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You are invited to the first performance of works created by Miranda Hill and Naima Fine while in residence at Lijiang Studio, as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival.




Featuring work by Miranda Hill, Jennifer Torrence, Naima Fine.

Escape the bright city lights and come with us to the mountains of Yunnan. The white walls of Conduit Arts will be transformed into the mountains and memories of the Naxi people of Lashihai.

This new cross-media graphic score by Miranda Hill explores the melodies of family and natural histories; taking an ancient language and reinterpreting it through new musical expression.

FānYìShān translates the spoken languages of Lijiang into a musical language. It takes the natural melody of tonal languages and joyous inflection of storytelling, and sets them against the imposing mountainous horizon.

This work explores the intricacy of meaning, of what’s gained and lost in the act of translation, of languages not taught in schools and a culture fighting assimilation. It tells a story of lived history, of a changing landscape, and a grandparent’s love.

Performed by:

October 2nd:

Miranda Hill; Belinda Woods; Karen Heath; Matthew Horsely.

October 3rd:

Ben Opie; Lizzy Welsh; Deborah Kayser; Miranda Hill.

Tickets here, or at the door.

Lijiang Studio!


Lashihai at dawn.

Miranda and Naima are currently living in Yunnan, China, as artists in residence at Lijiang Studio.

You can keep up to date with all their exploits and adventures here!


Katherine Norman is a Soprano with over 17 year’s ensemble experience, including four European Concert Tours, several recordings and numerous live concert broadcasts presented by ABC Classic FM.

An Early Sacred & Bach specialist whose repertoire also includes modern composition, Katherine is an accomplished Soloist & blended ensemble singer.
Career Highlights include Soprano Soloist for the much-loved and vocally demanding Allegri Miserere, Mozart’s Requiem, and the Pergolesi Stabat Mater, presenting the world Premiere of Hodgson Lamentations, and performing in three separate years of the annual Melbourne Festival. Notable collaborations have included performances with the Tallis Scholars, Warren Trevelyan-Jones, Steven Layton & Jeremy Summerly.

Katherine regularly performs in Melbourne, most frequently with the Consort of Melbourne (

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New music is always a very serious undertaking.


Scott Dunsdon has previously sung with Newman College Choir, and was also the founding artistic director of the University of Melbourne Music Theatre Association (UMMTA). He’s also appeared on stage in various musicals and orchestras (as a bassoonist), and off stage as a theatre director.

Jenny Barnes (born Adelaide, Australia, 1981) is a vocalist, performer and video maker based in Melbourne. Barnes achieved a Masters Degree in Applied Linguistics and a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance and has studied under the tutelage of predominant vocalists in New York City, Lisboa, Berlin and Oslo. Barnes has travelled extensively throughout rural Australia, Western Europe and Scandinavia gathering fuel for her work into the musicality of language and she is currently undertaking formal study of AUSLAN. Jennyʼs work has featured alongside that of Meredith Monk (USA), Jaap Blonk (Netherlands), Fatima Miranda (Spain) and Amanda Stewart (Australia) among others, in ‘Vocal Folds’ an exhibition at Melbourneʼs prestigious Gertrude Contemporary.

Barnes examines and mimics field recordings of Arctic mammals and domestic pets to achieve an extensive and diverse vocal capacity. Barnes then studies the rhythmic cadences and pitch modulations of human languages and applies her findings to an improvisatory musical context.


Rob Shirley began playing French horn at school in his hometown of Bendigo. Rob was successful at local and national competitions and performed as soloist with the Bendigo Symphony Orchestra before commencing a Bachelor of Music under Geoff Collinson at the University of Melbourne.

Upon completion of this degree, Rob travelled to Hamburg, Germany, where he continued his studies under Prof. Ab Koster and worked as a freelance musician throughout northern Germany, performing professional opera, ballet, musical theatre and symphonic repertoire.

Upon returning to Australia in 2010 he has toured the country several times, with Opera Australia’s Oz Opera and also as a member of Josh Groban’s orchestra on his 2013 ‘All that Echoes’ tour.

Rob is currently completing Master’s degree in Orchestral Studies at Monash University, studying with Saul Lewis, and playing regularly with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria.

Plotting out John Cage's 'variations 1' #homophonic #midsumma #3shadesblack

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stevenSteven works in various settings as a music editor, arranger, composer, vocalist and choral director.

He completed his honours degree in music at the University of Melbourne in 2004, studying composition with Stuart Greenbaum and Brenton Broadstock and voice with Stephen Grant. He is a committed vocalist, and performs regularly as a bass/baritone soloist and ensemble member with e21, the Astra choir, the Consort of Melbourne and the Australian Chamber Choir.

In 2014, Steven was appointed Assistant Director of the Consort of Melbourne and will continue in this role in 2015. He spends a lot of time exploring the more obscure corners of the last 1000 years of vocal repertoire and likes nothing more than to hear two works meet each other for the first time and, having been separated by centuries and continents, shed new light on one another.

AllisonAllison Wright grew up in Eltham, Victoria and began playing trumpet at age 10. At 19, Allison was accepted into the Professional Performance Program at the Australian National Academy of Music under the combined tutelage of Tristram Williams; world renowned contemporary soloist and David Elton; principal trumpet of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Allison regularly performs in chamber settings as well as a soloist.

In September 2013, Allison was one of 8 Australians selected to compete in the Aeolus International Competition for Winds in Dusseldorf, Germany. Allison is a casual musician with Orchestra Victoria and has performed with the Australian Youth Orchestra and alongside Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Australian Chamber Orchestra musicians in various initiatives.

In 2014 and 2015, Allison is a recipient of the The Standish Robert Trumpet Scholarship and a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra. As well as classical trumpet, Allison has a passion for sound design and music production.


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