Our natural environment is where we meet on common ground. The one thing we all share.
Land & Lyric examines our human connection to the environment, combining multifaceted perspective & genres. In 2023, musicians Anna Fält & Maryanne Piper explore more specifically the connection between women & the natural environment.
Our land dictates the language of place.
LAND & LYRIC examines the connection between people & land. We both influence & are influenced by land over time. The literal language of place is guided by land. Relationships to land are multi-faceted & intertwined. Land & Lyric surveys the rapidly shifting changes of our shared land, plus the connection to new land for many migrants. It seeks to illuminate community relationships formed via land, as well as our contrasting attitudes shaped by indigenous, protectionist, farming, artistic & resource-guided values. How do these attitudes shape our communities & their surrounding environments?
Anna Fält brings unique perspective from her Finnish upbringing & Swedish home, performing Scandinavian & Finno-Ugric vocal traditions. She provides an almost instrumental approach to text & voice, combining herding calls, lullabies, yoik (Sámi indigenous music), nature-inspired sounds, stories from the Nordic landscape, plus a variety of vocal traditions, languages & singing aesthetics. Foiled by the versatility of Maryanne Piper on clarinets, soprano saxophone, live electroacoustic treatments & global winds, the duo paves way for a distinctive approach that provides ample room for interdisciplinary collaboration with artists from Australia, Scandinavia & beyond.
Nordic Voice & Composition
Anna Fält (SE/FI) is an award-winning, highly versatile vocal artist & composer. She's worked across radio, theatre, multidisciplinary projects, jazz/improvisation/ sacred/contemporary scenes, education fields, plus folk music research in addition to festival appearances & tours across Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, New Zealand & Australia. Fält combines multiple vocal traditions, languages & singing aesthetics in her uniquely creative combination of sounds.
Land & Lyric
We acknowledge the Gamilaroi/Kamilaroi/Gomeroi people as the traditional custodians of the land on which we work. We recognisethat Elders of local indigenous communities have been land custodians for many centuries. We acknowledge their living culture & unique role in our present day community.
A concept by Maryanne Piper Music Australia, in cooperation with Anna Fält Music Sweden.
Winds & Composition
Maryanne Piper (AU/DE) is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist & composer. Her adventurous artistic
take has led her across four continents. She's worked across radio, theatre, multidisciplinary projects, jazz/ improvisation/experimental/contemporary/classical scenes, education fields & outreach in addition to festival appearances & touring. Piper's music embodies an endless wanderlust, standing between continents & genres, exploring the links between humanity & its sound world.
MAY 10th - 12th: Artist Residency @ Music on the Hill, Tamworth, NSW Australia.
MAY 19th: 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW Australia
MAY 20th: Uralla Arts @ McCrossin's Mill, Uralla, NSW Australia
MAY 13th: ABC Radio New England North West
MAY 13th - 14th: Collaborative Artist Residency @ The Art Shack, Wilgabah, NSW Australia with Tania Hartigan.
MAY 21st: Music on the Hill, Tamworth, NSW Australia
MAY 22nd: Visual Arts Collaboration, Walcha, NSW Australia
MAY 15th - 16th: Artist Residency @ Gunnedah Conservatorium, Gunnedah, NSW Australia. Vocal + Voice & Meditation Workshops, WORD.PLAY presents The Jigsaw Cinema @ Curlewis Public School & Boggabri Public School. Community cultural exchange sessions in cooperation with The Dorothea Mackellar Memorial Society.
MAY 24th: Silo Arts, collaborative performance with Tania Hartigan, Qurindi, NSW Australia
MAY 26th tbc: Newcastle, NSW Australia
MAY 27th: Hume Conservatorium, Goulburn, NSW Australia
MAY 28th tbc: Sydney, NSW Australia
MAY 29th - 30th: Recording, Bob Scott Studio, Sydney, NSW Australia
MAY 18th: Peel Valley Lion's Club Appreciation Evening, Tamworth, NSW Australia
MAY 29th - 30th: SBS Radio/ABC Radio National, Sydney, NSW Australia
MAY 19th: ABC Radio Mid North Coast
MAY 19th tbc: BIMC Inc. Community Workshop, Bellingen,
AUGUST/SEPTEMBER: Germany, Scandinavia.
TanIa hartigan (wilgabah)
Visual artist, woman of the land & owner of ‘The Artshack’ Wilgabah, a place with deep history in its soils. She belongs to the Gamilaraay people.
WAABII Adele Chapman-Burgess (GLEN INNES)
Her weaving brings a modern take on an ancient custom. Her underlying inspiration is the land & the peoples’ relationships with it.
AMANDA GWALTER (TAMWORTH)
Amanda's art is a mix of contemporary indigenous techniques using a variety and/or mixture of mediums that are connected to Country & culture.
Regional Australia (2023)
GEMMA KING (WALCHA)
Specialising in printmaking, inspired by the ever changing nature of her rural surrounds. Gemma's art reflects her understanding of the land & its transient nature.
PAULA JENKINS (WALCHA)
Her vibrant abstractions look deep into a landscape & extract subtleties & connotations that lie within. She evokes emotion & a sense of place through oil & gouache.
LIZ PRIESTLEY (MANILLA)
Her encaustic painting (melted wax & oils), is an interpretation of both the immediate physical landscape & the internal landscape via a nostalgic lens. Memory & emotion connected to land.