“The hip hop concerto is sublime I was listening at the edge of my seat thinking that this is indeed how the world sounds; hybrid, modernist and ancient, popular and classical”

Christos Tsiolkas, author, Artery


To celebrate Newsboys Foundation’s 125th anniversary, Outer Urban Projects collaborated with Newsboys Foundation, Melbourne Youth Orchestras (MYO) and Melbourne Recital Centre to present  125 BPM – a collaborative concert at the Melbourne Recital Centre’s Elizabeth Murdoch Hall. The concert remounted Irine Vela’s Hip Hop Harp Concerto brimming with stories, raps and vocals from Outer Urban Projects artists as well as songs by Zein Mehrez and associate artists sibling trio Ruci , Joanne and Emmanuel Kaisila.

Hip Hop Harp Concerto:
Composer Irine Vela with Outer Urban Projects spoken word and rap artists
Performed by Melina van Leeuwen (harp), William Barton (didgeridoo), Kevin Nugara (beatbox/rap), Mark Grunden (percussion/drums), Bikram Malher (tabla/vocals/harmonium), Associate Artist: Joseph Samarani (Arabic drum/rap)

Developed with support from Newsboys Foundation, Melbourne Recital Centre and Melbourne Youth Music.

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