WASO Performs Barton’s Apii Thatini Mu Murtu

WASO Performs Barton’s Apii Thatini Mu Murtu
William Barton with didgeridoo
© Keith Saunders

William Barton performs with West Australian Symphony Orchestra his beautiful and haunting work Apii Thatini Mu Murtu (To Sing and Carry a Coolamon on Country Together).

In 2021, William Barton said “This work is about reconnection to the mother country and paying homage and respect to our language, to the land, and to our dreaming. Last year I had the privilege of having a 2020 Prelude Residency at Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composers’ House where I began working on what you will hear today. At the piano I let my ideas flow and visualised where I am – I am in Kalkadoon Country flying above the landscape like an eagle. I can see the rugged beauty of the escarpment over the Argylla and Selwyn Ranges, the tinted pinks and reds of the land in winter time (that magic time of renewal and fresh air). I am reconnecting to country and breathing life into it for my dad who is buried out there, thinking of where he is”.

In this inventive program, Magic Spirit: Together We Sing, Barton shares the stage with works by Maurice Ravel and Gabriel Fauré.


West Australian Symphony Orchestra

Friday 6th and Saturday 7th October

Perth Concert Hall

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