Monique diMattina - pianist/composer
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"Quiet lyricism, hymnal beauty"

“..The evening’s highlight was a bracket of solo instrumentals drawn from and inspired by diMattina’s new album, Senses. The pianist began with an extended improvisation consisting almost entirely of fast flowing ripples, creating a sense of movement that was by turns soothing and dramatic. The rushing water then subsided into a pool of quiet lyricism, almost hymnal in its beauty (‘Species’), before segueing into a gentle waltz (‘Zephyr’) that rocked back and forth like a shadowy lullaby..� - Jessica Nicholas - The Age


"High caliber, beautiful listening experience"

"This recording is a wonderful example of the creative spirit in the music of Monique Di Mattina. It is enhanced by a tone, touch and sensitivity at the keyboard which can only be found in artists of high calibre. It is a beautiful listening experience."
- Dr A. Gould, Grove Music - Dr A. Gould, Grove Music


Discography

Through independent label Elwood Records Monique has produced and played on 7 CD's, including..

'Monique diMattina Live@55 - Drinkin Music for a Drinkin Bar'
blues based originals recorded live at the 55 Bar, Greenwich Village 2002

'diMattina/Swann Live@JZ'
Swinging jazz piano set recorded live at the JZ Jazz Club for the Autumn Moon Festival, China 2006.

'Senses'
Mystic solo piano dreams, compositions and improvisations.

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Bio

Reflecting influences spanning Bach through early New Orleans Jazz, Blues/Roots, Country, French Impressionism and silence, Monique diMattina's music has been heard at clubs and festivals all over Australia, New York, Europe and Asia.

While at high school in Melbourne Australia, Monique filled her mathematics timetable with music lessons in piano, Irish harp, clarinet, saxophone, bass and drumkit.
After a B.Mus and B.Litt at the University of Melbourne, diMattina was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to complete her Master of Music in New York City.
The time she spent in NYC was fun. She played lots of jazz gigs including recitals for Bill Clinton, Kofi Annan and Vaclav Havel, ate salmon/dill bagels and heard loads of music while waiting tables at the Village Vanguard.

The terms of the scholarship included that she return to her native country to share the good news about the U.S. of A. Back in Australia Monique wrote more music, played more gigs, received Queens Trust, Australia Council and Potter Cultural Trust grants, travelled a bunch and worked at getting back to NYC, where she now lives with a lovely piano and her daughter Soleil.
In between changing diapers Monique plays the occasional gig in the East Village.

Through her independent label Elwood Records Monique has produced and played on 7 CD's, including..

'Monique diMattina Live@55 - Drinkin Music for a Drinkin Bar'
blues based originals recorded live at the 55 Bar, Greenwich Village 2002

'diMattina/Swann Live@JZ'
a swingin jazz piano set recorded live at the JZ Jazz Club for the Autumn Moon Festival, China 2006.

'Senses'
Delicate solo piano dreams, compositions and improvisations