Monique and The Dopamine
- Live at The Count's
- The Count’s
The Ian Potter Centre for Performing Arts
$10 - $25
Pianist, songwriter and vocalist Monique DiMattina brings her gangsta jazz outfit to The Count's.
The versatile and virtuosic Monique diMattina returns to The Counts with a wild program spanning 1920 through today, laying down beats from Jelly Roll Morton, Lil Hardin and Fats Waller alongside new works from her recently penned musical on the life of Australian writer Stella Miles Franklin, culminating in the epic, iconic Rhapsody in Blue – co-incidentally composed in NYC while the young Australian Miles Franklin was visiting the city in 1923. Featuring long time collaborators Sam Lemann (guitar) Mat Jodrell (trumpet) and Freyja Hooper (drums).
“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
“An astonishing player, songwriter and singer” – Music Roots & Style
Monique diMattina’s versatile talents and expansive interests have seen her wear many hats through an adventurous musical career.
A Fulbright scholar, Monique lived in NYC through the noughties, waited tables at the Village Vanguard, ran the NYC marathon, completed her Masters on be-bop pianist Wynton Kelly, came a cropper rollerblading in Central park, opened for Lou Reed and worked the singer-songwriter scene.
Back in Melbourne since 2009, Monique has released six albums to critical acclaim – three albums of contemporary classical and improvised solo piano compositions, and three albums as singer-songwriter in a jazz/roots vein. Her celebrated 2012 album Nola’s Ark was recorded in New Orleans with musicians from the bands of Dr John and Harry Connick Jnr.
Monique has toured two self-penned shows, An Affair to Dismember (solo) and The Dao of Dylan in duo with Rebecca Barnard. Her 3RRR and ABC Radio Melbourne segment ‘Shaken Not Rehearsed’ involved writing a bespoke song in an hour to listener requests. Monique toured internationally as principal pianist in Disney’s The Lion King, has scored various film and stage productions and was Musical Director of Tapestry: The Songs of Carol King feat. Vika Bull and Debra Byrne.
Monique is a Yamaha artist and mother of two. She plays in the bands of Alma Zygier and Harry James Angus and teaches in the Melbourne Conservatorium and Monash University jazz departments.
‘Monique diMattina has reached that hallowed ground where influences and inspirations coalesce to produce a unique voice’
Martin Jones, Rhythms Mag
‘A touch, tone & sensibility only found in artists of the highest calibre’
Dr Tony Gould
‘An astonishing player, songwriter and singer’
Music Roots & Style