Sumitra Nanjundan, B.A. / Voice
Sumitra was born in New York to well travelled parents, and spent her upbringing traveling nomadically between Europe, Asia and North America, with songwriting being the only constant in her ever-changing world. At the age of five, Sumitra started piano lessons and later became an active participant in school concerts, choirs, plays and musicals. Her early years were influenced by the music of Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Kate Bush and Al Jarreau. Later on she became more interested in the music of singers such as Rickie Lee Jones, Joni Mitchell, Sade, Seal and some of the great jazz singers including Billie Holiday, Nancy Wilson and Ella Fitzgerald.
Sumitra has released 3 albums and one EP as a solo artist, and worked as a recording/performing artist, performing in Europe, the U.S. and India. She has also worked as a guest on several live and studio projects for artists including Kruder & Dorfmeister, Gloria Gaynor, Terry Bozzio, Alex Machacek and Wolfgang Puschnig. Sumitra has been an active and enthusiastic voice/piano instructor since 1998, teaching both privately and at music institutions including Gustav Mahler Konservatorium (Vienna) and the North Hollywood Piano Academy.
Though her latest album, ‘Still” is her third full-length album release, it is her first as a solo performer. The openness in her lyrics is inevitably the product of the varied cultures she’s been immersing in her whole life. As if Kate Bush teamed up with Bruce Hornsby, Still blurs the line between jazz and pop in a way that only a unique life could inspire.
Mitchel Forman has said “[Sumitra’s] music is simply elegant. I would say it is elegantly simple as well, though at times there is a deep complexity, both harmonically and melodically. Sumitra is a wonderful pianist, with a beautiful rich sound and an accomplished vocalist as well. Her piano and voice are so seamlessly interwoven — and therein lies the magic. She is the perfect accompanist to herself. Her pianistic skills so support her voice and the song that the result is a whole much greater than the parts. A beautiful heartfelt integrated outing; highly recommended. I discover something new with each repeated listen.”
B.A. in Business Management, Webster University
Check out Sumitra performing her original song It Won’t Be Long below:
Thank you to everyone at Apogee Studio, to Sujin Nam, Gerhard Lengeling, Betty Bennett, Bob Clearmountain, and everyone who attended, participated and worked so hard to make this such a memorable evening!'It Won't Be Long' Sumitra#blessed #grateful
Posted by Sumitra Nanjundan on Saturday, November 25, 2017