|ALEX & NILUSHA
ALEX & NILUSHA is an award-winning collaborative project led by percussionist Alex Pertout and vocalist Nilusha Dassenaike which embraces an authentic crosscultural contemporary sound created in Australia but informed by many locations around the globe, including their profound personal Latin American and South Asian roots. They have presented their project in concerts, jazz clubs, festivals, on radio and television in Australia as well as in Singapore, Sri Lanka, Mexico and Cuba.
Their recordings feature an impressive gathering of outstading national and international guests including legendary US guitarist Mike Stern, Egyptian percussionist Hossam Ramzy, pianist Paul Grabowsky, indigenous singer-songwriter Tom E Lewis, Latin-jazz flautist Dave Valentin, guitarists Leonard Grigoryan, Puerto Rican pianist Edsel Gomez, Cuban violinist William Roblejo and trumpetist Miroslav Bukovsky to name a few.
Their debut album 'Moments In Time' received critical acclaimed including an ABC Jazz 'Album Of The Week' and an ABC Jazz Notes 'Top 5 Australian Jazz Albums of 2012' endorsement, while their latest release 'Tales To Tell' recorded in Melbourne, New York, Buenos Aires, London and Havana was awarded the 'Premio Internacional' at the 2015 Cubadisco Music Awards in Havana, Cuba.
A polished and possibly unique combination of traditional Sinhala
melodies, pan-Latin and world music rhythms and jazz textures...
Tony Hillier RHYTHMS MAGAZINE
POPULAR PERCUSSIONIST (Canada)
A delicate fusion of different traditions...
David James THE GUARDIAN (UK)
Both bring to the blend of jazz South American
Asian exotic sounds…terrific originals...
Ivan Lloyd ABC/JAZZ NOTES
A world-class jazz/pop sound...
Jeff Jenkins INPRESS
Alex & Nilusha present their 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.
WINNER OF PREMIO INTERNACIONAL
2015 CUBADISCO MUSIC AWARDS
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Chilean born percussionist Alex Pertout and Sri Lankan born vocalist Nilusha Dassenaike present their debut project album 'Moments In Time', an absorbing journey into contemporary world, contemporary jazz 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 pianists Joe Chindamo, Tony Gould and Andrew Jones, trumpeter Miroslav Bukovsky, drummer David Jones, guitarist Leonard Grigoryan, sarodist Saby Bhattacharya, bassist Craig Newman and legendary Latin-jazz flautist Dave Valentin.
Album Of The Week
ABC JAZZ NOTES
Top 5 Australian Jazz Albums of 2012
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