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Nicola Milan


Fri 10 May 2013, 8:00pm–11:00pm

Where: Kulcha, 13 South Terrace, Fremantle, Western Australia

Restrictions: All Ages Licensed

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  • General Admission (at door): $20.00
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Perth based jazz artist Nicola Milan is about to release her debut full length album, Forbidden Moments after being awarded a $9,765 grant from the Department of Culture and the Arts WA.

Securing one of only 12 highly competitive grants for contemporary music awarded across Western Australia for the August 2012 funding round, Nicola Milan will launch the album at Kulcha in Fremantle on Friday 10 May 2013.

With her brand of easy listening vocal jazz, Ms Milan’s sound is sophisticated, sensual and romantic and fills a gap in the Australian music market. Unlike regular jazz-standard recording artists in Australia, Nicola Milan is an award winning songwriter and has written all ten of the tracks featured on the album.

“The album is the product of two years of my songwriting work, and as its title “Forbidden Moments” suggests, listeners get a glimpse into the intensely private moments of my song’s character’s lives. Moments of passion, romance, heartache and of course love.” Ms Milan says.

“I was excited to include a dramatic tango called “The Scent of Her Perfume” featuring violinist Ashley Arbuckle; former co-leader of the London Symphony Orchestra and former concertmaster of the WA Symphony Orchestra. I feel so blessed to have Ashley perform on the CD. His violin solo tells the story of lost love and despair with melodic lines that are just beautiful.”

It is anticipated that the tango track will be a favourite on the album with so few tangos being released in Australia, in particular vocal tangos. Nicola Milan says that the album treats audiences to delicious variety of sultry Latin rhythms alongside bluesy swing and folk.

There is a spectacular line up of jazz musicians recording on the album including double bassist Pete Jeavons who has performed with international jazz artists including Mark Murphy, Michel Legrand, Geoffrey Keezer, Terreon Gully, Fred Wesley, Carmen Lundy and Andy Sheppard; drummer Michael Perkins who has performed with Don Burrows, Kevin Hunt, James Morrison, Ron Carter, Terrell Stafford, Graeme Lyall, Bob Barnard, and Danny Moss; guitarist Rick Webster who has supported artists including Hank Marvin, Daryl Braithwaite, Thirsty Merc, Mark Seymore and Ruby Rose, Ben Clarke on piano and accordion and Michael Collinson on woodwind who has performed with James Morrison, Marcia Hines, Jerry Lewis, David Campbell, Dale Barlo and Glenn Shorrock.

Recording took place at Crank Studios, Perth’s premier recording studio with sound engineer, composer and musician Lee Buddle who has recorded for Kelly Clarkson and Katie Noonan.

This is Nicola Milan’s second studio album; in 2011 Ms Milan released her debut EP “Little Rendezvous” which received radio play extensively on Australian Community Radio and in the USA and UK and her single “The Chapter You Wrote In My Life” placed in the top ten of the Australian Songwriter’s Competition run by the Australian Songwriting Association. Another track from the EP “Take Your Chances” was featured in the indie feature length movie “Kittens of Woodlake.”
Despite maintaining a busy schedule singing jazz for corporate shows and weddings, in 2011 she performed her own compositions for the United Nation’s “UN Women” and lent her vocals to Sugar Blue Burlesque’s “Black Market Cabaret.” She has performed at festivals including the Fremantle Festival, World Championship Festival in Western Australia and at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival in November 2012.

Nicola Milan will be launching the album on Friday 10 May 2013 in a show set to sizzle with a special performance from some of Perth’s best Argentinean tango dancers at the newly refurbished Kulcha in Fremantle, WA. Nicola has a national tour of Australia scheduled for December 2013.