Do you love to sing, either on your own or with a group? Do you love spontaneity? Do you want to see what happens when the rule book is throw out? Come and join in a fun and gentle introduction to musical improvisation. Melissa’s and Tnee’s workshops are fast-paced and full of joy! They will look at group singing, improvised singing and musical theatre styles. Playful and liberating, the activities in this workshop can help bolster self-confidence and inspire renewed creativity.
You’ll get involved with the essential skills for creating spontaneous songs and musical theatre. Ideal for anyone who loves to sing and wants to have a bit of fun while they’re at it! In doing so Melissa and Tnee will also share and demonstrate their recent learnings from a year long sabbatical (2015-2016) in the UK training with internationally renowned improvised musical companies Showstopper (London), The Maydays (Brighton) and Open Your Mouth and Sing (London).
Brisbane-based singer-actor-writer Melissa Abigail Western was born in Manchester, England … the only daughter of a jazz-singing English father and an award-winning Sri Lankan model mother. By turns sassy, soulful, smart and sweet, Melissa straddles the worlds of jazz, cabaret and theatre. Over the past fifteen years she has performed to audience and critical acclaim locally in Brisbane, nationally throughout Australia and internationally in the UK and France. Her self-penned musical Ella, Marilyn, Marlene and Me was an official sell-out two consecutive years at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, garnering five star reviews from ThreeWeeks “absolutely brilliant… enthralling vocal talents wowed the audience”. In 2013, Melissa’s new jazz cabaret at The Jazz Bar entitled Sweet, Sour and Saucy received critical and audience acclaim, Western being touted as a “force of nature” (Broadway Baby, 5 stars). The show went on to be nominated for three Matilda Awards in 2015: Best Musical/Cabaret, Best Female Actor in a Leading Role and Best Set Design.
She has appeared twice with the iconic Women in Voice (QPAC 2008, Qld tour 2012), and has created countless cabarets including Push It! Songs about getting pregnant, giving birth and having kids, Oh Lady Be Good: A tribute to the great chanteuses of the 20th century and Melissa and the Cunning Accompanist and Lush Life with husband Tnee.
She has recorded her own original CD Stepping Stone as well as releasing a live jazz CD, Live & Intimate and featuring on High Tide vol II (Brisbane Jazz Club), Tailspin: Brisbane Big Band tribute to Paul Gibens and Singin’ and Swingin’. Melissa is a Churchill Fellow, was Valedictorian of her graduating Bachelor of Arts at UQ, holds a University Medal from the University of Queensland, first class Honours degree and was awarded her Masters of Philosophy in the field of Drama.