“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 the Hip Hop Harp Concerto brimming with stories, raps and vocals from Outer Urban Projects artists.
Hip Hop Harp Concerto:
Composer Irine Vela and Outer Urban Projects spoken word and rap artists
Music Director Brett Kelly
Musicians Melina Van Leeuwen, William Barton, Kevin Nugara, Mark Grunden, Bikram Malher and Associate Artist: Joseph Samarani
Vocalists Zein Mehrez and Associate Artists Milad Norouzi, Phillip Pandongan, Ruci Kaisila, Joanne Kaisila and Emmanuel Kaisila
Rap and Singing Participants Tori O’Malley, Nia Dove-Adotey, Otis Dove-Adotey, Michael Zhang, Felicity Schuzai-Andrews, Oliver Morgan-Tarran, Will Hiku, Dante Sofra, Sebastian Sofra, Joshua Austen and John Collard
Developed with support from Newsboys Foundation, Melbourne Recital Centre and Melbourne Youth Music.