With a pure velvet voice that crosses two languages, Nilusha Dassenaike reveals her latest album. Her composing and arranging skills weave together a rare synthesis of contemporary jazz and Sri Lankan folk music that takes an entirely fresh approach to contemporary vocal
improvisation. Elements of soul and pop are integrated with the rich traditions of jazz, world music and so much more.
Nilushu came to the Ciccone Academy for singing lessons in 2002. At that time she was a student of The Victorian College of the Arts and was looking for a new approach to help get her through ‘her bridge’ and free up her voice from the rut it was in.
The world premier of Things She Said was presented at the 2014 Melbourne Women’s International Jazz Festival on Sunday 7 December 2014, VCA Grant St Theatre, Southbank. It has also been presented at the Melbourne Recital Centre and at La Mama Theatre.