Current Artist in Residence: NGAIIRE


Ngaire Joseph is a Papua New Guinea-born Australian-based R&B and future soul singer-songwriter. Her residency at the house is a first for contemporary composers and pacific islanders. Her work over the year will comprise of completing the production of her 3rd studio album, hosting a series of community-engaged salons and producing poly-centric mixed media for the exploration and promotion of her aforementioned album.

“For 12 months I get to live and create music within these iconic walls and under its opulent chandeliers and stupendous Steinway grand piano. To say I’m extremely grateful is truly an understatement. Keep your eyes and ears peeled as I will be inviting some of you into what will be my home for a while to various exclusive album related events that I’ll be hosting over the coming months.”
- Ngaiire

Awards, Nominations & Achievements

  • Inaugural Australian Women In Music Award for Artistic Excellence

  • FBi Radio SMAC Award for best live act

  • 2016 National Live Music Awards 
    *National Live Voice of the Year
    *R&B or Soul Live Act of the Year
    *NSW Live Voice of the Year 

  • 2017 National Live Music Award
    *R&B or Soul Live Act of the Year

  • Recipient of an APRA Professional Development Award

  • Blastoma debuted in the ARIA top 50 album chart

  • J Award nominee 2016 Artist of the Year

  • Single ‘Once’ was 73 in the Triple J Hottest 100

  • Shortlisted for the Corner Award

  • Blastoma nominated for best independent album at the 2017 AIR Awards (independent music awards)

  • Blastoma long listed for the 2016 Australian Music Prize

ABOVE: Wenamo - Warrabung Mountain, Eastern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea
LEFT: Salon Rich at Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composers’ House March 2019

Photo produced by Ngaiire’s creative team:
Ben Pierpoint, Emele Ugavule & Daniel Segal



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2018 - Rafael Karlen
Rafael is a Brisbane-based saxophonist, arranger and composer. Rafael received the Lord Mayor's Fellowship for Young and Emerging Artists from the Brisbane City Council in 2011 to undertake study in Europe and returned following the completion of his Masters of Music Degree at the University of York in England. He attended the Banff (Canada) International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music in 2009, and undertook a mentorship with Mike Nock (Sydney) in 2010. While undertaking his postgraduate study in England, Rafael studied with pianist John Taylor, saxophonist Julian Arguelles and also Karl-Martin Almqvist in Sweden.

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2017 - Jon Rose
Jon Rose is the major philosopher and cosmologist in a violin-centric world. Through his work he has fashioned totally new ways for violinists to think of their bows and their instruments. He has given listeners freshly made dimensions to contemplate.

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2016 - Natasha Anderson
Natasha Anderson is an Australian composer, musician and installation artist. She makes instrumental, audiovisual and acousmatic works in a variety of forms: solo performance, notated scores, cross-platform collaboration, audiovisual installation and multi-channel diffusion. A primary interest is the creation of idiosyncratic sounds — both acoustic and electronic — that generate tension through their precise formal placement and preternatural nature. Her works variously explore intense psychoacoustic experiences, the abject and the uncanny, as well as the whiplash juxtaposition of extremes.


2015 - Barney McAll
Pianist, keyboardist, composer and arranger Barney McAll moved to New York City in 1997 after being invited to join the Gary Bartz Quartet. He continues to tour internationally with Bartz as well as with Fred Wesley and The JB’s, Josh Roseman, The Groove Collective and recently vocalists Daniel Merriweather and Sia Furler. Barney leads numerous ensembles including; Sylent Running and M.O.D.A.S and his new ensemble Graft which features 16 piece Invenio Choir, two pianos, vibraphone and laptop.