CHARU SURI is a pianist and composer who has forged a new sound in music with a trio, Sufi vocals, and Indian ragas.
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.
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.
She is a voting member of the GRAMMYs (Recording Academy). She received six nominations in the International Singer Songwriters Association (ISSA) Awards in 2021, and won a Silver for Band Single of the Year for her original, "Bluesy." 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.
During the Covid-19 Pandemic, she uploaded several jazz performances on her social media channels for some joy and inspiration. Follow her on @charusurimusic on Instagram, and @CharuSuriTrio on Facebook.
An Die Musik, Baltimore, Sept. 2
NCPA, Mumbai, India, September 16, 7 p.m.
Natakvalas, Bangalore, India, September 17, 7 p.m.
Piano Man Delhi, India, Thursday, September 22, 9 p.m.
Piano Man Gurugram, India, Friday, September 23, 9 p.m.
Carnegie Hall, Friday, November 18, 8 p.m.
Raga No 1. (Bhimpalasi): Afternoon from "The Book of Ragas" by Charu Suri (raga jazz and Sufi).
Bhimpalasi is an afternoon raga, and this is the first piece from Charu Suri's latest album, The Book of Ragas, that debuted at Carnegie Hall in December 2019. With J. Brunka, double bass; Jesse Gerbasi, drums; Umer Piracha, vocals; Charu Suri , piano.