Upcoming 2016 Shows
SEPTEMBER 23: Bloom Nightclub, Nelson, BC
SEPTEMBER 30: Finley's Bar & Grill, Nelson, BC
OCTOBER 27: Jazz at the Griff, Trail, BC
OCTOBER 28: Finley's Bar & Grill, Nelson, BC
NOVEMBER 4: Capitol Theatre, Nelson, BC
NOVEMBER 12: Vernon Jazz Club,
NOVEMBER 19: Snowflake Gala, Trail, BC
DECEMBER 9: Finley's Bar & Grill, Nelson, BC
Details and more dates on shows page
Melody Diachun is a JUNO nominated singer, songwriter, recording artist, and a dynamic performer. She sparks her audiences with feel-good groove-jazz, “soulful confidence”, and “…a voice that “simmers with emotion almost like a slow burn as the singer continues to showcase exquisite intonation, phrasing and sense of time”. (Raul d’Gama Rose, All About Jazz)
Influences seep through from diverse musical genres and places she has lived. Melody has inhaled jazz, funk, blues, traditional pop, and R&B, and exhaled a sophisticated jazz rebel amalgam of melodic hooks, appealing harmonies, and undeniable grooves.
Along the way, home has been the verdant countryside of Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, the bustle and brawn of Brooklyn, NYC, the majestic Canadian Rockies of Banff, Alberta, and the diversity and opulence of “Rain City”, Vancouver. The Montreal-born singer now breathes in the mountain air and live-and-let-live philosophy of counterculture mecca, Nelson, BC.
On her third, pivotal album “EQ” (Cellar Live), Melody made a genre-transcending statement
presenting herself as “A jazz singer of the first order“ (Joseph Blake, Times Colonist), and “a
fine singer-songwriter with a strong new disc… An appealing mix of funked up jazz and folk.
Diachun’s controlled, sometimes breathy, centered sound is a perfect foil for the interplay
between the other musicians…and it all adds up to a tight, cohesive whole.” – (Cathy Riches,
WholeNote Magazine). The bold album earned her a nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year
at Canada's 2009 National Jazz Awards.
A favourite on CBC Radio One, Melody’s albums “Lullaby of the Leaves” (2002), “Dreams &
Places” (2006) and “EQ” (2009) are all on regular rotation. She has also appeared on the
recordings of many other artists, notably “Metaphora” by Altered Laws featuring Melody
Diachun and The Babayaga String Quartet. The album was named Outstanding Jazz Recording
at the 2008 Western Canadian Music Awards. Television appearances include features on
BRAVO!TV, JOY TV and The BET Network. Melody teaches singing and songwriting and is the
program coordinator of the Contemporary Music & Technology program at Selkirk College.