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MUSIC REGION NEW ENGLAND NORTH WEST takes to the road in 2021 with a bundle of great community initiatives.

An umbrella collective/organisation/online directory uniting outstanding independent, professional musicians in the region building upon a strong tradition. It's amazing to see the amount of sheer progress behind the scenes this year, with so many banding together in support.

Many Thanks to all collaborating organisations, sponsors & funding bodies who have supported the development of projects for 2020/21: private sponsors & donors, Regional Arts NSWNew England Writers' Centre - NEWC & their partner Create NSWSBS GermanABC Radio AustraliaArts North WestBellingen Shire Arts WeekSydney Improvised Music Association.

MRNENW is currently starting a major fundraising drive, "The 12 days of Christmas," to assist in its delivery of fantastic community-based programs in 2021. Program delivery starts January 11th, 2021 and we need your assistance more than ever in the current era of privatisation.  AUSTRALIAN CULTURAL FUND is an excellent initiative allowing online fundraising with TAX-DEDUCTIBLE donations issued in the form of grants to the artists through Creative Partnerships Australia. Please jump online & donate today!




LILITH NIGHT - celebrating women in music internationally across genres. Touring, commissioning, workshops. An international collective of female performers/composers/improvisers unique in their field.

Supported by Regional Arts NSW. More info:







WORD.PLAY - focusing on literacy through music, this brings children's literature in an almost cinematic concert experience to kids of all ages. Live dramatised narration, music (composed & improvised), peephole illustrations, projected imagery all combine in an experience for the senses. First performances @ Bellingen Shire Arts Week January 11th. 10:30 am @ Dorrigo Community Centre, 1pm & 3pm @ Bellingen Shire Library. A great collaboration with the New England Writers' Centre & their partner Creative NSW. More info:

CROSSWINDS - a fine cross-regional, cross-genre ensemble featuring music spanning 500 years across continents, from Marais to Paco Lara & beyond. Melding tradition with improvisation & contemporary approaches for today, we explore migration & travels afar, identity & a sense of place. First performance takes place @ Bellingen Shire Arts Week, January 12th: 5pm @ Bellingen Memorial Hall. Feat.:

Maryanne Piper (clarinets, sop sax, folk whistles), Alana Blackburn (Recorders, Electroacoustic Sounds), Damian Wright (Bandaluzia Flamenco - Flamenco Guitar), Bobby Singh (Tabla) & Daniel Pliner (Piano, Keys, Electroacoustic Sounds).

Further project info will be online from Dec 14th @!



Pleased to share that LILITH NIGHT is performing a LIVE concert as part of SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S JAZZ FESTIVAL 2020, organised by SIMA. LILITH NIGHT has morphed into various line-ups in its international existence. It's great to be able to share a night of fantastic music by women composers from around the world, plus our own, with audiences in Sydney @ Foundry 616 Ultimo on November 7th. Come hear music by Sunna Gunnlaugs (Iceland), Christina Fuchs (Germany), Issie Barratt (UK), Tania Giannouli (Greece), Elisa Thorn (Canada), Sian Lindsay (Sydney), Jenna Cave (Sydney), Harri Harding (Sydney), Keyna Wilkins (Sydney). Line-up featuring: Maryanne Piper (clarinets), Rachel Drubetsky (Trumpet), Keyna Wilkins (Piano) & Chloe Kim (Drums). Many Thanks to Regional Arts NSW for their Quick Response Grant in support of this project. Tickets & info:

More info about LILITH NIGHT @



Just received pleasant news that the Podcast interview SBS Radio aired a couple of weeks ago about myself & my time in Germany, industry recovery post-Covid-19, Women in Jazz, LILITH NIGHT & SIWJF has reached #2 worldwide on their download charts for the month. Amazing that so many took the time to listen. A full-hour interview with well-researched questions - many thanks to Trudi Latour for her excellent interview, I had fun chatting!

SBS Radio German reaches an audience of millions wordwide every week. The podcast is still available for download here:

Many Thanks to ABC Classic & Stephen Adams for their kind permission to use tracks recorded at ABC Centre Ultimo 2019 as part of the LILITH NIGHT broadcast.


It's been fun exploring my home region once again! New ears, old ears. Funded through Arts North West's second micro-grants round in 2020, SOUNDS LIKE NEW ENGLAND NORTH WEST brings a range of natural recordings from around the region together, intertwined with improvised & written instrumental pieces for clarinets, soprano saxophone, percussion, voice & electroacoustic sounds in a series of "Postcards from Home." A solo pandemic project exploring my home region and its sound world, the series of mini-postcards will be published as part of the new website Music Region New England North West, launching soon. Updates to follow.

Appreciation goes to ARTS NORTH WEST for their regional assistance during 2020 and the pandemic.

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All photos of Maryanne Piper by ANETTE HAMMER - FREISTIL FOTOGRAFIE, GERMANY unless otherwise noted.