Songlines of our Universe at Sydney Solstice
William Barton is a composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, as well as one of Australia's leading didgeridoo players and composers.
For two decades, Barton has applied his skills in the classical world, from work with the Philharmonic Orchestras of London and Berlin to historic events at Westminster Abbey and the Olympics. Last year Barton was awarded the Powerhouse Indigenous Cultural Development Residency, which took place at the Sydney Observatory with collaborator musician Veronique Serret. The result of their collaboration is Songlines of our Universe, now set to be unveiled during the Sydney Solstice.
Songlines of our Universe is made up of six movements inspired by the Sydney Observatory, the Southern Sky and the Powerhouse Museum collection. It will be performed live within the grounds of the Observatory by Barton and Serret, over four exclusive nights under the stars.
Take that literally – Observatory astronomers will be on hand to facilitate the viewing of astronomical objects with the same outdoor telescopes that inspired the commission, including the Milky Way and Andromeda. You’ll also be able to dine and drink on winter themed offers from local makers.
This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with the NSW Government via Destination NSW.