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"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:  Jazz, World Music

  • Awards:  International Singer Songwriters Association (ISSA) Jazz Artist of the Month, Band Single of the Year (Bluesy), Hollywood Music in Media (HMMA) Nomination for Raga No. 1, Global Music Awards, Clouzine World Jazz Album winner, Intercontinental Music Awards winner 2022  for both Jazz and Asia Jazz.

  • Label:  Amala Records

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CHARU SURI treads fearlessly between genres and has been praised with creating a new sonic language all her own, blending styles and Indian ragas into jazz. 

Born in South India, she was a piano prodigy performing in various concert halls at an early age. She released "The Book of Ragas"  and "The New American Songbook" at Carnegie Hall. Her latest album, RAGAS & WALTZES, marks her first collaboration with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band drummer, Joe Lastie. It was composed and dedicated to her late father, who died of a sudden heart attack in December 2021. 

She is a voting member of the GRAMMYs (Recording Academy) and her work has received several awards. She currently has eight nominations in the International Singer Songwriters Association (ISSA) Awards in 2023, and won a Silver for Band Single of the Year for her original, "Bluesy" in 2021.  In April she became "Jazz Artist of the Month" and won a gold record from ISSA. Her Raga No. 1 was nominated in 2021 for a Hollywood Music in Media (HMMA) Award. In 2022, she won two categories in the Intercontinental Music Awards, for Jazz (Keep Dreaming) and Asia Jazz (Raga Jaunpuri).


She will return to St. Croix to perform for New Year's Eve and also with her band at the first Jazz at the Castle series on January 14th.

Follow her @charusurimusic on Instagram and @CharuSuriTrio on Facebook

Press Highlights 

Rolling Stone Review

All About Jazz, Ragas & Waltzes 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


Raga No. 1 (Bhimpalasi)

Raga Kalyani

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