Indigenous Classical Music with William Barton

November 10, 2023, 8:00 pm

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William Barton (center) visits LaRob K. Rafael and Kristina Lynn in the Levin Studio

On this episode of Sounds Classical, LaRob and Kristina get curious about indigenous instruments like the bone flute and how they’ve made their way into 21st century classical sounds. They are also joined by Australian Aboriginal composer and didgeridooist William Barton to discuss his journey fusing classical sounds with the music he learned from his elders!


V. “Spirit of Kalkadungu”
William Barton
Sydney Symphony/Richard Gill; William Barton, didgeridoo

The Four Seasons: Summer, RV. 315
III. “Presto”
Antonio Vivaldi
Francisco Fullana, v; Apollo’s Fire/Jeannette Sorrell

Earth Cry
Peter Sculthorpe
Queensland Symphony Orchestra/Michael Christie; William Barton, didgeridoo

The Sun
Raymond Carlos Nakai
Raymond Carlos Nakai, Navajo flute; chamber ensemble

Gustav Mahler
Bamberg Symphony/Jakub Hrůša

Film Score from River
William Barton
Australian Chamber Orchestra; William Barton, vocals

Johnny B. Goode
Chuck Berry, arr. William Barton
William Barton, didgeridoo and vocals