In 1998, with no Portuguese language skills, but a heart full of desire to perform Brazilian music, Anje, along with husband and musical director Kym Ambrose (vibes) founded The View From Madeleine's Couch; a band still going strong 17 years down the track, and specialising in their own original Brazilian-influenced music and their favourite tunes from the bossa, samba, forro and baiao realms. This is a band that has very much put their own stamp on the genre, preferring to take the music and run off somewhere beautiful with it. Rather than exacting replication, the music is performed with reverence and respect to its roots, and the band's sound remains unique in Brazilian/Jazz music in Australia.
In my opinion, this sound of The View, has in greater part to do with the
beautifully woven vocals of Anje West. Her voice never distracts you from the
melodies or the rhythms, but guides you through, highlighting the inherent joy
of Brazilian grooves
( Review of Casa da Boa Vida by Sharon Thompson, FM 99.3 Thompson's Corner)
The album's hallmarks are its delicate and uncluttered song arrangements,
West's sweetly plangent voice (singing mostly in fluid Portuguese)
(Review of Tranquilo by Jane Costessi)
Willing to teach
Beginner to advanced
Anje has given clinics and workshops that focus on performance as it relates to her work as a singer of Brazilian music and percussion, and facilitates community-style workshops with her Musica Viva in Schools group, Gypsy Tober, working with primary school-aged kids and community choirs.