During this period Richard also wrote several screenplays. Richard is also a renowned didgeridoo player and has produced a six CD collection of didgeridoo music that is inspired by the six seasons of the Nyungar calendar. He has played didgeridoo live at London's Royal Albert Hall, as well as in Greece, Slovenia, Japan, Mexico, the U.S., and Canada, to name just a few. In 2001 he performed in Westminster Abbey for dignitaries, including Queen Elizabeth II, as part Australia's Centenary of Federation celebrations. In the same year, he worked with Carlos Santana with music for his Supernatural Evening with Santana and contributed to the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Richard is also a visual artist, with his works in much demand by collectors in Australia and overseas In 1993 Richard was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for his contribution to the Performing Arts and Nyungar culture. From 2000 he served as Chair of the Australia Council's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board, a position he had held previously in 1992. In all he served on the Australia Council for nine years, the promotion of culture through the arts being one of his passions. In 2001, Murdoch University in Western Australia recognised his contribution to Nyungar culture and the wider community with an honorary Doctorate of Letters. In 2003, he released Two Tribes, a collaboration with a group of artists; an eclectic selection of songs combining traditional Indigenous music with contemporary styles such as rap and hip hop. Richard has been involved as director, designer, writer, musician, dancer and actor with a range of stage and television productions including The Dreamers (1982), A Fortunate Life (1984), Bullies House (1985), Coordah (1985), Australian Mosaic (1988), Jackaroo (1990), Balaan Balaan Gwdtha (1992) and Close to the Bone (1993). Most recently, he has toured with the John Butler Trio delivering a unique Indigenous and spoken word performance, Son of MotherEarth. Richard says, "through music, dance and art we can achieve natural highs and core inner strength without the use of artificial stimulants, thus enhancing the spirit, strengthening the mind and invigorating the body which brings a feeling of self worth and holistic respect." Richard is a fluent speaker of the Nyungar language. He is Director of Aboriginal Productions and Promotions. Read more on Last.fm.
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