NEW ALBUM 'Tales To Tell'

ALEX & NILUSHA present their new album 'Tales To Tell', the follow up to the critically acclaimed 'Moments In Time' release. Recorded in Australia, Argentina, Cuba, England and the USA, 'Tales To Tell’ takes its listeners on an alluring journey of sounds gathered from around the globe, showcasing original compositions by Alex Pertout and Nilusha Dassenaike.

'Tales To Tell' features an eclectic cast of outstanding national and international guests including Mike Stern, Paul Grabowsky, Hossam Ramzy, Edsel Gomez, Tom E Lewis, Alan Plachta, Miroslav Bukovsky, David Alfaro, Andrea Keller, William Roblejo, Luke Howard, Peter Petrucci, Adrian Sherriff, Craig Newman, John Norton and Evripides Evripidou.

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Tales To Tell - Digital Booklet

Available soon on iTunes as a Mastered For iTunes high quality audio release.

INTERVIEW: Feature Cover Story Drumscene/Percusscene

Alex Pertout is the feature cover story in the latest issue of Percuscene which forms part of Drumscene, the Australian drumming magazine.



1. Nothing To Hide (Alex Pertout / Nilusha Dassenaike)
2. Little Promises (Nilusha Dassenaike)
3. Un Mismo Camino (Alex Pertout)
4. Falling (Alex Pertout / Nilusha Dassenaike)
5. Clear Water (Alex Pertout)
6. Otra Vez (Alex Pertout)
7. The King's Lament (Nilusha Dassenaike)
8. Sapphire (Nilusha Dassenaike)
9. Wanderlust (Alex Pertout / Nilusha Dassenaike)
10. Nemamusasa / I Gave My Love A Cherry (Traditional)

Nilusha Dassenaike: lead, background vocals, handclaps
Alex Pertout: cajon, bombo, congas, bongos, ibo, kanjira, berimbau, frame drums, shakers, cowbell, triangle, quijada, pandereta, cascabeles, reque, udekki, pandeiro, udus, claves, shekere, surdo, maracas, güiro, caxixis, khartal, chapchas, cymbals, handclaps, nyunga nyunga mbira, vibes, marimba, glockenspiel, zampoñas, percussion effects
Mike Stern: lead, rhythm guitars

Paul Grabowsky: piano
Hossam Ramzy: Egyptian tabla, reque, jingles
Edsel Gomez: piano
Tom E Lewis: didgernidoos, vocals
Alan Plachta: lead, rhythm guitars
Miroslav Bukovsky: muted trumpet, flugelhorn
David Alfaro: piano
Andrea Keller: piano
William Roblejo: violin
Luke Howard: piano
Peter Petrucci: rhythm guitas
Adrian Sherriff:
Craig Newman: bass
John Norton: oud
Evripides Evripidou: bass

Recorded and edited by Alex Pertout at Che-Chi Studio
Additional recordings by Alfonso Peña (Havana, Cuba), Alan Plachta (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Hossam Ramzy (Surrey, England), Chris Gilroy (New York, USA), Craig Newman, Evripides Evripidou and Lachlan Wooden
Mixed by Doug Brady at The Brady Music Studio
Mastered by Leon Zervos at Studios 301

Produced by Alex Pertout

Cover Art by Nilusha Dassenaike
Design by Luke Fraser

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© 2012 Whispering Tree Music


Percussionist Alex Pertout and vocalist Nilusha Dassenaike present Moments In Time, an absorbing journey into contemporary jazz, contemporary world and standout originals.

The album unveils their Alex & Nilusha project bringing together a stellar cast of Australia’s most distinctive creative performers to participate in their vision, including jazz pianists Joe Chindamo and Tony Gould, trumpeter Miroslav Bukovsky, drummer David Jones, guitarist Leonard Grigoryan, sarodist Saby Bhattacharya, bassist Craig Newman and legendary Latin-jazz flautist Dave Valentin.

Moments In Time is a relentlessly innovative and fascinating journey. It is the kind of album that keeps drawing the listener back. There are new insights with every visit, like a good friend that will be around for years. — Leon Gettler

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Moments In Time - Digital Booklet

Moments In Time - Top 5 Australian Jazz Albums of 2012!

Ivan Lloyd from ABC Jazz Radio 'Jazz Notes' program listed 'Moments In Time' as one of the Top 5 Australian Jazz albums releases of 2012!


Moments In Time was 'Feature Album Of The Week' on ABC JAZZ Australia's top jazz digital/online radio station




THE AUSTRALIAN | “This is a formidable undertaking” John McBeath
★★★★ ½

THE AGE/SYDNEY MORNING HERALD | “A suite of songs that entrances the senses” Warwick McFadyen ★★★★

DRUMSCENE MAGAZINE | “A truly exquisite album” Trent Bryson-Dean

JAZZ PLANET/EXTEMPORE | “The album draws you in and entrances you…it’s a lovely experience, like a dark star, once you get close enough, you’re lost”  Peter Kenneally

POPULAR PERCUSSIONIST | “One discovers new nuances with every listen” KJ

INPRESS | "Magic Moments, so many glorious subtleties...a world-class jazz/pop sound" Jeff Jenkings

3AW/AFTERNOON EXPERTS | “A wonderful album from two gifted artists…the music is magnificent” Billy Pinnell

SBS-RADIO/TEMAS | "Marvellous musicians generating very creative proposals" Claudianna Blanco

ABC/THE INSIDE SLEEVE | “The latest album sees him team up with the beautiful vocals of Nilusha Dassenaike with stunning results. A very beautiful collaboration” Robbie Buck

PBS-FM/FIESTA JAZZ | “Absolutely love it” Saul Zavarce

ABC/JAZZ NOTES | “Both bring to the blend of jazz South American and Asian exotic sounds…terrific originals” Ivan Lloyd

PBS-FM/JAZZ ON SATURDAY | “A marvellous recording” Jim McLeod


Moments In Time (excerpt)
[Alex Pertout / Lyrics by Nilusha Dassenaike]

Nilusha Dassenaike: lead vocal
Alex Pertout: congas, shekere, okonkolo, cowbell, vibes and glockenspiel
Miroslav Bukovsky: trumpet
Dave Valentin: flutes
Joe Chindamo: piano and accordion
Craig Newman: bass
David Jones: drums

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"Dynamic duo..." POPULAR PERCUSSIONIST (Canada)

"A world-class jazz/pop sound" INPRESS

"A very beautiful collaboration” ABC/THE INSIDE SLEEVE

"Percussionist Alex Pertout and singer Nilusha Dassenaike presented a delicate fusion of different traditions..." THE GUARDIAN (UK)

"Both bring to the blend of jazz South American and Asian exotic sounds…terrific originals” ABC/JAZZ NOTES

“A suite of songs that entrances the senses” THE AGE/SYDNEY MORNING HERALD


Mosaic Music Festival, Esplanade, Singapore;
Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre;
Capital Jazz Project, Street Theatre, Canberra;
Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Melbourne Recital Centre;
Stonnington Jazz Festival, Chapel Off Chapel;
Brunswick Music Festival, Brunswick Uniting Church;
Australia's Ultimate Drummer's Weekend, Darebbin Arts Centre;
Riverside Live, Victorian Arts Centre;
The Famous Spiegeltent, Arts Centre Forecourt;
Colombo Dutch Burgher Union Jazz Club, Sri Lanka;
Melba Hall, University of Melbourne;
Global Winter Music Gathering, Mechanics Institute;
The Boite, Box Hill Community Center;
Soulfood, Village Roadshow Theatrette;
The Music Show, ABC Radio National, Southbank;
Radiothon, 3MBS Studios, Abbotsford;
The Gathering, Melbourne Recital Centre;
Camberwell Music Society, Camberwell Uniting Church;
The Boite's World Music Cafe, Nth Fitzroy;
Opening for Richard Bona, Melbourne Recital Centre;
Bennetts Lane; Paris Cat; Dizzy's Jazz Club; The Butterfly Club...



Ensemble led by Chilean born percussionist-composer Alex Pertout and Sri Lankan born vocalist-composer Nilusha Dassenaike which embraces an authentic contemporary world sound created in Australia but informed by many locations around the globe including their profound personal Latin American and South Asian roots, as well as their mutual love and respect for the art of improvisation.

This is revealed through their compositions, arrangements and performances which incorporate contemporary jazz and world styles, improvisation and highly refined musicianship. The ensemble has performed nationally and internationally in concert, festivals and jazz clubs.

contemporary jazz, world...



Alex & Nilusha appeared on ABC Radio National The Music Show hosted by Andrew Ford. Here is the live performance of two songs from our album Moments In Time and the interview.

Alex & Nilusha appeared on 3PBS Fiesta Jazz hosted by Saul Zavarce.


Alex was interviewed by Claudianna Blanco for her program Temas on SBS Spanish Radio.

Alex & Nilusha
appeared on 94.9 JoyFM Bent Notes hosted by David Moyle.

b Drumscene interview by Ray Deegan

Popular Percussionist article by KJ

Jazz-Planet / Extempore interview by Miriam Zolin

ABC Arts Studio Shots article by Tabitha Howard

Inpress Magazine article by Jeff Jenkins

Melbourne Leader article by Cathy Nilbett



Mike Stern on recording on 'Tales To Tell'
"Alex Pertout is a wonderful percussionist and Nilusha Dassenaike is a beautiful singer, as 'Alex & Nilusha' they have written some wonderful music together for a new cd and I was very glad to have had an opportunity to contribute to it. Thank you very much!"
Mike Stern Legendary US Guitarist, Composer, Recording Artist

Edsel Gomez on recording on 'Tales To Tell'
"Very beautiful, heart warming music. I am honored to have taken part on Alex and Nilusha's Tales To Tell."
Edsel Gomez — Award winning pianist, composer, arranger with Dee Dee Bridgewater

Shane Howard regarding 'Moments In Time'
"Moments In Time is a beautifully realised album of work."
Shane Howard — Renowned Australian singer-songwriter

Pelladito regarding 'Moments In Time'
"I really like the work you are realising, the traditional versions are well developed and the original pieces I like a lot. I enjoyed the variety and the great balance you are presenting. Nilusha has a beautiful voice, excellent work."

Roman Justo Pelladito - Legendary Afro-Cuban master drummer, educator

Hossam Ramzy regarding 'Moments In Time'

"The rhythms by Alex are very exciting, they are taking me on a tour around the world in an ethnically authentic way. Deep and touching while funky and groovy, appropriate to every song and bringing an addictive sound that I have to listen to day after day, one melting pot that is delicious to the heart of rhythm lovers. Nilusha's voice, which I hear now for the first time is ‘pure velvet’,  warm, loving, emotionally captivating, musically enchanting and soul touching. Well done Alex & Nilusha!"
Hossam Ramzy — Internationally acclaimed Egyptian Percussionist

Australia's Ultimate Drummer's Weekend 2012
"The performance was beautiful, inspiring, life-changing. Sensitive and compassionate music with deep expression always moves people to a higher level...Nilusha and Alex did just that."
Dom Famularo — International Drummer, Author, Clinician

ABC Radio National - The Music Show
"That was sensational, I thoroughly enjoyed these pieces, world class!"
Paul Wheeler — Former Bassist with Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs

Global Winter Music Gathering
"Saw these guys perform at the Brunswick Mechanic's Institute last Saturday night. What exquisite musicianship, technique, taste and variety in rhythms and dynamics."
Anne Harkin — Percussionist, Educator

Australian Stage - Opening for Richard Bona at MRC
"The Melbourne support act, Alex & Nilusha was a good choice to open the show. Also drawing on many cultural sources for inspiration – jazz, Indian and Brazilian – the group had a similar lineup to Richard Bona’s and fine musical versatility."
Carol Middleton — Australian Stage

Mocha Times - Opening for Richard Bona at MRC
"I was lucky enough to notice a poster for a one-night only show featuring Richard Bona and his group, presenting their latest Ten Shades of the Blues album. It was a must see, and frankly, it was an awesome performance, and surprisingly enough, the support act was absolutely amazing. They simply swept me off my feet. They were, Alex & Nilusha! Highly recommended."
Romesh — The Mocha Times



Chilean born Alex Pertout has for decades being recognised as one of Australia's leading percussionists and with credits on hundreds of albums and soundtracks is undeniably one of Australia's most recorded musicians. Alex has also attained credits with television orchestras, in countless live performances, in the theatre, as a recording artist and record producer as well as a respected educator.

As a founding member of the Australian Art Orchestra led by Paul Grabowsky he has toured Europe, North America, Asia and Oceania, has performed as a soloist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, has recording, performance and television orchestra credits with an array of artists including Powderfinger, Badi Assad, Shane Howard, James Morrison, Paul Kelly, Casiopea, Jackson Browne, Little River Band w/John Farnham, Archie Roach, Hunters & Collectors, Daryl Braithwaite, Goanna, Tony Gould, Dave Valentin, Tina Arena, Kate Ceberano, Tom E Lewis and Brian Brown among many others and was a featured percussionist in The Lion King theatre production.

Alex has produced cds as a multi-instrumentalist/composer, is the author of 'Sight Reading: The Rhythm Book' released worldwide by US publishers Mel Bay, is a regular contributor to Drumscene magazine and is endorsed internationally by Meinl percussion, Sabian cymbals and Vater sticks. Alex graduated with High Distinction from the VCA, holds an MPhil from the ANU and is a Senior Lecturer and Head of Contemporary Music Performance at the Faculty of VCA and MCM, University of Melbourne.

Sri Lankan born Nilusha Dassenaike has a unique vocal style that incorporates a delicate balance between her eastern and western musical influences with silk like sounds with rhythmic improvisation. Nilusha has vast performance and studio recording experience ranging from jazz to popular styles including credits with Tony Gould, Don Burrows, Dave Valentin, James Morrison, Renee Geyer, Hugh Jackman, Kutcha Edwards, Bob Sedergreen, Kate Ceberano, Tom E Lewis, Ross McLennan, Stevie Wright, Ross Wilson, David Campbell, Shane Howard, and David Jones among many others.

She has been the resident vocalist/arranger for the 7 and 9 Networks on various shows including Australia’s Got Talent, Singing Bee, Hey, Hey It’s Saturday, Carols by Candlelight, The Footy Show, X Factor and It Takes Two, has been invited to sing the national anthem at various international sporting telecasts including the prominent Boxing Day Test Match at the MCG, and featured on the theme song from the television drama series Canal Road.

Nilusha recently completed a Master of Philosophy in Music at the Australian National University and also has the unique distinction of graduating from both the School of Music and the School of Art at the Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne where she obtained a Bachelor Degree in Music with Distinction (Improvisation Stream - Voice) and a Bachelor of Fine Art (Printmaking). Nilusha is also an experienced educator conducting regular classes at VCA and NMIT.


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Live on ABC Radio National The Music Show



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