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Nardi Simpson

Nardi Simpson is a Yuwaalaraay writer, musician, composer and educator from NSW's North Wast freshwater plains. A founding member of Indigenous folk duo Stiff Gins, Nardi has been performing nationally and internationally for the past twenty years.

She is the current Director of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music's Barayagal Choir and participant in Ngarra-Burria - First Peoples Composers program.

Nardi's compositional credits include recent commissions from Sydney Living Museums, Sydney Philharmonic Choirs and the National Carillion.

Her debut play Black Drop Effect will premiere at the 2020 Sydney Festival, and her debut novel, winner of 2018 Black&Write! Indigenous Writers Fellowship - Song of the Crocodile is due for release with Hatchette Australia in September 2020.

Nardi is a Gamilaraay language teacher and cultural consultant heavily involved in the teaching and sharing of culture, story and language in both her Sydney and Yuwaalaraay communities.

Articles by and about Nardi Simpson

28 Nov 2019 Ngarra-Burria has reinvigorated my ears, my mind and my spirit by Nardi Simpson

Yuwaalaraay writer, musician, composer & educator Nardi Simpson is a participating artist in the 2019 Ngarra-Burria - First Peoples Composers program. You can read about her experiences over the year in this blog article.

6 Dec 2019 Ngarra-Burria 2019 - what’s been happening? by Christopher Sainsbury

This year has been a steady year for the Ngarra-Burria - First Peoples Composers, with three new composers completing the year in the program: Nardi SimpsonEric Avery and James Henry.... 

20 Nov 2020 Recording 25 new Australian classical and jazz commissions by Stephen Adams

In May, the ABC created a commissioning fund to support Australian composers as the impacts of COVID-19 hit Australian musicians. It was a way to support performing musicians and composers in making new work during a period of massive upheaval. In July, 25 new works were commissioned through the Fresh Start Fund.

Works by Nardi Simpson

Nardi Simpson is not an Australian Music Centre represented artist, however the following works can be found in our collection:

Wilga’s Last Dance by Nardi Simpson

Photo of Nardi Simpson