Thursday, 31 October 2019: William Barton and Veronique Serret +

Early Career Artist - Niki Johnson

A fusion of musical landscapes encapsulating the very essence of art culture and history. Two instruments the didgeridoo and the violin hand crafted from the trees of the earth that together transcend upon a common musical ground creating a tonal and melodically grounding journey of rhythmic energy. Like the river flow of life the bird calls of ancient whispers call out from the great escarpment of the Australian landscape to the oceans of our earth and to the universe beyond.

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William Barton is one of Australia’s leading didgeridoo players and composers.  Born in Mount Isa, he was taught the instrument by his uncle, an elder of the Waanyi, Lardil and Kalkadunga tribes of western Queensland. William played his first classical concert with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra at the age of 17. Since then he has collaborated with many internationally renowned composers including Australia’s Peter Sculthorpe, Ross Edwards, Liza Lim, Sean O’Boyle, Philip Bračanin, and George Warren from the USA. An ARIA award winner for Best Classical Album Kalkadungu in 2012 has subsequently led to more commissions and world premieres of work for didgeridoo, classical ensemble and Symphony Orchestra. Through his collaborations and projects, William aims to present the virtuosic potential of his instrument and the richness of his heritage and Australian culture to audiences throughout the world. He hopes they will see this music not just as an illustration of some exotic antiquity, but as a living, dynamic process, requiring considerable technique, stamina and study, equal to that of any conventional classically trained professional musician. He is a powerful advocate for the wider perception of his cultural traditions.

Véronique Serret has established herself as a versatile musician whose repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary classical, folk, rock and improvisation. She is committed to ‘new works’ and regularly collaborates with Australia’s composers. An avid chamber musician, Veronique is a core member of contemporary art music group Ensemble Offspring, improvising string quartet “The Noise” and her own duo project with vibraphonist Bree van Reyk. Veronique was a member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra for many years and in 2014 was appointed Concertmaster of the Darwin Symphony Orchestra. During her time in the Northern Territory, Veronique was fortunate to experience indigenous culture first hand performing at Barunga and Walking With Spirits festivals as well as presenting education concerts at Darwin Festival and in East Arnhemland.

Early Career Artist - Niki Johnson Percussion


Percussionist Niki Johnson is a member of improvisation ensembles Ensemble Omsombl, SICKOrchestra and Throat Pleats. Further she works with Josephine Macken on sound design collaborations and improvisations, and performs solo on giant hand made wind chimes. In these scenarios she explores sound, relationships through collaboration, and theatre. She is increasingly interested in mix media dialogues between improvisations and dancers or artists. Watch this space for future projects!