Naima Fine

Naima Fine

Naima is a composer and an ecologist. She usually lives in the bush in NSW where she writes music and works on a turmeric and ginger farm.

Sometimes she plays flute, cello or bass in world music orchestras, activist street bands and punk rock groups. Her record collection includes Laurie Anderson, Bartok and Martika. She’s a 5th+ generation musician: her grandma Joanne Fine won a spot at the London Academy of Music alongside Joan Sutherland and Don Burrows, but she couldn’t take it up because they only allowed unmarried women to study there. Naima’s favourite instruments to write music on are old family pianos.

In 2017 Naima produced and composed for the Listening to Wom*n concert in Lismore Women’s Festival, and co-directed Orkeztar Lismoré. In 2015, she was Artist in Residence with collaborative duo Fine Fine Small Mountain in rural SW China, and was Music Director for the Women’s Circus 2010-2013. She publishes a regular local artist’s profile column in the Terania Times. Her music has been performed by 3 Shades Black, Orkeztra Glasso Bashalde, the Women’s Circus, and The Committee; in places as far flung as Beijing, Auckland and Lismore. Naima has spent most of her life shifting uncomfortably between music and ecology: she’s been playing music for >35 years, doing activism and studying rainforests for >25 years, and writing music for >20 years. These days she’s developing a creative practice that encompasses it all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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