Wednesday 21 July, 8pm
Adelaide Town Hall
Running time approx 60 minutes, no interval
A Res $55
A Res Concession $50
B Res $45
B Res Concession $40
Event cancelled: due to the SA lockdown in July 2021, this concert can no longer go ahead. Ticket buyers will be contacted and refunds arranged.
Bushfires, desert sand and heritage entwine in an evening of music with William Barton and the Australian String Quartet (ASQ).
The ARIA-winning digeridoo player and composer will reunite with the Adelaide-based ASQ for a program inspired by the land and its stories, featuring music composed by Barton himself.
Along with works from Australian composers Peter Sculthorpe, Sarah Hopkins and a world premiere from Natalie Williams, Barton and the ASQ will also perform the score to their seminal collaboration Square Circles Beneath the Red Desert Sand. The work draws on the spirits of Barton’s homeland on Kalkadunga Country (Mt Isa) and seeks out the common resonances between two musical traditions that evolved on opposite sides of the world.
Sarah Hopkins, Reclaiming the Spirit
Peter Sculthorpe, String Quartet no 11 Jabiru Dreaming
(ASQ with William Barton, didgeridoo)
Natalie Williams, Black Summer*
World Premiere (ASQ and silent film)
Iain Grandage, After Silence
William Barton, Square Circles Beneath the Red Desert Sand**
(ASQ with William Barton, didgeridoo, vocals)
*Composed for the Albert H Maggs Award, 2018 (from the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, University of Melbourne). “Black Summer” refers to the 2019–20 Australian bushfire season.
**Commissioned in 2016 by UKARIA, Port Fairy Spring Music Festival and ASQ
Warning: Black Summer contains historical reportage of bushfires, and their resultant devastation, from across Australia. Some viewers may find this content confronting. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that it may contain images of deceased persons.