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Desert Stars Dancing

Anthony Garcia and William Barton
Desert Stars Dancing

Limelight Magazine 2011

Virtuoso didjeridu player Barton is the go-to man for high-toned cross-cultural collaborations.  He has played on material by composers such as Peter Sculthorpe and Paul Grabowsky and with symphony orchestras.  Brisbane-based, Texas born guitarist Garcia's credits are no less wide-ranging, from the Australian Brandenburg and Japanese shakuhachi duets to New York's experimental scene.  This album is an exquisitely played collaboration between the two musicians. The mood tends towards the meditational but with variety to shake things up when required.

Judith Whiite

Even by the high standard of Tyalgum Festival events, last Sunday's performance at Tweed River Art Gallery was exceptional. Guitarist Anthony Garcia and didgeridoo player William Barton are both virtuosi, but when they team up they have a musical chemistry of a rare kind - a generous meeting of two great cultures.

Together and singly, they played their own compositions including "Desert Stars Dancing", the signature track of their new album;  "Mountain Tremolo", a Garcia work inspired by an earlier visit to Tyalgum, and "Electric Landscapes: White Notes between Heaven and Earth", about what it is to be alive.

Garcia is a brilliant exponent of the Spanish guitar; Barton demonstrates that the didge requires discipline and technique to match any instrument of the western tradition. In a riveting appearance Barton's mother, Aunty Delmae Barton, sang in a voice that expressed at once awe, sorrow and celebration - a sound emanating from the depth of the human soul and from the heart of this most ancient of lands. It was a profoundly spiritual moment in a concert that the audience acclaimed as a great cultural experience.