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Adam Manning was born on Awabakal/Worimi Country and has Kamilaroi kinship. He is a musician, artist, designer, producer and researcher at the University of Newcastle, NSW.


As an original Custodial Descendant of Kamilaroi Barray (Land), and a composer/percussionist and artist/designer, rhythmic expression connects me to Land, People, Culture and Story and articulates the natural frequency (heart beat) of Ngaya Barray (Mother Earth). Given this, my rhythmic expressions are articulated in varying forms. In the main, these varying rhythmic forms/expressions are both old and new, and or cross-disciplinary.



He is endorsed by leading US percussion instrument maker: Latin Percussion, has trialled instruments for Roland and had his music played on ABC Classic.


He has performed and recorded with Keith Carlock (Sting/John Mayer), Bruce Mathiske, James Morrison, John Paul Young and the All-Stars, Lachy Dooley and many more.

Listen to Manning's compositions for Clap Sticks & Sound:

Manning is also a significant digital content producer. Check out some of his work:  


Art - Design

Learning from Elders who attend the Guparr Aboriginal  Mens Shed. Manning's art focuses on combining both traditional and modern patterns.


His artworks are located in Murrook Cultural Centre, The University of Newcastle, the NSW Department of Education, Government Social Service buildings in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Hobart, Bendigo (gifted by senior executive J Cassar); and has commissioned infrastructure design works through Port Stephens Council, and a sensor installation through Lake Macquarie City Council.

 He is the only Australian percussionist/artist to combine both skills in a live onstage performative context with world renown guitarist Bruce Mathiske:


For more of Manning's arts works - see Manning's Instagram page:

Or check out his OpenSea Account:



Manning's projects include producing Newcastle’s first VR music concert, producing Newcastle’s first 360 live stream performance, facilitating and documenting Australia’s first music and robotics workshop for school-aged students and producing a series of social collaboration works with prominent Australian artists. He has published research papers with Claremont University, USA, Common Ground Publishing, Champain Illinois, and has presented on Indigenous yarning techniques and VR/360 performance techniques at Monash University, Melbourne & UON's Fast Lab:


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