Adam Dunning / Bio

Adam Dunning is an Australian singer / songwriter with an international music career between Rio de Janeiro, Melbourne, LA, and Tokyo. With a solid following across Japan (P-Vine Records / Watanabe), Brazil, Australia, Canada, and now Europe, his original songs have gained recognition internationally as vibrant “summer jazz” or "Bossa Cool". With Bossa Nova ever-present in his style, his original songs often denote a sense of the environment and humanity co-existing with the natural world.

* The new album "Glass Bottom Boat" and its predecessor “Sunset Monkeys” were both recorded in Rio with Bossa’s great pioneers, including Roberto Menescal, Joao Donato, as well as other prominent exponents, Barbara Mendes, Cris Delanno / Alex Moreira (Bossacucanova), drummer Rafael Barata (Eliane Elias), and bassist Gastao Villeroy (Milton Nascimento) to name a few.

* The new album Glass Bottom Boat appeals to humanity's conscience, imagining a world where humanity co-exists in harmony with nature where the moon, oceans, romance, and eroticism are all naturally interlinked characters. Includes Dunning’s first English version of “Amazonas” (Donato/Enio), and his “Happy New Year” - written as a get well card to Japan after the 2011 earthquake which Dunning himself was caught in. The album is deemed one of Dunning’s best works, at a point where his writings are becoming fully recognized on the world stage.

* A new single with Gotye’s folk partner, Tash Parker to be released internationally in February 2013 alongside his new album.

* Featured / interviewed on Martini In The Morning Radio (LA), JOY FM (Istanbul), BBC Wales (UK), RTVE Siglo 21 Radio 3 (Spain), KCRW (LA), Bossa Nova Breakfast (US), ABC Radio National - "Inside Sleeve" (Australia-wide), FM Cocolo (Japan), Smooth Jazz Global Radio (US), FM 808 (Japan), Radio Adelaide (Aust), Byron Bay FM (Aust), KLCBS The Jazz Wave (Indonesia), 5MBS (Australia), PBS FM "Switched On" (Aust), Jazz Radio Network (Seattle), RRR FM "The Village" (Aust) RRR FM "Banana Lounge Broadcasting" (Aust), Shonan Beach FM (Japan), JOY FM (Aust), North Shore FM (Aust), Eastside Radio (Aust), Coast FM (Aust), and other stations worldwide. Featured article in Japan's widely circulated "Music Magazine", alongside Ben Folds Five and Pet Shop Boys. Other press stories in Jornal do Orla (Brazil), Music Magazine (Japan), Herald Sun (Australia).

* Featured at Sustainable Living Festival 2012 and Feb 2013 (Melbourne), Mornington Festival (Victoria) 2011, Sale Festival (2013), as well as other large Australian jazz outdoor concerts across Australia. To front Bucharest Symphony Orchestra (Romania in 2013), European Tour 2013 (Holland, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland). Performed with Australian leading jazz vocalist Nichaud Fitzgibbon at Abbotsford Convent Gardens, Marco Brito (Brazil), Max Viana (Brazil), and with many trios in Melbourne, Rio, and LA.

* Featured as No. 1 Disc in Tower Records Jazz / World genre across Japan, promoted alongside Norah Jones, and Caetano Veloso.

As a jazz vocalist, Adam moved from life as a media lawyer in London in 2006 to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Over the next 5 years, his life as a composer flourished, where he began working closely with some of the great 1960s Bossa Nova composers and Carioca artists in Rio. Living in a small part of Rio, Leblon bordering Ipanema Beach, Adam developed his Bossa guitar, playing around Rio, earning the name "Australioca" – the blood of an Australian / the soul of the Carioca.

In 2009 he recorded many of his own compositions in his album Sunset Monkeys in Jardim Botanico, a small borough of Rio on the edge of Rio’s great Tijuca Rainforest. He collaborated his songwriting with the 60’s renowned Bossa Nova pioneers, Roberto Menescal, Joao Donato, Lysias Enio, and Carlos Lyra, and wrote the first-ever English versions of some of Brazil’s Bossa classics. He recorded the first-ever English version of Lyra’s "Voce e Eu", as well as writing the first ever English versions to Menescal’s "Nos e o Mar" ("We and the Sea"), and Donato / Enio’s "Flor do Mato" ("Jungle Flower"), their classic "Amazonas" ("The Amazonas"), and more. He also wrote the first ever French version of the Gershwin classic "'S Wonderful" with co-writer Manuel Guignard in Paris, the version subsequently approved by Warner Bros LA. In the Monkeys recordings, the original Bossa greats joined Adam as special guests on the new English versions of their own songs.

Sunset Monkeys was released in November 2010, and has especially been successful in Japan, Turkey, Australia and Western Europe. The title track "Sunset Monkeys" includes the voice of world renowned environmentalist David Suzuki, the dramatic "Green" shakes the world’s conscience, and songs "Leblon" and "Mount Eliza" pay homage to his respective Brazilian and Australian homes.

Singing in Portuguese, English, and Italian, he has recorded duets with great contemporary artists between Australia and Brazil including Cris Delanno, Bossacucanova's Alex Moreira and Rodrigo Sha, Barbara Mendes, Tash Parker, Daniela Procopio, David Feldman, Rafael Barata, Eugenio Dale, and many others.

Adam Dunning. The incomparable voice of summer.

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Melbourne, VIC, AU

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