Panel discussion: The value of jazz in your band program chaired by Dan Quigley
6th Oct 2018 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
South African born vocalist and violinist, Fem Belling, is a rising star on the international jazz scene and has imprinted herself as one of Australia’s most formidable and in demand performers. Her African Jazz roots powerfully augment her unique musicality and interpretations. “A breathtaking storyteller through music.”
The jazz world hums with ubiquitous young singers revisiting the great American songbook, ‘then one comes along with an instrumentalist’s refrain”, extending tandem voice and violin improvisation, A master force in the art of standard’s-singing and equally at home with the soul, funk side of jazz, A sophisticated palate embracing a spectacular breadth of range.
Hailing from musical dynasty, she has performed with many jazz greats, locally and internationally. Solo projects & collaborations: Ronnie Scotts, Pizza Express Soho, Bennetts Lane, JazzLab, Paris Cat, The Royal Variety Show, North Sea Jazz Fest, Hong Kong Jazz Fest, Melbourne Int Jazz Fest , WOMAD, Stonnington Jazz Fest, White Night, Port Fairy Fest, Wangaratta Jazz, Joy of Jazz (SA), Madajazzcar,.
She has performed alongside Gregory Porter, Emanuel Harrold, Reggie Watts, Franck Amsallem, Shalosh Trio, Joe Chindamo, John Foreman, Allan Zavod, Hugh Masekela, The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra (ARIA nomination)
Fem shot to international attention turning all 4 chairs on The Voice with Ricky Martin, Jessie J & Delta Goodrem fighting for the chance to mentor her. Jessie J won out, saying she has been “waiting for someone like this”.
Awards: NOW THEN – Best Jazz Album Nominee The Age Music Awards. Recipient of 5 VITA AWARDS. Green Room Award nom: Best Leading Actress. Performing for Her Majesty the Queen. Lead roles in West End shows include Hairspray, Fame, and Footloose. International shows Cats & Liza Minnelli in THE BOY FROM OZ.
Fem is a YAMAHA AUSTRALIA ARTIST playing their 5 string Electric Silent violin & YEV.
“Bloody Brilliant – @#*% incredible” – Robbie Williams
It’s impossible to ignore Fem Belling. Once you listen to her voice, see her perform, you know you have to pay attention, take in all that she passionately has to communicate, to narrate, to share. – australianjazz.net
With raw, Macy Gray-like vocal edges, a tempered rhythm and cerebral-deep smooth grooves, this songstress holds us transfixed long after her final note – Ching Pei Khoo THE MUSIC
Belling’s husky vocal scatting breaking the original’s down to delectable, bite-sized morsels. In Belling’s kitchen, she cooks up slow-food jazz – THE MUSIC
“Belling’s prodigious vocal control – truly a chill- inducing performance” – Artshub
“Belling is a pocket rocket with a versatile vocal palette and a gift for improvisation. If it’s music you want to hear, you won’t be disappointed by these lush and limber jazz styling’s” – The Herald Sun
“I believe a new musical star was born on stage last night” – SA Tonight
“Once Fem walks onto the stage you are under her spell.” – The Age
“Belling is an exceptional talent with a compelling presence and versatile, powerful voice” – the Herald Sun