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Janelle Monáe and the Archandroid Orchestra


Sat 26 May 2012, 9:00pm
Sun 27 May 2012, 9:00pm

Where: Sydney Opera House, 1 Macquarie St, Circular Quay, New South Wales

Restrictions: All Ages


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The dizzying ambition of Janelle Monáe's The ArchAndroid (Suites II & III) gave the multi-talented 26-year-old the top slot in the Guardian's 'albums of 2010' list. After a show-stealing performance at the 2011 Grammy awards, she has been waiting for the right opportunity to make her Australian debut - an exclusive double concert engagement at Vivid LIVE 2012 proved irresistible.

Critics and contemporaries have proclaimed Monáe the natural heir to Prince and Stevie Wonder - both outspoken admirers. Presenting a mix of R&B, funk, rap, rock and cinematic cues tied together by a futuristic narrative, Monáe has assembled the ArchAndroid Orchestra to create what has been described as an 'Emotion Picture Show'.

Monáe broke into public consciousness performing alongside Outkast's Big Boi and Hip Hop mogul Sean 'Diddy' Combs, yet it is her imaginative choreography and chameleon-like voice that has captured audiences. Described as 'a different kind of diva' and 'a true visionary', the Kansas born singer pays homage to the legendary lineage of 60's pop, jazz and blues, armed with the natural grace and vision to become an enduring force in popular music. With two new albums planned for 2012, Monáe is set to push the framework of popular music, engaging in the otherworldly aesthetics of Futurism and Surrealism with the abandon of Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, her primary influence. Amongst the accolades, abstract concepts and multidisciplinary projects (a graphic novel is in the works), 'one of the first responsibilities is to create some jamming music'.

Ever present in her signature uniform and pompadour, Monáe's essence can be distilled very simply - 'We wear black and white, we wear tuxedos, and music is our weapon'.