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Everybody Loves Somebody - Monique Di Mattina

Nola's Ark - Monique Di Mattina

Welcome Stranger - Monique Di Mattina

Sun Signs - Monique Di Mattina

Senses - Monique Di Mattina

Live at the 55 - Monique Di Mattina

Live at the JZ - Monique Di Mattina

Biography

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“Monique’s witty songs are on a par with the Broadway songsmiths of the 1930s ..how refreshing to hear her intelligence bringing popular music and jazz together again” – Lucky Oceans Daily Planet ABC RN

“Dynamic and utterly divine” – Sydney City Hub

“The tones and the groove are as laid-back as they are honey quilted.” – Syd Morning Herald (****)

“An astonishing player, songwriter and singer” – Music Roots & Style

“Jazz smarts sculpt elegant pop” – ABC Limelight
“Sophisticated and playful” – Dave Graney, 3RRR

Singer/songwriter, boogie-woogie barrelhouse basher, composer of crystalline piano miniatures, radio personality and in-demand session pianist, Monique diMattina’s cred as a mature and versatile artist is well deserved.

A raconteur “about us and the place we live” (The Age), possessing a “Dylanesque swagger with the Aussie vernacular“,  Monique cut her teeth in New York City, recording her first album live at the famous Greenwich Village 55 Bar and playing alongside the likes of Lou Reed, Bjork and Jimmy Cobb.  Since returning to Australia in 2009, diMattina has released five albums on Head records to critical acclaim, and toured her two self-penned shows An Affair to Dismember and The Dao of Dylan with Rebecca Barnard

 ‘Nola’s Ark’ was recorded in New Orleans at the famed Piety Studios with an all-star line-up of musicians featured in HBO’s ‘Treme’ series, including trumpeter Leroy Jones (Harry Connick Jnr band) and bass/sousaphone man Matt Perrine (Dr John, Jon Cleary). The album features songs written on Monique’s ABC Melbourne and Triple R segment ‘Shaken Not Rehearsed’ alongside standards such as ‘Young at Heart’ and Fats Waller’s ‘Numb Fumblin’.

The latest album ‘Everybody Loves Somebody’ was recorded in Melbourne by producer Marty Brown (Art of Fighting, Clare Bowditch) and features the cream of Melbourne’s jazz/roots music scene, with songs on fast lust, platonic pacts, french fantasy, star-crossed train wrecks, parasitic attachments and social change.

In her energetic live performances diMattina’s larrikin lyrics are at the fore, supported by her authoritative and soulful pianism.  

Back story
In 2000 diMattina received prestigious Fulbright and Queens Trust awards for study in New York City.  Over several years in NYC Monique completed her Masters thesis on Miles Davis pianist Wynton Kelly, worked with Lou Reed, Bjork and Jimmy Cobb, played recitals for dignitaries including Bill Clinton and Vaclav Havel, ran the New York Marathon, maintained an addiction to Gus’s Dill Pickles, participated in wild Obama victory celebrations and recorded her 1st album ‘Live at the 55’ at the iconic 55 Bar in Greenwich Village.
Following her 2009 return to Melbourne, Australia, Monique has released five albums on Head Records – two exquisite solo piano collections Senses and Sun Signs (“Calm notes with a sharp intelligence, this luscious soundscape is the thinking person’s zen escape.” – Readings 2011) the acclaimed rootsy jazz-pop inflected ‘Welcome Stranger’ – “..a pure Melbourne album in so many ways..about us and from the place we live” .. (Chris Johnston, The Age) featuring the bluesy “Livingest Place” (“the nicest and slyest Melbourne vs Sydney song ever” – Doug Spencer, ABC RN) – Nola’s Ark (Monique diMattina in New Orleans) and Everybody Loves Somebody.
Monique appears regularly on ABC Melbourne and Triple R with her ‘Shaken Not Rehearsed’ segment, in which she writes and performs a song within an hour, according to listener’s requests.
Monique performs regularly with Rebecca Barnard,  Clare Bowditch, Harry James Angus and The Melbourne Tango Quintet.  She teaches piano and song-writing at VCAM (UniMelb) and her music features regularly on ABC, BBC London and local radio.


Everybody Loves Somebody - Monique Di Mattina

Nola's Ark - Monique Di Mattina

Welcome Stranger - Monique Di Mattina

Sun Signs - Monique Di Mattina

Senses - Monique Di Mattina

Live at the 55 - Monique Di Mattina

Live at the JZ - Monique Di Mattina