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FEATURE: ABC Jazz Radio
Moments In Time was 'Feature Album Of The Week' on ABC JAZZ Australia's top jazz digital/online radio station
REVIEW: Popular Percussionist
A review of Moments In Time is featured in the online percussion magazine 'Popular Percussionist' from Canada
FEATURE: Bandcamp Website
The complete Moments In Time album is now featured on the bandcamp website.
FEATURE: Adore Jazz
From the Netherlands, a wonderful jazz radio station hosted by Guy Zinger that specialises and airs the best in vocal jazz has added our Moments In Time to their playlist!
The Australian jazz online website Jazz-Planet associated with Extempore magazine has published an interview by Miriam Zolin.
Alex Pertout is featured in the latest issue of Drumscene the Australian drumming magazine.
BLOG: ABC Arts Studio Shots
The online ABC Arts Studio Shots page has published a special feature following our performance on ABC Radio National The Music Show.
THE AUSTRALIAN | “This is a formidable undertaking” John McBeath
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
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
© 2012 Whispering Tree Music
Distributed by The Planet Company/MGM
Moments In Time
[Alex Pertout /
Lyrics by Nilusha Dassenaike]
Nilusha: lead vocal
Alex: congas, shekere, okonkolo, cowbell, vibes and glockenspiel
Miroslav Bukovsky: trumpet
Dave Valentin: flutes
Joe Chindamo: piano and accordion
Craig Newman: bass
David Jones: drums
Moments In Time - Digital Booklet
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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.
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.
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.
BENNETTS LANE JAZZ CLUB
25 Bennetts Lane
Saturday 11 May @ 9:00pm
Melbourne Recital Centre, Stonnington Jazz Festival, Brunswick Music Festival, Chapel Off Chapel, Australia's Ultimate Drummer's Weekend, Darebbin Arts Centre, Bennetts Lane, The Famous Spiegeltent, Colombo Dutch Burgher Union Jazz Club Sri Lanka, Riverside Live Arts Centre, Global Winter Music Gathering, Mechanics Institute, Camberwell Music Society, Dizzy's Jazz Club, Brunswick Uniting Church, The Boite's World Music Cafe, Box Hill Community Center, Soulfood Village Roadshow Theatrette, ABC Radio National The Music Show, Paris Cat, The Butterfly Club, Melba Hall...
Unique ensemble based in Melbourne, Australia 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.
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 widely in jazz clubs both here and internationally, at festivals and in concert venues including The Melbourne Recital Centre, where they opened for Richard Bona.
contemporary jazz, contemporary 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.
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
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
Moments In Time
"I have now listened to Alex & Nilusha for a month since receiving their album. The album has not left my cd player and I love it! The rhythms by Alex are very exciting, bringing me straight to the heart of South America while 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, a must for jazz, world and Latin music lovers. Well done Alex & Nilusha!"
Hossam Ramzy — Internationally acclaimed Egyptian Percussionist
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
Melbourne Recital Centre - Opening for Richard Bona
"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
"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