19. March 2017 - 14:00 till 17:00
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Melissa Forbes accompanied by Alison Riethmuller | Jimbour Homestead | Sunday, 19. March 2017

Dr Melissa Forbes is an esteemed vocalist, songwriter and music educator, returning to perform at Jimbour House following her highly successful ‘Duelling Diva’s’ performance alongside pianist Alison Riethmuller in 2012.

Melissa’s voice moves seamlessly between jazz, rnb, soul and blues, and she interprets music theatre and popular standards in her own inimitable style. Alison’s skills as a pianist and accompanist are always evident through her original arrangements and empathy with any musician. Together, Melissa and Alison have performed throughout Australia and internationally, with highlights including The Brisbane Jazz Festival, Women in Voice, Brisbane Jazz Club, The Orient Express, numerous Artsworx concerts and throughout Asia and Europe.

Through their shared love of intimate piano/vocal performance, vocal harmony and exploring new repertoire, Melissa and Alison have found their own unique sound and style over 16 years of working together. Expect to hear everything from jazz standards, 60’s Motown and pop right through to contemporary songs reinterpreted and delivered with the finesse for which they are both well known.

In addition to regularly performing, both Melissa and Alison also currently lecture at the University of Southern Queensland as Contemporary Vocal and Piano lecturers respectively, in the Creative Arts (Music) program. University of Southern Queensland and in a former life, she was a corporate lawyer of little renown.