Fem Belling & The Joe Ruberto Trio
Friday, October 29, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
South African born & bred vocalist and violinist, Fem Belling is a rising star on the international jazz scene and has become one of Australia’s most formidable and in demand performers. Her African Jazz and theatre roots augment her unique musicality, choices and interpretations. “A breathtaking storyteller through music.”
The jazz world hums with ubiquitous young singers revisiting the great American songbook. Then one comes along with stagecraft and an instrumentalist’s refrain. Fem Belling is an award winning West End leading lady with a spectacular breadth of range. A master force on old repertory bringing ideas from all angles to the familiar art of standard’s-singing. With a sophisticated palate embracing unexpected genres, Fem has an energetic appetite for braiding musical styles. Fem shot to international attention when she turned all 4 chairs on ‘The Voice’ with Ricky Martin, Jessie J & Delta Goodrem fighting for the chance to mentor her. Jessie J won out, saying she has been “waiting for someone like this”.
Hailing from a musical dynasty, music in her blood, she has performed with many jazz greats, locally and internationally. Appearing with her own band, collaborations & residencies at Ronnie Scotts (Ldn), Bennetts Lane, Paris Cat, WOMADelaide, The Royal Variety Show, Noosa Jazz Fest, Melbourne Int. Jazz Festival, Stonnington Jazz Festival, Joy of Jazz SA, Madajazzcar. She has performed alongside Gregory Porter, Reggie Watts, Joe Chindamo, John Foreman, Gil Askey, Paul Williamson, The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra (ARIA nomination),
With 5 Vita awards under her belt, a Green Room Award nomination for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, she performed for Her Majesty the Queen at the Royal Variety. Lead roles in West End shows include Hairspray, Fame, and Footloose. International shows such as Little Shop of Horrors, Nunsense and Cats & Liza Minnelli in THE BOY FROM OZ.
Fem is a YAMAHA AUSTRALIA ARTIST playing their 5 string electric Silent violin.
“Bloody Brilliant – @#*% incredible” – Robbie Williams
“Belling’s prodigious vocal control – truly a chill- inducing performance” – Artshub
“Belling is a pocket rocket with a versatile vocal palette and a gift for improvisation. If it’s music you want to hear, you won’t be disappointed by these lush and limber jazz styling’s” – The Herald Sun
Joining her tonight is the Joe Ruberto Trio, led by pianist Joe Ruberto and featuring Gideon Marcus on drums and Michael Tortoni on Bass.