A COFFS Coast didgeridoo guru will have a front-row seat for the Olympic Games when he performs at the opening ceremony on August 8.
Nathan Burton left for Beijing this week after being invited to play with Aboriginal orchestral didgeridoo performer, William Barton, at the Olympic opening ceremony.
Partner Amanda Flack said Nathan was blown away by the invitation.
“It's such an amazing opportunity for him to be performing at the ceremony, especially with Barton,” Amanda said.
Nathan first became involved with the uniquely Australian instrument in his youth.
“The first time I saw a Yolngu man playing this amazing instrument, I was totally in awe of him and how he could make the most amazing sounds and provoke such intense feelings for the listener,” Nathan said.
Years later, the didgeridoo would come back into Nathan's life in the most unlikely place – New York.
“When I was living in New York studying drama, my teacher advised me that learning to play an instrument would be helpful in exploring oneself,” he said.
“I thought being from Australia that the didgeridoo was an appropriate choice, and when I came home for a break I bought one from Sydney for $300.
“After a couple of months it cracked and after several attempts at repairing it, I was finally happy with the end result.
“So began my journey to become a didg maker.”