ALEX & NILUSHA present their new album Tales To Tell, the follow up to their critically acclaimed 2012 release ‘Moments In Time’. Recorded in Melbourne, Cuba, Argentina, USA and England the album showcases original compositions by Alex Pertout and Nilusha Dassenaike and features an eclectic cast of outstanding national and international guests including legendary American guitarist Mike Stern, pianist Paul Grabowsky, Puerto Rican pianist Edsel Gomez, Cuban pianist David Alfaro and violinist Willam Roblejo, Egyptian master drummer Hossam Ramzy, Argentinian guitarist Alan Plachta as well as a special performance by Tom E Lewis.
Tales To Tell takes its listeners on an alluring journey of sounds gathered from around the globe and Alex & Nilusha’s home town, Melbourne.
Alex and Nilusha celebrate their new album Tales to Tell with a live set on The Music Show on Radio National. ‘Nothing to hide’ is composed by Alex Pertout and Nilusha Dassenaike and performed by Alex Pertout: cajon (box), berimbau, Ibo (pot), djembe, nyunga nyunga mbira; Nilusha Dassenaike: vocal; Adrian Sherriff: flute; Liam Butler-Webb: piano; Frank Di Sario: acoustic bass; Thomas Harrison: drums
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 and 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, has a 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 holds an MPhil in Music from the ANU and is a Senior Lecturer and Head of Contemporary Music Performance at the Faculty of VCA, 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 including credits with Renee Geyer, Don Burrows, David Campbell, Dave Valentin, Kutcha Edwards, Bob Sedergreen, Tom E Lewis, Ross McLennan, Tony Gould, Stevie Wright, Ross Wilson, Shane Howard, Leonard Grigoryan and Monique DiMattina among 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 an MPhil in Music at the ANU and 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 and a Bachelor of Fine Art majoring in Printmaking. Nilusha is also an experienced educator conducting regular classes at VCA and NMIT.
TALES TO TELL: Alex & Nilusha
Released September 2014
Nilusha Dassenaike: lead, background vocals, handclaps
Alex Pertout: world percussion, konnakol, zampoñas
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 guitars
Adrian Sherriff: bansuri
Craig Newman: bass
John Norton: oud
Evripides Evripidou: bass rhythm guitars
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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