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Nardi Simpson : Associate Artist

Random Audio Sample: Wilga’s Last Dance : symphonic wind band by Nardi Simpson, from the CD Women of Note


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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.


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Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Of Stars and Birds (quartets: percussion, string, woodwind) (2020) Commissioned by ABC Classic in 2020 as part of the ABC’s Fresh Start program
The Binary (solo piano) (2020) Commissioned as part of the ABC’s Fresh Start program