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"Ink it in as one of the top jazz albums of the year" -- All About Jazz on Charu's latest album, RAGS & RAGAS

"Charu's raga-based improvisations are singular." - Multi-GRAMMY® Award-winning pianist Arturo O'Farrill


"Her live show is unforgettable because there will never be another evolution of sound quite like the evolution of Suri’s sound." - We Are Memphis


"An evening not to be missed of Suri's compositional and pianistic genius." - Broadway World

  • Origin:  Madurai, India; currently, New Jersey

  • Genres:  Raga Jazz (pioneered the genre), World Music

  • Awards:  Entertainer of the Year (GOLD) from the International Singer Songwriters Association (ISSA), Numerous Global Music Awards, Clouzine World Jazz Album winner, Intercontinental Music Awards winner 2022 and 2023  for both Jazz and Asia Jazz.

  • Label:  Amala Records

  • Website:  CharuSuri.com

 

Biography

CHARU SURI is a pianist and composer who treads fearlessly between genres, blending several styles and fusing Indian ragas with more traditional jazz into a style she has pioneered, called "raga jazz."

Born in South India, she was a piano prodigy performing in various concert halls at an early age. Charu's most recent album, RAGS & RAGAS, was recorded with John Patitucci on the double bass, Steve Gadd and Joe Lastie on the drums, and debuted recently at #3 on the iTunes jazz charts, and reached #2 in Kenya. Her previous albums have charted #1 in India in the Jazz and overall albums categories.

With mood-invoking ragas (to be played according to the time of day) for many of her compositions, she weaves techniques and sounds from several places including India, Europe, and Africa. 

Her work has won numerous awards. She received eight nominations in the International Singer Songwriters Association (ISSA) Awards in 2023,and was named Entertainer of the Year (Gold) by ISSA at its annual awards ceremony in Atlanta. Her VERONA WALTZ from her previous album, RAGAS & WALTZES was awarded Best Jazz Song in North America at the Intercontinental Music Awards in 2023. 

Charu also became the first Indian artist to collaborate with Preservation Hall Jazz Band in New Orleans on her latest album, RAGAS & WALTZES, that features drummer Joe Lastie. Previously, she has released "The Book of Ragas"  and "The New American Songbook" at Carnegie Hall. She returns to Carnegie Hall for the fourth time on Friday, April 5, 2024. 


On May 13, 2023, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra performed her work for the very first time at NJPAC in the family-friendly "Hooray for Bollywood" concert and will also perform arrangements of hers of popular Bollywood tunes.


Follow her @charusurimusic on Instagram and @CharuSuriTrio on Facebook

Press Highlights 

Rolling Stone Review of her latest album, RAGAS & WALTZES

Hindustan Times Weekend Cover Story, Meet the Indian Topping the International Jazz Charts 

All About Jazz, RAGS & RAGAS ReviewInk it in as one of the top jazz albums of the year...

JAZZIZ Magazine, RAGS & RAGAS Podcast and Review 

JAZZIZ Magazine, Ragas & Waltzes Review

Jersey Journal, Composer balances levity, grief in new album

All About Jazz, Book of Ragas vol. 2 review

Scroll India, Rising Star Charu Suri on her raga jazz journey

All That Jazz and More for Indian American Girl's Carnegie Performance, New Indian Express

Weehawken musician inspires during the pandemic, The Hudson Reporter

Composer Charu Suri Combines Jazz with Sufi Sounds, Princeton Alumni Weekly

Bitch Magazine: The Sick Issue, Charu Suri: On Finding the Feeling Through Jazz

All About Jazz reviews "The Book of Ragas"

Skope Magazine reviews "The Book of Ragas"

Namaste Newsline, First Female Indian American Jazz Composer at Carnegie Hall

Weehawken musician fuses jazz and Sufi music, The Hudson Reporter 

Not without my daughter, The Hindu Indian newspaper

Seasons

Raga No. 1 (Bhimpalasi)

Raga Kalyani

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