NILUSHA DASSENAIKE The Lotus Verses
WTM-004 (2014)



Primed with a pure velvet voice that crosses two languages and composing and arranging skills that weave together a rare synthesis of contemporary jazz and Sri Lankan folk music, Nilusha Dassenaike has crafted a debut album that takes an entirely fresh approach to contemporary vocal improvisation by integrating elements of soul and pop with the rich traditions of jazz, world music and so much more. The album also features performances by a selection of Australia’s finest creative musicians, Alex Pertout, Luke Howard, Andrea Keller, Peter Petrucci, Miroslav Bukovski, Chris Hale and Craig Newman.


Nilusha Dassenaike
: lead, background vocals
Alex Pertout: world percussion, mallets, konnakol
Miroslav Bukovsky: flugelhorn, muted trumpet
Peter Petrucci: guitar
Luke Howard: piano, nord electric piano
Andrea Keller: piano
Chris Hale: bass
Craig Newman: bass





Recorded and edited by Alex Pertout at Che-Chi Studio
Additional recording by Craig Newman
Mixed by Doug Brady at Gizzy Heights Studios
Mastered by Leon Zervos at Studios 301

Cover Art by Nilusha Dassenaike
Design by Luke Fraser/Ahr+
Photography by Sarah Enticknap
Styling by Tamare Kara


Produced by Alex Pertout


'The Lotus Verses' Digital Booklet






Alex Pertout - Nilusha Dassenaike - Alex & Nilusha
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