Munaintyanangku, tunturri. (Always was, always will be)

Illuminate Adelaiderlu Kaurna Miyurna yaitya mathanya Wama Tarntanyaku tampinthi (Illuminate Adelaide acknowledges the Kaurna people, the traditional custodians of the Adelaide Plains)

Yaintya yartangka ngadlu tikanthi, kuma tirkanthi, kuma warpulayinthi. (These are the lands we live, learn and work on)

Ngadlurlu Purkarna pukinangku, yalarra, kuma tarrkarritya tampinthi. (We pay our respects to Elders past, present, and emerging)

Translation provided, with thanks, by Kaurna Warra Karrpanthi

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Composite image of William Barton standing with his arms folded and ASQ standing with their instruments.

Australian String Quartet & William Barton

Australian String Quartet & William Barton

21 July

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Wed 21 July, 8PM


60 mins


Adelaide Town Hall


A Reserve $55.00

A Reserve Concession $50.00

B Reserve Adult $45.00

B Reserve Concession $40.00

Schools $30.00

Need help booking? Phone 1300 496 623

Patrons will be required to wear a mask for this event.

Concession: Children (under 18); patrons holding Pensioner Concession Card, Centrelink Health Care card, Seniors Card or Veteran Card, and Full-time students.

Schools bookings – phone 1300 496 623

Companion Card booking info can be found here.

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Wheelchair accessible. Please call Illuminate Adelaide on 1300 496 623 to book an accessible seat.


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Bushfires, desert sand and heritage entwine in an evening of music with William Barton and the Australian String Quartet (ASQ).

The ARIA-winning digeridoo player and composer will reunite with the Adelaide-based ASQ for a program inspired by the land and its stories, featuring music composed by Barton himself.

Along with works from Australian composers Peter Sculthorpe, Sarah Hopkins and a world premiere from Natalie Williams, Barton and the ASQ will also perform the score to their seminal collaboration Square Circles Beneath the Red Desert Sand. The work draws on the spirits of Barton’s homeland on Kalkadunga Country (Mt Isa) and seeks out the common resonances between two musical traditions that evolved on opposite sides of the world.

This work will also appear as the soundtrack to Square Circles VR

In the Media

“I’m doing what I love. I want to take the oldest culture in the world and blend it with Europe’s rich musical legacy." William Barton in ABC Classic