Award-winning electronic music duo and self-described ‘feminine brothers’, Zaachariaha Fielding (vocals) and Michael Ross (keyboard/producer), aka Electric Fields, are ready to take their already epic sounds and give them the orchestral treatment in their debut concert with the MSO for NAIDOC Week celebrations.
The MSO and Electric Fields, under the baton of Ben Northey will perform song cycles of the duo’s work, arranged for orchestra by the MSO’s 2022 Cybec Young Composer in Residence, Alex Turley.
The duo’s music, described as ‘emotionally moving and breathtaking’, and ‘Daft Punk meets Nina Simone in the Deep Forest’, combines pop, soul and electronica with intimate storytelling. Zaachariaha's extraordinary vocals often include the traditional languages of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara people. His dancing is also an integral part of the live show, as he becomes the spirit creature for audiences who let their freak flag fly.
“We are so honoured to have our pop and dance tracks orchestrated for a one night only performance with the MSO,” said Michael Ross. “Woven into the evening will be traditional songs drawing through the root systems of Zaachariaha’s community, creating a sonic Milky Way from the desert sands.”
After releasing the 2016 Inma EP including Nina and Don’t You Worry, and singles 2000 and Whatever and Must Be Love with Tseba, the duo returned with Gold Energy and loads of fresh sounds for the live set.
Electric Fields have lit it up at massive shows across Australia and internationally. Shows here include the 2020 AFL Grand Final, 2021 nationally televised Mardi Gras parade and the 2022 ‘Dreamtime at the ‘G’. In 2021 they opened Parrtjima Festival; headlined Garrmalang Festival; closed the First Nations Fashion and Design for Australian Fashion Week; and received the top award for their shows at the Fringe Festival. They have performed at Splendour in The Grass, Golden Plains, VIVID, Groovin the Moo and the Spotify Front Left showcase. They’ve notched six National Live Music Awards (including two wins for Fielding for Best Voice and Best Live Act) and were finalists for a recent ARIA Award for Best Live Act.
Recently, the duo performed for the triple j broadcast of the National Indigenous Music Awards, performing From Little Things in honour of Kev Carmody's induction into the NIMAs Hall Of Fame.
ELECTRIC FIELDS + MSO
Thursday 7 July 2022 - 8.30pm
Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne