vocals, piano, writer, producer, director
Emma Dean is an
imperfect, romantic and passionate human-being who loves
to write theatrical pop songs about love and the human
spirit. She has performed in North America, Germany, Costa
Rica and all over Australia, and has released over ten
independent original albums.
"....It's just right. Move over Rufus and Tori.
You have company."
- Noel Mengel, Courier Mail
When Emma is not on stage, she can be found writing choral
arrangements for choirs and musicians, including John
Farnham, Kate Ceberano and Katie Noonan. She is a passionate
advocate of the magical healing qualities of group singing
and proudly leads a colourful community choir called Cheep
Trill who she considers to be her extended family.
Emma has performed with Kate Miller-Heidke, Katie Noonan,
Placebo, Macy Gray, Jinkx Monsoon, Amanda Palmer and The
Dresden Dolls, as well as playing lead roles in theatre
shows such as Cabaret and The Tempest. Her original show
‘Imaginarium’ was performed on Off-Broadway
and she has been listed as ‘one of ten artists to
watch’ by The New York Post after featuring on the
US specialty radio charts alongside PJ Harvey and REM.
She is also a recipient of the prestigious ‘Under
Our Wing’ cabaret award alongside musical comedy
superstars, Tim Minchin and Sammy J.
In 2018, Emma was
a featured soloist in The Commonwealth Games opening ceremony,
singing John Farnham's iconic song - You're The Voice.
"....Just sample her monster Broadway single
“Sincerely Fearful,” which is 50% “Wicked”
and 50% Tori Amos and 100% addictive, and you will find
an unavoidable sound worthy of the repeat button."
– The New York Post
Emma’s new show, Broken Romantics: A Unicorn’s
Quest For Love is being performed around Australia
and in Edinburgh Fringe in 2018.
backing vocals, drums, guitar, synth, tech director
Tony graduated from
the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, with a Bachelor
of Music specialising in jazz drums, in 2006. Since then,
Tony has been a professional musician and has performed
as a multi-instrumentalist across Australia, America and
Costa Rica. Tony Dean also works as a music producer, choir
assistant-musical director, and music educator.
As a singer songwriter,
Tony has written and independently released his debut EP
Whole Day. He also produces and releases original music
in his recording studio Tiny Dream Studios for Brisbane
based artists. One of his latest production releases is
Emma Dean’s latest EP, Broken Romantics: A Vicious
Song Cycle. Tony also helped record material for the closing
ceremony of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Tony performs around
Brisbane as an in-demand covers singer, solo singer songwriter,
jazz drummer/vocalist, and freelance studio musician. He's
also the accompanist and assistant musical director of community
choir Cheep Trill. Visit www.tonydean.net to view his performing
career and music.
physical theatre, choreographer
Jamie Kendall began training with Zen Zen Zo Physical
Theatre in 2006 and has since performed in their productions
of Dusk (2017), In the Company of Shadows (2016), Cabaret
(QPAC 2011), 2012: Apocalypse (Brisbane Festival 2011),
GAIA (2010), Zeitgeist (Edinburgh Fringe 2009; Adelaide
Festival 2010; Nelson Arts Festival 2011); The Tempest
(2009), Sub-Con Warrior 1 (2006), I Wanna Be a Superhero
(Creative Generations 2012), Thriller (Creative Generations
2011). Other companies Jamie has worked with include:
Japanese Butoh company Dairakudakan, The Bolshoi Ballet,
Queensland Ballet, The Maltman Lab, and his own company
- The PHP Collective (Attachment Theory 2016/17, Hero
+ Leander 2017).
Jamie has performed
extensively nationally and internationally, and he collaborates
regularly with singer/songwriter Emma Dean. Jamie is currently
studying his Masters of Counselling and Psychotherapy,
and is interested in using performance as a tool for broadening
awareness around mental health issues.
vocals, the sound of a unicorn
graduated from Federation University’s Arts Academy,
with highlights including: Urinetown (Little Becky Two-Shoes),
Thoroughly Modern Millie (Daphne & u/s Muzzy Van Hosmere,
Ruth & vocal swing) and The Mystery of Edwin Drood
(Chairperson: Maggie Turner & u/s Princess Puffer).
early 2015, she performed her cabaret Who’s Afraid
of the Big, Bad Everything in Ballarat and Melbourne.
Since graduating, Katie has appeared in The Songs of Laura
Nyro (Midsumma Festival), Aunty Donna’s 1999 series
and has also toured her own music around Australia, with
performances in Ballarat, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane.
vocals, cello, piano
graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the
University of Queensland in 1991, but soon found himself
drawn more to multi-disciplinary arts performances than
traditional classical music. While he has performed both
nationally and internationally with assorted classical ensembles,
he has also worked and toured with artists as diverse as
Kate Cebrano, The Doug Anthony Allstars, and The Dresden
recently he has worked on larger-scale multimedia spectacles
with rock groups such as the flamboyant The Red Paintings
and the more intimate Silver Sircus.
His personal interest in combining live music with physical
performance has led him to study Tai Chi with The Australian
Academy of Tai Chi, Acrobatics with Circa, and Physical
Theatre with Zen Zen Zo. He has used these skils to perform,
coach, and devise new works with a number of performance
companies including Deep Blue Orchestra (Prelude 2008, The
Dream 2010, Who Are You 2012, India Stories 2013), Out of
the Box Children’s Festival (The Flying Orchestra
2012), and The Camerata of St John’s and Expressions
Dance Company (When Time Stops 2013). He has collaborated
with the Viola Cloning Project and Zen Zen Zo for the Butoh
performance Here There Be Dragons in 2013, and In The Company
of Shadows in 2016..
In 2010 he formed The RagTag Band to provide live music
for local Burlesque and Circus performances, and with them
in 2014 produced and directed Do It For SCIENCE! –
an educational burlesque cabaret. In 2015 he produced Into
The Dark with Deep Blue Orchestra, a chamber concert for
blindfolded audience. In 2019 he will be Musical Director
for Zen Zen Zo’s production of The Tempest.
member (Nov 2016 - Nov 2018):
viola, piano, looping
Emma writes: "As
we welcome Wayne Jennings with big open arms, we sadly say
goodbye to our beloved Richard Grantham. It has been a joy
and honour to share the stage with our long-haired head
banger loopy viola looper for the past two years but we
know there are many more adventures in store for him! Onwards
and upwards, my friend."