About this performance
Experience a night of music like no other as ARIA-nominated First Nations neo-soul star Ngaiire joins forces with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Blending Ngaiire’s dazzling, futuristic R&B sound with the symphonic might of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the performance will draw on the artist’s career and her latest album – the critically-acclaimed epic 3 – arranged for orchestra by award-winning composer Alex Turley for an all-out concert featuring soulful pop bangers.
Since coming to national attention as a contestant on Australian Idol, Papua New Guinea-born Ngaiire has gone on to an impressive career that defies genre and expectations. Ngaiire’s innovative fusion of electronic neo-soul, gospel and R&B pop – filtered through her experiences as a First Nations woman – has seen her garner multiple award nominations and perform alongside the likes of Alicia Keys, Flume, Hiatus Kaiyote, Leon Bridges and Sufjan Stevens.
Ngaiire’s latest album, the audio-visual masterpiece 3, draws upon her eclectic musical stylings and her work as a visual artist, taking us on her journey through her ancestral villages in Papua New Guinea. With the orchestral weight of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra behind her, Ngaiire’s nuanced, multi-layered soul is set to flourish as never before.
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Nicholas Buc conductor
Alex Turley arranger
Originally commissioned by Sydney Opera House and Sydney Symphony Orchestra and premiered during Sydney Opera House's 50th anniversary.