B’tutta is the leading educational percussion ensemble in Australia having created, composed and performed over 3000 concerts both nationally and internationally.
Carrying a wide range of influences and styles within its membership, B’tutta has been able to compose wonderfully unique music for its concert program and present an extremely wide range of genres and styles in workshop formats to children in both Primary and Secondary Institutions. At the groups core is an absolute commitment to sharing not only the vast array of percussion sounds it has to offer but also the basic concepts of music and education through rhythm, pulse, melody, improvisation and composition. In fact, B’tutta's latest schools show with Musica Viva Australia leads the children through an improvised game piece called B’tobra – based on the wonderful piece, Cobra by John Zorn.
B’tutta and its members have been for many years highly sought after artists in Residence at schools and higher education institutions including UWS and UOW. They have performed at many festivals and concert venues around Australia and in South East Asia as well as premiered new works by celebrated composers such as Martin Wesley-Smith, Elana Kats-Chernin, Graeme Leak and Daryl Pratt.
As individuals the performers have performed in
Disneys The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, TaikOz, The Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, all the major Australian Symphony Orchestras, The Touring company, The Royal Ballet Orchestra, Jacky Orszaszky, Nikka Costa, The Tommy Tycho Orchestra, The Flying Fruit Fly Circus and more.
The group began performing in schools through the Musica Viva in Schools program in 1995.
Highly respected and experienced as an orchestral percussionist / solo performer and tutor . Leighs years of experience performing with Australia's most eminent ensembles including the Opera and Ballet Orchestra enables him to bring to B'tutta his profound knowledge of Art music interpretation.
Percussionist, Drummer, Composer.
Graham is well known in the jazz circles as one of Australia's finest.
In the Art music scene he has made prominance as a long time member of TaikOz building bridges as a composer, performer, designer and event organiser. His latest ensemble, YuNiOn, is a unique blend of taiko and percussion.
Through drums, percussion, composing and educating Cameron has found his way to work with many of Australia's legendary band leaders including Jackie Orszaczky and Tommy Tycho and mentored countless students on the road to their musical dreams.