© 2018 by CHARU SURI

ABOUT

"'Charu's raga-based improvisations are singular."

- Multi Grammy-award winning pianist Arturo O'Farrill

The first female Indian American jazz composer to premier work at Carnegie Hall, Charu has been playing the piano since the age of five, and performing since the age of nine. She won an international piano competition at the age of 15.

 

Her recently-released "Book of Ragas" is a completely original sound in jazz using the standard trio with a Sufi singer, which six-time Grammy award winner Arturo O'Farrill has described as "singular." "The New American Songbook" that is a nod to more classic sound in jazz was released in a double bill at Weill Recital Hall on Dec. 20th, 2019.

 

Her piece for chamber orchestra, “The Shield of Achilles” was performed by the Princeton University Chamber Ensemble. As part of an atelier workshop with Toni Morrison at Princeton, two of her original pieces were performed by a chamber ensemble, along with cellist Yo-Yo Ma and double bass player Edgar Meyer. ‚Äč

 

The trio consists of Charu Suri on the piano, J. Brunka on the double bass, Jay O’Brien on the drums, and the vocal talents of Sufi singer Umer Piracha and Songbook vocalist Danielle Erin Rhodes. Formed in the spring of 2018, the ensemble has received praise for its renditions of standards and original music.

 

Charu's debut album, “Lollipops for Breakfast," launched in November and won a Global Music Award. The band has performed in several cities including Miami and Denver and is working on tours to India, Chicago, Portland (Maine) and Greenville, South Carolina in the coming months.