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Instruments
Vocals, Piano
Music Style
Jazz, World, Gypsy & Latin Jazz



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Location: FRANKFURT, Germany
Website: http://www.melanieninibong.com


Biography

 

 

“…Melanie Bong is a tremendous singer.”  (Bill Donaldson, Cadence USA, jazz magazine, 2007)

 

"Melanie sings with passion an heart …. listen and enjoy!!" - Steve Kuhn

 

"...Elis Regina had it, Billie Holiday had it, Carmen McRae had it , and now Melanie Bong has it." (William Grim in All About Jazz Online-Magazin USA)

 

"Melanie Bong..s songs are as original as her tuneful name, and I..m sure you will get as much pleasure out of her music as I do …. musical beauty flows in and out of this lovely persona …” - Mark Murphy

 

Born in Munich as the daughter of a baltic-prussian painter and a sinto (gypsy) singer- musician, both living in Germany. Melanie was singing ever she can think about. Even as a little child she was making up her own little melodies and lyrics about everything that moved her at the moment and just sang them for herself. Being raised in Tyrol, Austria, she had her first solo performance in a school choire contest at the age of 6. She kept writing her songs over the years, meanwhile on the guitar. With 15 she started out singing in a band called "Enfant Terrible", which soon changed into her first band named "Melanie Bong Crew" (MBC). With the MBC, playing only original songs, she had her first successes playing as a warm up band for several bands such as Harry Stoijka, Gilberto Gil or even Miles Davis at the 'Jazz Festival Berg Isel 1987' (Innsbruck, Austria). In 1987 she also decided to move to Graz, Austria, in order to study Jazz at the College Of Music And Performing Arts under Sheila Jordan, Mark Murphy, Andy Bey, Jay Clayton, Fritz Pauer und Adelhard Roidinger. Completion of studies with diploma and Master Of Arts. Various study visits in New York.

Ever since she has been performing all over Europe and abroad with musicians of the national and international jazz scene such as: Dusko Gojkovic (GER), Johannes Enders (GER), Fritz Pauer (AUT), Charly Antolini (CH), Lulo Reinhardt (GER), Tizian Jost (GER), Michael Lutzeier (GER), Adelhard Roidinger (AUT), David Gazarow (RUS), Walter Lang (GER) and Javier Malosetti (ARG).

 

She has been a teacher for jazz singing and ensemble at the Bruckner Conservatory in Linz from January 1997 to autumn 1999, and has been invited to teach on several schools such as the Musicuniversity Weimar as well as Munich. She numerous workshops and courses at home and abroad.

Besides her efforts as a composer and arranger  on her first CD "Fantasia" (2002)

her last CD "Gypsy Dream" (2006) brought the focus back on her great voice. The national and international press is enthusiastic about her but as well her musicians get special recognition:

 

“…Melanie Bong is a tremendous singer.”  (Bill Donaldson, Cadence USA, jazz magazine, 2007)

 

"Melanie sings with passion an heart …. listen and enjoy!!" - Steve Kuhn

 

"...Elis Regina had it, Billie Holiday had it, Carmen McRae had it , and now Melanie Bong has it." (William Grim in All About Jazz Online-Magazin USA)

"Melanie Bong..s songs are as original as her tuneful name, and I..m sure you will get as much pleasure out of her music as I do …. musical beauty flows in and out of this lovely persona …” - Mark Murphy

 

"...a good voice is distinguishable from a less good one within a few seconds. Melanie Bong has a very good voice. A sample? ‚Gypsies Go To Heaven’, the opener on her second CD has everything to get right to the core..." (Reinhard Köchl, Jazzthing, Germany)

 

..."She's got it!" so listen and enjoy - because here is, as I believe, one of the finest vocalists in Europe today." (Willie Johanns, Munich)

 

"Melanie ‘Ziwala’ Bong is dreaming her ‘Gypsy Dream’, and proofes herself once more as an excellent singer, who knows how to use timing, phrasing, dynamics and expression very well, who has warmth and a feeling for good stories…" (Tobias Böcker, Jazzpodium, Germany)

© 2016    MELANIENiniBONG


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