Growing up in the stunning world heritage listed Blue Mountains, West of Sydney, Aurora Li has been making music for as long as she can remember. Beginning with classical piano at the age of four, her passion has expanded to encompass folk, rock and indie pop and sometimes a little bit of country. Accompanying herself on guitar and keys, Aurora has performed professionally since the age of 14 at live music venues and events in the Mountains and beyond, including the home-grown Winter Magic Festival, the Illawarra Folk Festival and Bello Winter Music, where she won the hotly-contested Youth Mentorship in the vocal category. In the heady pre-pandemic days, Aurora also performed regularly with vocal trio, Breathing Underwater, who were featured artists at the Sydney Opera House for Pulse 2019.
Bushfires, floods and ultimately COVID took its toll on Aurora’s musical aspirations and robbed her of advance bookings, including the 2020 Blue Mountains and St Albans Music Festivals. Virtual gigs filled in a few gaps but for the most part, she has busied herself with completing her HSC, writing new material, launching into a Bachelor of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium and preparing for her AMusA in classical piano.
Still only 18, Aurora’s fresh and optimistic take on life can find a song in every joy and every heartache. Her spare, acoustic folk/indie pop sound is complimented by sharply observed lyrics that traverse her experiences of friendship, loss, regret and redemption. With a voice that gently takes you along for the ride, you will be enchanted and you will be mesmerised.