Ré Olunuga is a Nigerian composer of multi-genre orchestral and experimental music. With a unique approach to instrumentation that imbues his music with an unmistakable sense of engagement and tactility, Ré’s work spans across film & TV soundtracks to ambitious art pieces and even a dalliance with the mainstream through collaborations with commercial recording artists.
Ré’s is a varied career to date but above all he considers himself to be a storyteller, with music being the medium he is most strongly drawn to. His influences tend to be non-musical, like memories of how it felt to be a child wandering around his grandmother’s house in Yaba or the mind-expanding sensation of reading the works of Philp K. Dick and Octavia Butler.
Summer 2022 will see the release of his rich and complex score for the Disney film RISE, which tells the story of the Adetokunbo family’s journey from Nigeria to Greece to NBA superstardom. The score is his interpretation of classic orchestral Disney film music with the inclusion of traditional African phraseology, rhythms and instruments. Like all his work, RISE finds Ré exploring the kind of complex emotions that can’t be put into words, but feel stirring and true.
As well as Rise, Ré completed in Spring 2022 the intimate score to the feature film GIRL, for BBC Film in the UK.
Despite now spending a large amount of his time between London and Los Angeles, Ré still considers Lagos as the geographical heart of all his endeavors. He is founder and artistic director of The Lagos Philharmonic and is currently working on the development of the first symphonic concert hall in the city.