Charles Maimarosia is a contemporary musician born and raised in the remote Pipisu village of the Solomon Islands.
Charles developed a profound interest in ancient Are'Are music at a young age after inheriting his first coconut shell ukulele from his father. He later began performing amongst his community, communicating traditional songs of his ancestors with hand-crafted pan pipes.
In 2000, along with like-minded boys of his village, Charles formed the globally-recognised panpipe orchestra known as Narasirato, acting as their former front man, choreographer and songwriter. The band were recognised for incorporating traditional Are’are music and spirited dances into their performances to audiences world-wide. In 2010, after years of international touring and a #1 single “My Culture, My Life”, Charles relocated to Melbourne, Australia to focus on his solo career.
Charles has found a unique bridge between ancestral pan pipe music and contemporary sounds, which he performs solo at festivals and venues around Australia. He holds a strong sense a simplicity and grace in his solo performances as he communicates the ancient stories of his ancestors in language.
Joining Charles on the day wil be Alice Skye. Alice Skye is an Aboriginal Australian singer/songwriter originally from Horsham, Victoria and now based in Melbourne. In her hometown she started piano lessons at the age of 5, and her love for music grew from there. With influences such as Missy Higgins, Regina Spektor and Joan Armatrading, the pairing of vocals and piano has become her inspiration and focus.