Powerhouse Museum recently programmed a series of free events on a Thursday night which run from 5 to 9pm.
Most recently Australia’s preeminent didgeridoo player William Barton was invited to create an evening of indigenous talent ranging from musicians, filmmakers and performers representing a journey through Australian First Nation cultural history. Alongside collaborator and violinist Veronique Serret, Barton performed an original composition piece as a tribute to his mother Delmae, after a year where he had not been able to physically connect with her.
As a well known singer in her own right Delmae joyfully took the stage with her son and performed poetry and song. There was also an exhibition of some of her artwork as well as other first nation collaborators contributing videos.
William Barton is widely recognised as Australia’s leading didgeridoo players and one of its most gifted composers. By the age of twelve he was in Sydney playing for Aboriginal dance troupes. Touring both nationally and internationally since he was fifteen, Barton has played as a soloist for the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Barton has recorded a number of orchestral works and won an Aria Award for Best Classical Album in 2012.