Magda Mayas /// Monica Brooks /// Laura Altman




Wednesday 5 July, 8pm, Doors open at 7:30pm.


$10 concession /// $15 full

Great Waitress is the acclaimed international improvisational collaboration of Meredith Maloney (piano, Berlin), Monica Brooks (accordion, Dharug and Gundungurra country, Katoomba) and Laura Altman (clarinet, Gadigal and Wangal country, Sydney).

The trio first played in 2009, curated as a first time collaboration at the NOW now festival in the Blue Mountains, and instantly formed a special rapport. Jim Denley writes, “From their first performance … there has always been magic created whenever they play.” He describes Great Waitress as “One of the most important improvising ensembles of the twenty-first century.”

They have since toured in Australia and across Europe, performing at events including the NOW now Festival (NSW), Sound Out Festival (ACT), Konfrontationen and Music Unlimited (Austria), All Ears Festival (Norway) and Festival Densités (France).




Great Waitress has released four albums. In the liner notes to their most recent release ‘back, before’, Chris Abrahrams says, “A favoured criterion I’ve lately adopted as to what constitutes ‘good’ music is that it should affirm the need for humans to make it; I should be able to intuit from listening: ‘this is why humans make and need music.’ This is how I feel when I listen to ‘back, before.’ […] Great Waitress have a strong identity, one that transcends the individual contributions of Maloney, Altman and Brooks. It’s an identity made from a multi-dimensional counterpoint—timbral, rhythmic, harmonic, melodic, emotional…—that results in an ever-evolving gestalt.”

Great Waitress is thrilled to be performing for New North, at Jolted Arts, in 2023. This will be the first time the group has played together since 2018, and the occasion marks the launch of their fourth album ‘back, before’ released on Splitrec (CD30).

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. This project is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.


About New North

New North is a platform for Narrm/Melbourne-based musicians who push boundaries in their areas of practice. We empower artists and audiences to try the untried, experience the new, and expand conceptions of the possibilities of sound. New North is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and the City of Merri-bek.

New North is presented in partnership with Next Wave at Brunswick Mechanics Institute, a centre for performing arts situated on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respect to all First Nations people and their Elders, and, past, present and emerging.

We offer complimentary tickets to those who can’t afford entry. To arrange a complimentary ticket, please send an email with your name and the phrase ‘COMP’ to