Nov. 13 2021
With Danielle Erin Rhodes, Falsa, Justin Lee,
Jesse Gerbasi, Jay O'Brien
The Art of the Trio
Autumn Leaves (Joseph Kosma)
Manhã de Carnaval (Luiz Bonfá)
Jazz Waltzes (Charu Suri)
Lollipops for Breakfast
Basin Street Blues (Spencer Williams)
Bluesy (Charu Suri)
A Little Joy
(from the Book of Ragas vol. 2)
Aaj Rang Hai
(Today There is Color/Joy)
Raga No. 1
(based on Bhimpalasi)
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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 vol. 2" was praised by All About Jazz as a fresh and original sound, fusing Carnatic and Hindustani ragas (modal scales) with jazz piano improvisations, layered by Sufi singing and the vibraphone. Her more classic album, "The New American Songbook" has garnered many awards, including a "Band Single of the Year" crystal trophy for her song, Bluesy, awarded by the International Singer-Songwriters Association (ISSA) in 2021.
She was also awarded a gold "Jazz Artist of the Month" record by ISSA. Suri was recommended to join the Recording Academy (GRAMMYs) in 2020. During the pandemic, she composed the "Book of Ragas vol. 2" that taps into the beauty of morning ragas, as well as several Songbook singles including "A Little Joy" and "Keep Dreaming."
Recently, Charu became an educational partner with Steinway & Sons, and she also teaches piano to many students throughout New Jersey and New York. Her collaborations with other artists include the new song, "Cinnamon Morning" with Texan singer-songwriter Ri Wolf, and upcoming collaborations with Kelly Kintner and Latin jazz vocalist Lauren Henderson.
She has started live gigs and completed tours recently in Miami, and is planning a big multi-city tour in India in 2022.
Falsa is a Vocalist rooted in 14th century Sufi music (Indian classical mysticism similar to Rumi's poetry). Featured on NPR and NY Public Radio's New Sounds, Falsa trained in Sufi music from the age of 4, growing up in Pakistan, and is now bicoastal between NYC/LA. You can learn more about his work here: https://linktr.ee/falsamusic
DANIELLE ERIN RHODES
Danielle Erin Rhodes is currently performing in “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” at Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota. She resides in New York City and is honored to have an ISSA award for vocals on Charu’s hit song “Bluesy”. She gives thanks for tonight, and for all the outstanding support she's received so far in her career. To help keep the arts alive, she helps schools by donating money, time and instruments that keep music thriving after we pass from this earth.
JUSTIN LEE is a versatile upright and electric bassist, who performs regularly in a wide variety of styles. He is currently a member of the New York City based Chelsea Symphony Orchestra, The New Jersey Capital Philharmonic, MRB Jazz Project, Charu Suri Trio, founding member of the Power House Big Band and Bob Page Jazz Trio, as well as co-owner of Allemande Ensembles, LLC.
Justin has performed with the BBC America's Blue Planet II Underground pop-up orchestra and recorded and performed for the KENZO/H+M 2016 Fall Fashion Show, an IZOD commercial, Broadway shows, and appears on two episodes of "Mozart In the Jungle" on Amazon Prime.
December 8th, 2021: Lincoln Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium as part of the Indie Collaborative; Tickets are here
December 31st: New Year's Eve Gala in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands at the Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts
February 17th, 2022: The Cutting Room, New York, NY
Please join us for an after-party at IRIS, a three minute walk, at 1740 Broadway