Newsletter Signup

Become a ABC Music VIP Newsletter subscriber for all the latest ABC Music artist and label news!

ABC Classics presents William Barton's Kalkugungu


From the time of his professional debut – aged 15 – onwards, anyone who witnessed William Barton playing didjeridu could recognize instantly that his was a once-in-a-generation talent. Here was a didjeridu player raised in the strictest of Indigenous tradition amongst the Kalkadunga people, but with a musical sensibility equally honed on AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and speed metal.
William Barton’s brand new CD, Kalkugundu, reflects the explosion that occurred in his career following the main stage success of Earth Cry in 2002, where he was in demand not just as a performer but also as a composer. Mentored by Peter Sculthorpe, Barton attracted commissions for original scores from major ensembles both in Australia and internationally. At the same time, inspired by the intensity and ochre-coloured richness of Barton’s sound, like a musical heartbeat of the earth itself, Sculthorpe began recasting his own orchestral music to include Barton and his didjeridu.
Since then, composers have been lining up to work with Barton, and this album gives pride of place to a collaboration between William Barton and young Australian composer Matthew Hindson, whose unique ability to take the hard-driving gestures of heavy metal and transform them into dynamic orchestral music has made him a favourite with audiences around the world. Kalkadungu, premiered in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House in April 2008, fuses the explosive power of the full orchestra with the prophetic voice of the didjeridu, exploring the shifting relationships between opposing cultures, and the transition of traditional songlines between past, present and future.

1-5 Kalkadungu | William Barton & Matthew Hindson
6 Didjeridu Solo No. 1 | William Barton
7 Earth Cry | Peter Sculthorpe
8 Voice and Didjeridu Improvisation No. 1 | William Barton & Delmae Barton
9 I Dream of Sacred…I Am My Dream | William Barton
10 Didjeridu Solo No. 2 | William Barton
11 Requiem: VIII. Communion | Peter Sculthorpe
12 Voice and Didjeridu Improvisation No. 2 | William Barton & Delmae Barton
13 Didjeridu Solo No. 3 | William Barton

William Barton, Delmae Barton, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, The Queensland Orchestra,
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Chamber Singers and Southern Cross Soloists

Kalkadungu is released on 1 June 2012 by ABC Classics

Iconic Australian artist and former Australian of the Year, Lee Kernaghan has added another accolade to his long and well respected music career; presented last night with the 2... Read more

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra has become the first orchestra in the Asia Pacific region to join the Classical Live program, an exclusive offering of live recordings from the wor... Read more

Jimmy Giggle is set to light up Christmas adding plenty of cheer to your celebrations with the release of a new album.2015 ARIA award winning nominee, Jimmy Giggle, has teamed u... Read more

At a ceremony held this morning, it was announced that ABC Music has won three ARIA Awards in the Fine Arts categories, and has been nominated for awards in a further four categ... Read more

ABC Music receives 14 nominations across six categories in the Fine Arts and Artisan Awards - The ABC Classics and Jazz label takes four of the five available Classical nom... Read more

The mighty MELBOURNE SKA ORCHESTRA will release their second album ‘Sierra-Kilo-Alpha’ in February 2016 and have given us a first taste with their new single ‘... Read more

Caitlyn Shadbolt’s recent Main Stage performance at the Gympie Muster saw the pop-country and The X Factor 2014 Top 5 Finalist sell more of her brand new self-titled debut... Read more

Every Saturday from 6pm, Kristy Lee Peters (KLP) helms triple j’s Saturday Night party mix House Party which had its inaugural album release last year and is today followe... Read more

Much-loved Australian power-pop outfit Custard return with their first album in 16 Years, the fittingly-titled Come Back, All Is Forgiven, to be released on November 6 via ABC M... Read more

As Sydney blues-rockers The Snowdroppers begin their National ‘Business’ Album Tour today, comes news that due to popular demand a second Sydney album launch show ha... Read more