance Company, Bangarra Dance, Ensemble Offspring, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Darwin Symphony.

She has led string sections for many artists including Jonsi, Fleet Foxes, Neil Finn, Tim Minchin, Sarah Blasko and can be heard on many Australian albums, films and TV. Veronique is currently touring festivals nationally as Concertmaster for Gurrumul’s Bunggul, writing for her duo project with didgeridoo master William Barton and developing her own work on 6 string electric violin blended with voice and electronics.

Vanessa Tomlinson’s bold artistic vision places soundmaking at its centre. She explores the embodied knowledge of making and performing through place-led compositions, using mostly acoustic instruments, to create new connections, memories, and potentials with a broad community of listeners. Recent work includes The Boundary Riders and The Oxbow as part of Easter at the Piano Mill; Beacons, a trio for acoustic instruments, electronics and ocean co-composed by Lawrence English; The Space Inside solo for tamtam on Room40 label; and The Listening Museum exploring sonic possibilities in the working factory of UAP. Vanessa has been artist-in-residence at The Smithsonian Institute, Civatelli Ranieri, Bundanon National Trust, Harrigans Lane Collective and Asialink (China) and published two books Here and Now: Artistic Research in Australia (Intelligent Arts) and The Piano Mill (URO Publications).

Adding to the sonic splendour, will be composer, producer and double bassist Sam Pankhurst.

Eats & Drinks

Enhance your evening, by experiencing our Lyrical Landscapes 5 course degustation menu with wine pairings, prior to the show.

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