about us.


open the music box...who knows what you might find. the music box project is a curious collective presenting creative, sometimes crazy, community driven and collaborative music. 

in 2019, you can find the music box project:

  • sharing 'music outside the usual order of things' on the second saturday of every month, upstairs @ the AYH.

  • curating 'project: anonymous': open call for text based scores to be assembled into an (anonymous) anthology to be made freely available via print and online

  • working with composers Jaslyn Robertson, Jasmin Leung, David William Murray and Moya Henderson in preparation for an exciting performance in September

  • in residence at Bundanon in early October experimenting with new sounds and long-form improvisation

project highlights include the sonic activation of Kings Cross Carpark with a cacophonous band of baritone saxophonists, synth players, junk percussionists and strobe lights, and the creation of an ambitious collaborative work "in 4." in which 40 composers from around the world each contributed a cell of music. known for their open mind and collaborate drive, the music box project is a thriving part of Sydney’s local music scene, performing at a variety of unique spaces including Alaska Projects, Artbank, Glebe Justice Centre, Paddington Uniting Church/Eastside Arts, Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Creative Space 99. in 2017, the music box project participated in an open workshop/performance with eighth blackbird and launched their casual performance residency at the Australian Youth Hotel "upstairs @ AYH" presenting ‘music outside the usual order of things’. in 2018, the collective presented a multi-theremin performance at Sydney’s Extended Play Festival and moved into a cavernous warehouse space for a week of Playshop.

the music box project is: elizabeth jigalin (composer/director), naomi johnson (flutes/director), tina stefanou (voice), joseph lisk (trumpet), joseph franklin (bass guitar/upright bass/composer, jane aubourg (violin/composer), peter leung (soprano/tenor saxophone)

+ an extended family of musicians/artists who’ve joined us along the way: danica hobdenlaura andrewjasmin leung, jassy robertson, dan thorpeelia bosshard, natasha effendy, liz cheungwilbur whittajoe mantonharry burgess, jackson bankovic, paul meo, harry day, milan monkciaran frame, chris higgins, mat levy, james guestjosie gibsonkezia yap, alexander lee, stuart rynn, loz austin, hannah kimtomomi matsuomark xiaowill hansen.

the music box project humbly began in 2014...founded by elizabeth jigalin, oliver hollenbach and erin hendry.