James Elsby


Nexus Arts Orchestra

The Nexus Arts Orchestra is a truly intercultural ensemble of musicians who came through their connection to Nexus Arts. The group brings together outstanding global artists who now call Adelaide home, and entrances audiences with a completely original line-up of artists and instruments. Formed in 2021, in their first year the Orchestra performed to audiences of more than 10,000 at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, the Capri Theatre, and the Marion Cultural Centre.

Featuring Ngaanyatjarra singer and songwriter Vonda Last, along with artists with backgrounds in Sufi music, Japanese song, and Cuban traditions, the Nexus Arts Orchestra presents a contemporary vision of Australian contemporary arts which truly represents the diversity of our nation.

“I loved everything about it….I was blown away”
“Such diversity, inclusion and beautiful union. Thank you”
“explosive, evocative and very interesting.”
“world class”
“I thought of everyone playing together , in harmony. Wish the world would function so.”

Audience feedback from the Capri Theatre performance, May 2021

A Meeting Place

Composed by the Nexus Arts Orchestra and Julian Ferraretto (director) and released on November 15, 2023; The Nexus Arts Orchestra perform their original song ‘A Meeting Place’. Watch or listen here on Bandcamp.


Farhan Shah, vocals
Jennifer Trijo, vocals
Noriko Tadano, shamisen
Zhao Liang, guzheng
Maryam Rahmani, santur
Alain Vãlodze, guitar
Lazaro Numa, trumpet
Bortier Okoe, percussion
Jarrad Payne, drums
Abdul Nanou, violin
Robin Anthony, violin
Jack Overall, cello
Julian Ferraretto, viola and ensemble director

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Jarrad Payne of Wizard Tone Studios, Adelaide, South Australia.

Video captured by Anthony Leppa and edited by Nicky Tsz Tung Li.