About


Singer, songwriter, actress, dancer, classically trained pianist.

Fifi Mondello’s life has been steeped in music, theatre and dance.  All of these influences come together to create a performer who is a fresh, new voice from a lost age, reminiscent of a bygone era, while rooted firmly in the present day.
 
Fifi cannot remember a time when she wasn’t performing.  She started dance lessons when she was just 3 years old, followed by piano lessons at the age of 5.  As a little girl, she would dance around the tables of the local coffee shop, singing along to the jukebox playing “It’s My Party And I’ll Cry If I Want To”, commencing formal vocal training in her teens.

Fifi has been singing live for more than three decades and regularly performs around Perth, where she is based.  Fifi is an accomplished jazz singer and her jazz trio, the Fifi Mondello Trio, has performed at and held residencies at a variety of venues and events.  The trio was also included as part of the line-up for the Perth International Jazz Festival 2015 and headlined the 2017 Harvey Harvest Festival.  In addition, Fifi is a member of the female vocal jazz trio, The Sweet Teas and sings in an acoustic guitar duo called Sugar & Spice.  Fifi also sings Italian language and Italian-American music, including in the aptly named Italycious duo.  Fifi is also on the roster of Sydney-based record label, "The A&R Department".
 

In 2011, Fifi released her debut album of original material, “It’s True” (available on iTunes).  Decadent, confessional and elemental, the tracks off the album were extremely well received and gained extensive airplay on radio stations all around Australia.  The highly popular title track was added to rotation on Sydney’s FBI 94.5FM (among many other stations) and climbed its way into the AirIt Great Southern Charts Top 10 for three consecutive weeks.  The record was also named in the Top 10 Tip Sheet of recommended albums released by PBS 106.7FM in Melbourne.  Fifi’s music videos have had multiple screenings on ABC’s “Rage” program and many other televisions shows.
 
Fifi studied Theatre at the University of Western Australia and has acted in many plays and musicals.  She regularly performs in live musical theatre versions of popular children’s television shows for companies including Showtime Attractions and The Entertainment Store.
 
Fifi wrote, produced, performed in and choreographed her cabaret show entitled “A Hard Man Is Good To Find”, which premiered as part of the 2014 FRINGE WORLD Festival in Perth.  The sell-out show attracted a 4 star review from The West Australian Newspaper, which stated that Fifi has a “beautiful, strong voice… [her] comfort level and ability to let the audience in…really endears Mondello to the crowd… The clever script, performed fabulously...and the great music made this a really entertaining show”.  The full review is available here: 
https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/entertainment/a/21649952/sicilian-sings-of-dating-woes/)
 
Fifi continues to train in most styles of dance including ballet (which she also teaches), hip hop, jazz, tap, lyrical and contemporary and she performs as part of various dance groups at corporate and private functions and events.  She is also the founder and artistic director of Purple Poodle Productions, which produces music videos and live musical, theatrical and cabaret events. 

News

Showreel! 


I've finally done something I've been meaning to do for a while - I've had a showreel put together!

And here it is...

Thanks to my uber talented friend and writer, director, filmmaker and editor extraordinaire, Karen Farmer, for putting it together.  
 


 

All That Jazz 

So, it's been a while since I posted but I have been busy doing all sorts of fun music-related stuff.  I've been going back to my roots and singing a lot of jazz lately, with my great little trio made up of Sarah Clare on double bass and Alex Borthwick on guitar.  I've also been working with some other great jazz musicians, such as Mark Shanahan and Danny Moss Jr, guitarist and double bassist respectively.  We've been playing at a lot of great venues, such as residencies at Clancy's in City Beach, The Naked Fig in Swanbourne and Gypsy Tapas House in Fremantle, among others.  I've added some of our live jazz recordings to the music player on this site.  

I can also announce that my trio has been included in the programme for this year's Sunday@Subi season, which is a season of concerts at the Subiaco Arts Centre curated by the City of Subiaco, which runs from 21 June until 23 August.  I'll be performing on 23 August, with the first half of the show being the Fifi Mondello Trio and the second half being my other project, The Sweet Teas (www.thesweetteas.com.au).  I'm really looking forward to this show!  Check out the program and brochure below!

Fifi x

Wow! That Was Fun! FRINGE WORLD 2014 


And so all good things must come to an end…. My season of "A Hard Man Is Good To Find" as part of FRINGE WORLD 2014 is over and I'm so sad!

What an amazing experience, I had so much fun!  After spending almost a year writing the script and putting together the music, I can't believe it's already over.  We had a near sell-out run and managed to attract a 4/5 star review from The West Australian Newspaper!!!  Check it out here:    http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/full-coverage/fringe-world-2014/a/21649952/sicilian-sings-of-dating-woes/.  So stoked, grateful and humbled!

Of course, I couldn't have done it without the help of some fantastic people.  My director, Karen Farmer; musical director, Luke Nixon; back-up babes, Heidi Lake and Cleo Papineau; guitarist, Aidan Gordon; drummer, Talya Valenti; double bassist, Sarah Clare and keyboard player, Matt Parker.  They are a group of immensely talented, lovely, funny, warm and fabulous people and I love them to bits.

I'm looking into opportunities to do the show again, so fingers crossed!

Here's a little pic of the cast outside the show venue - more pics coming soon!

Lots of love
Fifi x

 

Exciting News! 


Hello lovely people!

So, yes.... I've been extremely quiet for a while now but fear not, I haven't been idle!

I've been working hard on something which I can't wait to tell you about in the next few weeks.  I can't say much yet but it combines three of the things I love most in the world - music, dance and drama!

I've spent most of the past few months locked in this room.... writing, planning, editing, rewriting, rewriting again, staring out the window... and eating a lot of chocolate (70% cocoa of course)!

Stay tuned... I can't wait to tell you about this new project! 

Sending you lots of love and blessings!
Fifi xxx


 

TV Interview & A Month in Sicily... 

 
Hello lovely people!  

I'm back home after a glorious month in Sicily, visiting the family and the homeland.  Had such a wonderful time!  Every time I visit I'm struck by how captivatingly bittersweet Sicily is - beautiful, confronting, fascinating, tragic and joyful, all at the same time.  If you've never been, you must go.  I'm biased but I think it it one of the most spectacular places in the world.

Now back to the Australian winter...:-(  But it's nice to be home and nice to see dear friends and family here.

Anyhow, here is a link to an interview that I did with ABC TV before I left, which went to air while I was away. Thought you might like to have a little look...

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-06-30/surviving-in-a-digital-world/4102054


Lots of Love 
Fifi x



WAMi Festival & Compilation! 

 

The 2012 WAMi Festival is almost upon us!  The festival is an annual showcase and celebration of original Western Australian music in all its glorious guises.  This year's festival will run from 26 May until 2 June and there is a delicious array of events across all genres of music.

Each year as part of the festival, a compilation of tracks and music videos is released - called Kiss My WAMi - and I'm pretty chuffed to report that my song "It's True" - and the music video for the song - have both been selected for inclusion on the compilation!!  Check out the link below for the complete track listings.

http://www.wam.asn.au/Events/WAMiFestival/WAMiFestival2012/KissMyWAMiCompilation/tabid/287/Default.aspx

I've also been invited to play a special show as part of the the festival's "Sunday Live" event.  It's on Sunday May 27 (I'm on at 1pm) and it's outdoors at the Perth Cultural Centre in Northbridge (next to the Art Gallery).  It's free, all-ages and, if you need more of an incentive to come along, there will be an outdoor market selling handmade goods, yummy food, children's wares and lots of other quirky, eclectic stuff!  It kicks off at 12pm and there will be 5 bands playing until 5pm.  Oh - and I'm super excited to report that I will be playing with a fabulous all-girl band!  Lots of ultra glam frocks and big hair....

Click on the link below for more details.  Would absolutely love to see you there.

Fifi x


http://www.wam.asn.au/Events/WAMiFestival/WAMiFestival2012/FestivalProgram/SundayLive/tabid/317/Default.aspx


"You Make Me Wanna Cry" - Video! 

 
So, the hard work is finally over and the video for "You Make Me Wanna Cry" is done and dusted!!  Check it out on the Video page!  I hope you love it as much as I do.  So many wonderful people have contributed to the final product - a huge thanks and congratulations to all involved, you are all superstars! 

Speak soon
Fifi x

Mini-Album Now On iTunes! 

 
So, my little 7 track mini-album, "It's True", is out now and on iTunes worldwide!! http://itunes.apple.com/au/artist/fifi-mondello/id440402780  

It's been really well received by radio so far and Melbourne's PBS 106.7FM named it in their Top 10 Tip Sheet of recommended albums!!  I'm on a list with The Black Keys - crazy!!  It has also been added to Sydney's FBi 94.5FM. Exciting! I'll keep you posted with other news as it comes to hand...

I've also been doing some radio and newspaper interviews and am keeping busy working on new material.  What a year!  I can't believe it's almost Christmas and that the New Year is looming.

I hope everyone has a great festive season and that you are all feeling positive and excited about the New Year! I just want to say thankyou again to all the amazing people who have helped me and supported me this year. There are too many people to name but you know who you are and please know that I am so grateful to you.

Lots of love
Fifi x



You Make Me Wanna Cry 

 
Well, video no 2 is in the can!  Check out the sneak peek on the Video page.  What a fantastic, exhilarating time was had - it was a long, long day but so much fun!  I am so grateful to my wonderful cast and crew for their hard work, talent and enthusiasm.  I am so lucky to be surrounded by such great people.  My fabulous director, Karen Farmer, is now going to be a very busy little beaver editing the video, which should be done some time in January.  I cannot wait to share it with you!  

In the meantime, check out the song... my new single "You Make Me Wanna Cry", which is now streaming on this page.  It's going to radio in a few weeks (end of November) and will be out in December.  I hope you like it!  My 7 track mini-album ("It's True") will be out at the same time.  It's so exciting to finally have the finished product done and dusted and ready to send out into the world.  At the same time, this project has occupied so much of my thoughts, time and passion for so long, I'm almost sad to let go of it!  But it means I can clear space in my mind and my life for new material... time to knuckle down again and get writing!  I hope the Muse will be with me.....!!

I hope all is well in your life and that you are loved and fulfilled, whoever and wherever you may be.  My grandfather died recently, and it reminded me yet again of what is really important and what is just superfluous and inconsequential in our lives.  Let's aim be good to each other and treat each other with kindness. I think we sometimes forget that in this frantic, impersonal world in which we live.

Much Love
Fifi x


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