Naima is a composer and an ecologist, with a degree in the running for longest title: Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Conservation Biology (Honours). She lives in the bush in NSW where she writes music, pulls weeds, and makes pickles.
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.
Naima was Music Director for the Women’s Circus 2010-2013, and for 8 months of 2015, Artist in Residence with collaborative duo Fine Fine Small Mountain in rural SW China. In 2017 she will co-direct Orkeztar Lismore. 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 started playing music 35 years ago, doing grassroots activism and studying rainforests 25 years ago, and writing music 20 years ago. These days she’s trying to do them both.