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
The latest album sees him team up with the beautiful vocals
Nilusha Dassenaike with stunning results...
Robbie Buck | ABC/THE INSIDE SLEEVE
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 PERTOUT & FRIENDS performs his original compositions, standards from the contemporary jazz songbook as well as pieces from contemporary sources incorporating world rhythms and improvisation. The ensemble has featured special guests including master percussionists Hossam Ramzy, noted author and pianist Mark Levine, trombonist James Greening, pianists Tony Gould and Alister Spence, saxophonist Lachlan Davidson and vocalists Christine Sullivan and Nilusha Dassenaike.
The ensemble has performed in concerts, festivals, jazz clubs, on radio and television, both nationally and internationally, performances include opening act for Ottmar Liebert at Melbourne Halmer Hall, Coast To Coast on ABC-TV, Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Electric Jazz Festival, Duende and El Fuego MAV Festivals at Melbourne Hamer Hall, Australian Jazz Yatra in Mumbai, India, Montsalvat Jazz Festival, Jazz In The Green Room at the Victorian Arts Centre, Australia's Ultimate Drummer's Weekend, Good Morning Australia on Network 10, Brunswick Music Festival, Coburg Music Festival, Spoletto Melbourne Festival, Music Deli on ABC Radio, Jazz Az Now on ABC-TV, Twilight Jazz at the Myer Music Bowl, Moomba Jazz Festival, Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Brunswick Mechanics Institute and Chapel Off Chapel.
Performance by percussionist Alex Pertout was way above the
Pertout impressed with his Latin American rhythms...
Narendra Kusnur | MIDDAY MUMBAI (INDIA)
ORQUESTA FRENESI is a large ensemble that speciales in Latin American repertoire established and directed by Alex Pertout. The instrumentation consists of vocals, trumpet, saxophone, trombone, guitar, piano, bass, congas, timbales and drums. The ensemble performs material from Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian sources featuring styles such as son, cha cha cha, mambo, bossa nova and samba.
Guests have included vocalist Nilusha Dassenaike, trumpeters Scott Tinkler and Miroslav Bukovsky, noted author and pianist Mark Levine, saxophonist Fiona Burnett and legendary Latin-jazz flautist Dave Valentin. The ensemble has performed widely in concert at Hamer Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre, Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, The Stage, Iwaki Auditorium and St Kilda Town Hall.
YAMBU is a percussion ensemble established and directed by Alex Pertout. The percussion ensemble performs traditional repertoire from an array of rhythmical sources including the vast Caribbean and South American territory, as well as originals material composed and arranged by Alex Pertout.
The ensemble also performs with solo vocalists as well as vocal ensembles. Guests have included jazz vocalist Christine Sullivan, a capella group Coco's Lunch, South African vocalist Valanga Khoza, vocalist Nilusha Dassenaike and her vocal ensemble 'Coro' and indigenous singer-songwriter Kutcha Edwards. The ensemble was the recipient of a 'Development Grant' from the Australia Council for the Arts. The ensemble has performed at Hamer Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre, Iwaki Auditorium, Australia’s Ultimate Drummer's Weekend and Late Night Live with Phillip Adams on ABC Radio.
ENSEMBLE MUNDO is an eclectic and versatile ensemble established and directed by Alex Pertout. The ensemble performs wide ranging material from across the globe, featuring an array of special guest artists. Guests have included indigenous singer-songwriter Kutcha Edwards, Indian mridangam master Karaikudi R Mani, Indian percussionist Gatham Suresh, singer-songwriter Shane Howard, Chilean guitarist Alejandro Vargas, vocalist Nilusha Dassenaike and indigenous singer-songwriter Tom E Lewis. The ensemble has performed at Hamer Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre, Iwaki Auditorium, Federation Hall, BMW Edge, Stonnington Jazz Festival and at the VCA Concert Auditorium.