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In 2024 Doug de Vries & Diana Clark celebrate 20 years since releasing their bossa duo album 'Three Shadows of Blue'

They're celebrating by playing a renewed version of the set at 'The Counts' 

The Ian Potter Centre for Performing Arts @ Monash Univeristy 
Wednesday April 24th 7:30pm

Tickets $10-$25
Bookings here: https://www.monash.edu/performing-arts-centres/event/three-shadows-of-blue/


Enjoy a refreshing new take on bossa nova with classic songs from Milton Nascimento, Baden Powell, Noel Rosa and of course Tom Jobim. Doug deVries and Diana Clark’s duo CD Three Shadows of Blue interprets Jobim and other pioneers of Bossa Nova with just voice and guitar delving into the essence of this subtle yet rich repertoire. Awarded arts critics top ten albums of 2005, Cadence Magazine, USA, the album is a much loved Australian bossa-nova classic.

Stream Three Shadows of Blue on Apple Music  Listen to / Purchase  Three Shadows of Blue on Bandcamp.

Doug de Vries (b1960) is an Australian jazz guitarist who has spent several decades working across many genres and is a dedicated composer for both 6 & 7-string guitar, excelling in choro, samba, Bossa nova,  jazz and roots music. He specialises in Brazilian guitar repertoire and has recorded a number of collections of original works and classic Brazilian repertoire, DdV Solo (Listen to DdV solo here) among others.
DdV is particularly noted for his sophisticated arrangements and accompaniments, deep knowledge, and daring improvisations in solo or group settings.
He was a founding member of singer, Vince Jones’s combo throughout the 1980s in which they built a loyal following and made their seminal recordings, afterwards working as resident guitarist in the house band with Paul Grabowsky on Steve Vizard's Tonight Live in the early ’90s.
Has toured extensively both internationally, (Brazil, USA, Canada, India, China, Singapore, UK, New Caledonia, New Zealand) and domestically in all states and territories of Australia, recorded with major Australian artists such as instrumentalists: Don Burrows, James Morrison, Paul Grabowsky, Joe Chindamo, Andrew Pendlebury, vocalists: Vince Jones, Judy Jacques, Diana Clark,  Kate Ceberano, Anthony Warlow, and USA vocalists: Barbara Morrison, Andy Bey and Lalah Hathaway. 
His performance credits in the world of Brazilian music are exemplary, having performed and recorded with Yamandú Costa, Hermeto Pascoal, Maurício Carrilho, Luciana Rabello, Jorginho do Pandeiro, Ronaldo do Bandolim, Paulo Aragão, Proveta and L
ula Galvão.
He lives and works in Melbourne.

Melbourne singer-songwriter Diana May Clark established her interpretive credentials by way of award-winning Brazilian jazz recordings and collaborations with virtuoso guitarist/composer (now husband) Doug de Vries. She has a background in A cappella and choral music – being a founding member of international award-winning original vocal group Akasa, Clark also established Australia’s first purely Brazilian-repertoire choir Borboleta, and was an artistic director/conductor of the 400-voice Boite’s Melbourne Millennium Chorus.

Diana’s mellifluous voice perfectly compliments de Vries’ virtuosity on the 7 string guitar. Marrying old and new sounds, they manage to remain faithful to the ‘musica brasileira’ genre while retaining a strong Australian sensibility.– The Age
De Vries and Clark feel the music of Brazil down to their bones. His guitar is full of romance and her voice is so intimate it could make you blush. Australia may be halfway around the world from Brazil but you’d never know it from listening to their CDs. – Cadence Magazine, USA.


Doors 6.30pm, band on stage at 7.30pm


Diana hosts online Bossa Nova Boot Camp vocal masterclasses 
 A new offering since 2022...
student testimonials:
"This is a fabulous teaching package! I’ve been having lots of fun practising the Mas Que Nada Bossa Nova song module" 
Robyn, Mornington Peninsula.


Diana is a vocal tutor and directs A cappella ensembles at Melbourne University, Melbourne Polytechnic and hosts Virtual Brazilian Choir workshops in colaboration with Mi La Musica, Rio de Janeiro 
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WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN ALBUM Review

Diana May Clark's The Other Side of the Girl by Tony Hillier

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE GIRL
"Clark has a voice that is as adaptable as it is powerful and a passion that exudes from her very soul..." Beatopia Review link.

"A home grown international talent. We don't even know what we've got here in Melbourne! Oscillation between sensual, moving and playful proved intoxicating.  A brewed concoction of power and sophistication, this show had the audience beguiled in sway to the beat." Natali Lambevska (SYN)
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Melbourne Singer/Songwriter & acclaimed Brazilian music interpreter Diana May Clark's original album The Other Side of the Girl includes 1 cover, 'Mama Africa (People got to hear)'. Her English version offically published with the composer Chico Cesar agreeing to split royalties with Clark.
Diana had a special time recording with Chico in his home state:
"Chico Cesar's music is loved by 4 generations in Brazil; known for his television soap-opera theme and Afro-Pop anthems, he's also a respected Poet and the Minister for Culture in Paraiba. I visited Chico & we had fun recording my original 'Hang On' (co-written by Clark's husband, guitarist Doug de Vries).  He also did me the honour of introducing me to live radio (including interviews in Portuguese); there were some adventurous moments..."

Chico appears as a special guest on The Other Side of the Girl Available online: Apple Music