Adam Manning

Adam Manning, a Kamilaroi Custodial Descendant, is a versatile artist, musician, and researcher at the University of Newcastle.

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Adam Manning was born on Awabakal/Worimi Country and holds Kamilaroi kinship. He is a musician, artist, designer, producer, and researcher at the University of Newcastle. As an original Custodial Descendant of Kamilaroi Barray (Land), Manning’s rhythmic expressions connect him to Land, People, Culture, and Story. These expressions, both old and new, cross-disciplinary boundaries and articulate the natural frequency (heartbeat) of Ngaya Barray (Mother Earth).

MUSIC Adam Manning holds the endorsement of U.S. percussion instrument manufacturer, Latin Percussion, and has tested instruments for Roland Japan. His musical expertise has graced stages alongside distinguished ensembles like the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Compositions by Manning have found a home on ABC Classic. Manning’s musical journey includes performances and collaborations with renowned artists such as Keith Carlock, Bruce Mathiske, James Morrison, and John Paul Young. ABC Classic has commissioned him for original compositions. Immerse yourself in Manning’s world through his compositions.

ART – DESIGN Learning from Elders at the Guparr Aboriginal Men’s Shed, Manning’s art combines traditional and modern patterns. His artworks are showcased in prominent locations, including Murrook Cultural Centre, The University of Newcastle, and various Government Social Service buildings across major cities. Manning is the only Australian percussionist/artist to combine both skills live onstage with world-renowned guitarist Bruce Mathiske. Explore more of Manning’s artworks on Instagram.

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