Melanie Makes Music

Melanie with Welsh composer Karl Jenkins

Vocal

Melanie is a classically-trained singer with a 3.5-octave range. A two-time Carnegie Hall performer, she will return to the stage a third time in January 2018 to join DCINY in a world premiere of a new work from renowned Welsh composer Karl Jenkins (pictured with Melanie above) titled Sing! The Music Was Given. You can also hear Melanie sing in the film The Miseducation of Cameron Post, which will debut in competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

Samulnori/poongmul (traditional Korean percussion)

Melanie's immense love for Korean culture and music was kindled when she discovered samulnori, a style of percussion played with traditional Korean instruments. Though she has basic proficiency in all four instruments used in samulnori, her favorite is the janggoo, the hourglass-shaped drum you can see her playing in the above video.

Otamatone

Melanie also plays the Otamatone, which...you just have to see for yourself. Check out the video above for Melanie's Otamatone cover of "I Can See Clearly Now", in the style of Johnny Nash, and click here for more videos and info about the Otamatone. Keep an eye out for her act, "Melanie Plays The Otamatone Poorly But Fervently", on the streets and in local venues in LA.

Mandolin

Melanie picked up the mandolin in October 2017 and dove in headfirst, learning on the go by jamming with musicians all over LA. You can catch her performing in Irish trad sessions most Wednesdays 8-11PM at Griffins of Kinsale in South Pasadena, and the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month at Macleod Ale Brewing Co. in Van Nuys. And bluegrass, sometimes, too, in other places, when she feels like it.

Collaborations

Melanie LOVES collaborating with other musicians for performances and beyond! Feel free to get in touch if you have a cool idea you'd like to bring to life with Melanie!

Other stuff

Melanie also plays the spoons, the kazoo (she's an expert; ask her to play next time you see her, as she usually has one on her person and is happy to oblige) and some other stuff (see above video), including harmonica. With her nose.
Go ahead. Test her on that one.

Melanie's done some cool stuff.

Click here to view Melanie's resume (right-click to download).

News & Press

The Miseducation Of Cameron Post premiering in competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival!

December 2017

I am so thrilled to be part of this beautiful film, which will make its world premiere as an official selection of the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival! Based on the YA novel of the same name, Cameron Post follows its titular character as she is put through a gay conversion therapy program by her ultra-conservation grandmother and aunt. I play Helen, another one of the girls in the program.

Battle Chef Brigade now out for Nintendo Switch and Steam

November 2017

Adult Swim Games' Battle Chef Brigade is now out for Nintendo Switch and Steam! Pick up a copy to hear me voice a number of characters, including the no-nonsense Razel, affectionate Ardea, blasé Judge Bea and adorable Lupa!

Appearing on Awesomeness TV's My Dead Ex in 2018

October 2017

Just wrapped shooting with a really fantastic cast and crew for Awesomeness TV's My Dead Ex--check it out when it debuts in 2018!



Appearing in Adult Swim Games' Battle Chef Brigade, out on Nintendo Switch and PC late 2017!

September 2017

Woohoo!! Come December 2017, you'll be able to hear me as the voice of no-nonsense Razel (pictured here, on the right), spunky Ardea, blasé Bea, adorable Lupa, and other characters in Battle Chef Brigade, a "chef's pairing of equal parts old-school brawler, match-three puzzler, served with a side of light RPG progression"! The game, developed by Trinket Studios, will be published by Adult Swim Games and available on Nintendo Switch and PC in late 2017!! I had a blast voicing these characters--this project was SUPER fun to be a part of. :)

Performing LIVE on Otamatone at Tom's on Abbot Kinney!

August 2017

My alter ego, Meladactyl, will be performing on Otamatone LIVE at Tom's Flagship Store on Abbot Kinney in Venice this weekend! Here are the details:

Who: You! And me, Meladactyl, on Otamatone!
What: Melanie Plays Your Favorite Songs On The Otamatone, Poorly But Fervently
Where: Tom’s Flagship Store, 1344 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
When: Friday, August 4th, 7:30PM

Come hear me play some very serious music on a very serious instrument for very serious people. And get the iced vanilla coriander latte. Trust me on this one.

For answers to all of your questions about the Otamatone (including, "What IS that thing???"), click here.

Alexander Payne's Downsizing, starring Matt Damon, to open Venice International Film Festival!!

July 2017

Alexander Payne's upcoming feature film, Downsizing, will be opening the Venice International Film Festival! This is quite a coveted slot, which La La Land held last year. I had the incredible honor of working with the inimitable, incredible Mr. Alexander Payne on this film (penned with writing partner Jim Taylor). I'm so proud of the cast and crew and team that produced it!! Mark your calendars for Downsizing's release date: December 22nd, 2017!!!

Click here to view the news article on Variety.

UPDATE: After opening the Venice Film Festival to rave reviews, Downsizing has gone on to open the Telluride Film Festival and will next screen at Toronto International Film Festival and Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX!



Appearing on Ryan Murphy's FEUD: Bette and Joan, debuting March 5th on FX!

April 2017

I'll be appearing on the season finale of Ryan Murphy's new series, FEUD: Bette and Joan, on FX at 10PM on Sunday, April 23rd!! This was my first project as an official Angeleno!

Update (April 2017): You can view a clip of my appearance on FEUD: Bette and Joan above!

The OA now available on Netflix

December 2016

Season 1 of Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij's new series, The OA, is now available on Netflix. I play Ali, Jesse (one of the main character)'s sister. You can find me starting at about 17:15 into Episode 4, or click here to watch a clip from that scene.

Update (January 2017): The OA has been the #1 series on IMDb for three weeks straight!

Appearing in The Miseducation of Cameron Post, starring Chloe Grace Moretz

November 2016

I am THRILLED to share that I just wrapped a major supporting role in the film The Miseducation of Cameron Post, directed by Desiree Akhavan and starring Chloe Grace Moretz! This is a really special film, based on the young adult novel of the same name by Emily Danforth. I can't WAIT for you to see it.



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