Pictures Paint A Thousand Sounds


Come to beautiful Lāshìhǎi valley for an evening and hear stories told through new classical music of the wonderful Hés, a 3-generation Nàxī Chinese family. Featuring Qld and World Premieres, Fine Fine Small Mountain share music inspired by the Hé family, their residency hosts, for one night (and two shows) only.

Fine Fine Small Mountain tell their stories using a stunning graphic score, portrait- painting with double bass, re-imaginings of gorgeous Nàxī melodies, and lentils with levity.

Reverse Garbage Queensland in Wooloongabba will showcase their work in May as part of the Brisbane Anywhere Festival.
Show details: 和家的故事 HéJiā de Gùshì (Hé Family Stories)

7th May 2016 @ 7:00pm – 7:45pm, AND 7th May 2016 @ 9:00pm – 9:45pm.

$15 conc / $20 full
Reverse Garbage Qld, 20 Burke St, Wooloongabba 4102.

The show features Premieres of 2 major works: 翻 译山 FānYìShān by Miranda Hill and First Impressions Family Portraits by Naima Fine, alongside re-interpretations of traditional Nàxī melodies.

翻 译山 FānYìShān (Translating Mountains) Qld Premiere is a cross-media, collaborative graphic score for trio exploring the melodies of family and natural histories; taking an ancient language and reinterpreting it by translating spoken word into a musical language.

First Impressions Family Portraits (for solo double bass)World Premiere brings a portrait to life. Each vignette captures the spirit of a member of the Hé family, from sleepy Grandpa to mischievous teenaged grandson.

Fine Fine Small Mountain are Naima Fine and Miranda Hill, perfomer/composers who spent 7 months as artists in residence Lìjiāng Studio, Yúnnán, China.

Miranda Hill is a double bassist, banjo-ist, producer, improviser, and composer. She gained her BMus at the Victorian College of the Arts and her MMus at the University of Michigan. She plays in groups as diverse as Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Opera Australia regional tours, BOLT Ensemble, and Riff Raff Radical Marching Band. She directs and produces the Melbourne contemporary ensemble 3 Shades Black, and theatre music duo The Flying Tapirs. Miranda lives in Melbourne.

Naima Fine is a composer, ecologist, and occasional flautist. She studied Composition at the Queensland Conservatorium before completing a BSc with Honours in Ecology at Griffith University. Her work has been performed in Australia, New Zealand, and China by professional ensembles and community orchestras. She was Music Director for The Women’s Circus in Melbourne and is an alumni composer of The Modern Academy (Hong Kong). She lives in the bush in the Northern Rivers, NSW.

Also featuring:
Jodie Rottle – flute; Elizabeth John – percussion; and Katherine Philp – cello.

“The warmth, charm, humility and sublime musical skills of the group made the all too short presentation difficult to leave. I loved their society. This morning I woke up with the performance resonating in my spirit.”
– FānYìShān audience member, Melbourne Fringe, 2015.

Anywhere Festival is a festival of discovery in the secret and not- so-secret nooks and crannies of Brisbane from Thursday 5 to Saturday 21 May 2016. Since 2011 the festival has grown to be one of the “Top Nine Fine International Festivals” (QANTAS Travel Insider) with 74,316 attendees at 337 performances in 27 suburbs annually … that’s more locations and more performances than Brisbane Festival!


Notes to Eds:

For more information, interviews or comment, please contact: Naima Fine – 0410860797 – Miranda Hill – 0402760055 –