Adam Dunning. The incomparable voice of summer.
Adam Dunning is an Australian singer / songwriter with an international career between Rio de Janeiro, Melbourne, LA, and Tokyo. His work has been deemed summer jazz, a strong presence of Brazilian Bossa Nova blended with a light jazz feel, and his songs often denote a sense of the environment and humanity living in a truly natural world.
With a background as a jazz / swing singer, Adam left his life as a media lawyer in London in 2006 and moved to Rio de Janeiro. Over the next 5 years, his life as a composer florished, 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, and 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 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. His collaboration with co-writer and musician Ronaldo Cotrim has meant a strong link between Brazilian and European summer-style compositions.
The new album Glass Bottom Boat, which was also produced in Rio over 2011 and for release mid 2012, looks to our understanding of the oceans, our place in the natural world, and the often unseen forces of nature on our sexuality and love. The album is deemed one of Dunning’s best works, at a point where his writings are just starting to be fully recognized on the world stage.
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