the voice of summer

Adam Dunning is Australia's own internationally renown singer / songwriter, having composed and recorded music in Rio de Janeiro, Melbourne, Paris, LA, Istanbul, and Amsterdam. With a solid following across Japan (P-Vine Records / Watanabe), South Korea (Chili Music), the US, Brazil, Australia, Turkey, Germany (Sikorski Music), Philippines, and the Netherlands (Collect Music), his original songs have gained him recognition as the "Voice of Summer".  With a surfy bossa nova vibe, his original songs touch the cycle of nature and humanity's role within it.  You could say Adam Dunning's songs are recognised worldwide as "songs from the sun and moon".

As a departure from his usual style, and in a first for the Australian and Turkish nations, Adam commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Australian landing at Gallipoli during World War 1 by teaming up with Turkish singer ChanCé to release "Gallipoli" in March 2015. The song was recorded in Istanbul after both Dunning and ChanCé (Sansin Tuzun) decided to write a song of empathy, of young Australian boys landing on the beaches amidst the violence of gunfire. Since its recording, Adam and ChanCé have performed the song live across Turkey on TV8's "Var" programme and Kanalturk's TV's Noon News, and it was splashed across the front pages of the entertainment press across Turkey (Vatan and extensive coverage in Haberturk newspapers).   Gallipoli also had a huge following across Adam's fans in Turkey and Australia, with performances at ANZAC Centenary services, and interviews across Australia's ABC nationwide.

Following "Gallipoli", in early 2017 Adam will release a new single "Ordinary" worldwide.  While closer to his rustic, environmental tone, Adam again partners with Turkish singer ChanCé.  Recorded in Istanbul, the song portrays freedom from raw, natural, instinctive roots.  


In the last few years, Adam fronted "A Cosy Night In", a duets jazz show he produced at the BHP Billiton Entertainment Centre and at the Frankston Arts Centre in Australia.

With tours planned in Japan, Europe, and the US across 2017 along with two new albums and three new singles, Adam will also travel to LA and Brazil for shows and the recording of extensive new material.   Adam performed at the 2016 Melbourne International Jazz Festival, 2016 and 2017 Inverloch Jazz Festival, the Sustainable Living Festival (2012 and 2013), Mornington Festival (Victoria), Sale Festival, as well as other large Australian jazz outdoor concerts across Australia.  In 2015 and 2016 his own shows have included "An Eve With Adam", "Good Morning", "Smooth Operator", and "'S Wonderful".  He has performed with Australian leading jazz exponents across Australia, Turkey, France, Japan, and Brazil including Marco Brito (Brazil), Max and Joao Viana (Brazil), and with many trios in Melbourne, Rio, and LA. More recently, performances at Istanbul music favourites, Gitar Cafe and Mahalle. 

In 2013, "Holiday" was released across the world, and topped the Great Southern (Australian Radio) Charts at #3 position.  The single is a collaboration with great Australian-based folk songstress Tash Parker.  The result - beautiful melodies of innocence and an organic delivery.   
 
Adam's album "Glass Bottom Boat" and the earlier “Sunset Monkeys” were both recorded in Rio with some of the songs inviting guest performers - Bossa’s great pioneers, including Roberto Menescal, Joao Donato, as well as other prominent exponents, Barbara Mendes, Cris Delanno / Alex Moreira (Bossacucanova), Ronaldo Cotrim, drummer Rafael Barata (Eliane Elias), and bassist Gastao Villeroy (Milton Nascimento) to name a few.  Glass Bottom Boat appeals to humanity's conscience, imagining a world where humanity co-exists in harmony with nature where the moon, oceans, romance, and eroticism are all naturally interlinked characters.  The album includes Dunning’s first English version of the world famous “Amazonas” (Donato/Enio), and his “Happy New Year” single - written as a get well card to Japan after the 2011 earthquake which Dunning experienced himself during his 2011 Japan tour. The "Glass Bottom Boat" album is deemed one of Dunning’s best works at a point where his writings are becoming fully recognized on the world stage.  

Adam's radio and TV interviews extend right across the world, featuring on BBC Radio's World of Music (UK), Martini In The Morning Radio (LA), JOY FM and JOY Jazz (Istanbul), SBS Radio (Australia), Karnaval Television (Istanbul), RTVE Siglo 21 Radio 3 (Spain), KCRW (LA), Bossa Nova Breakfast (US), ABC Radio National - "Inside Sleeve" (Australia-wide), ABC Perth Drive-time, KX FM (Netherlands), FM Cocolo (Japan), Smooth Jazz Global Radio (US), Var television (Turkey nationwide), FM 808 (Japan), Radio Adelaide (Aust), Byron Bay FM (Aust), KLCBS The Jazz Wave (Indonesia), 5MBS (Australia), PBS FM "Switched On" (Aust), Jazz Radio Network (Seattle), RRR FM "The Village" / "Banana Lounge Broadcasting" / "Radio Marinara" (Aust), Shonan Beach FM (Japan), JOY FM (Aust), North Shore FM (Aust), Eastside Radio (Aust), Coast FM (Aust), and other stations worldwide. Featured article in Japan's widely circulated "Music Magazine", alongside Ben Folds Five and Pet Shop Boys.  Other press stories in Jornal do Orla (Brazil), Vatan (Turkey), Music Magazine (Japan), Hurriyet, Haberturk (Turkey), Anadolu Agency (Turkey), The Age, and Herald Sun (Australia).
 
* Featured in-store as No. 1 Disc in Tower Records Jazz / World genre across Japan, promoted alongside Norah Jones, and Caetano Veloso.
 
The Story so far:
As a jazz vocalist in his formative years, Adam moved from life as a media lawyer in London in 2006 to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to write a new sound of Bossa-related rhythms.  Over the next 5 years, he began working closely with some of the great 1960s Bossa Nova composers and artists in Rio.  Living in a small part of Rio, Leblon bordering Ipanema Beach, Adam developed his Bossa guitar, playing around Rio and soaking up the soul which would later form part of his lyrics and rich melodic arrangements, earning the name "Australioca" – the blood of an Australian / 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.  Teaming up with Rio's highly talented Ronaldo Cotrim, 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 endorsed by Warner Bros LA.   In the "Monkeys sessions", these original Bossa legends joined Adam as special guests on the new English versions of their own songs. 
 
This Sunset Monkeys album has been especially 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. Glass Bottom Boat, which followed Monkeys in 2012 was an oceanic journey and a reminder of a world that exists beneath the waves.  Again, the album was sold worldwide and began establishing Adam as a serious international singer and writer on the world stage.

Over 2016, Adam has been preparing for his third and fourth albums, about to launch his new radio show internationally, saving Melbourne's W Class Trams, developing the new world music publishing company JungleMan and his new TV production company Sunset Club Productions, and regularly presents the ABC Saturday Breakfast show in Gippsland, Victoria.

And he just keeps writing.
Adam Dunning.  The Voice of Summer.
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