Ré Olunuga’s art is driven by a curiosity about internal emotionality and the ways in which music can serve as a bridge for the conveyance and translation of these complex intuitive experiences .
He perceives music to be a span of silence or a blank sheet of time beautifully interrupted with deliberately placed vibrations that then form the portrait of an emotional narrative, a mnemonic journey or a subtle vital thought . He considers art music to be an essential link between the esoteric and the exoteric - a link that establishes and binds people, communities and strangers, together, with shared empathy.
Not limited to the concert hall and the record player, his art music and aural design practice engage a wider audience through the mediums of film, ceremony, theatre, installation, architecture, space and touch .
Since the mid 2000s when he was based in the UK, Ré has created and been commissioned to create numerous pieces for public performance including “Barja”, a companion piece of the NHS “Love in the Time of HIV” campaign, ceremonial music for the THISDAY Awards, the AMVCAs, the Etisalat Prize for Literature and many other ceremonies .
In 2013, he made his first foray into composing for a recording artist when he co - wrote and composed the music for the Billboard Jazz chart - topping song “Ginger Me Slowly”, performed by the NAACP Image Award - winning American jazz singer, Somi . That song would go on to be featured in various TV shows and campaigns, including BET’s “Being Mary Jane” .
He is also a prolific film composer and has composed scores for many films, TV Series and campaigns including Al Jazeera’s award - winning “Oil in Our Creeks”, MTV’s “SHUGA” and DSTV’s primetime series “Ajoche”, “Forbidden”, “Hush” and many more .
As Founder and Artistic Director of The Lagos Philharmonic, he runs an incubation program for Lagos’ first symphony orchestra and leads the development of both the organisation and its performance residence .
In 2018, Ré initialised a new aural design practice called ROAD which serves as his experimental ideation, development and production lab for objects and experiences of affect .
Via his Symphonica 7 program, he is committed to the archiving of traditional Nigerian music as well as the development of standardised music theory for various Nigerian traditional music forms and instrument construction,
Ré lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria .