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ambikajois
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Band to Join, Vocalist, Vocalist - Bass, Vocalist - Baritone, Vocalist - Tenor, Vocalist - Soprano, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Other Percussion, Violin, Trumpet, Saxophone, Keyboard, Piano, Background Singer, Harmonica, Flute, Other, Banjo, Mandolin, Fiddle, Dobro, Vocalist - Alto, Trombone, Bagpipes, Steel guitar, Upright bass, Cello, Accordion, Ukulele, DJ, Electronic Music, Clarinet, Harp.

ABOUT

I'm a UK-based singer-songwriter trained under the tutelage of my father Chandru, a music composer, violinist and string arranger. Trained in Carnatic music in India and UK, I'm a trained singer, songwriter, vocal coach, a recording artiste and performer in the fields of Indian classical, jazz and soul styles of music.

I'm also an artist with great passion for dance productions and have collaborated across UK and India with Bharatanatyam to ballet at the London Royal Opera House. My credentials of collaborations with musicians in India and UK include – Kasabian, BBC Concerto Orchestra, The Royal Ballet, London Philharmonia Orchestra, Bollywood Strings, Aakash Odedra, Bollywood music directors Pritam and Sandeep Chowta.

I have performed at events such as the Jools Holland Show, Glastonbury Festival, BBC Proms, Other Futures Festival and London South Bank's Alchemy Festival. I'm also a featured vocalist on Channel 4’s major 10-part series ‘Indian Summers’ with music composed by Stephen Warbeck of the Billy Elliot and Shakespeare in Love fame.

I spent the last 3 years in India undergoing further training in music, leading me to many new ventures, one of which was my debut Kannada album 'Bhakti Sangama'.

I also recently debuted in Tollywood (Telugu) in 2018 as a playback singer for the film 'Mehbooba' directed by one of India's most prided directors Puri Jagannadh, music directed by Bollywood's renowned Sandeep Chowta. This encounter attracted the Puri Connects team to sign me onto their talent agency in India.

My song 'Saiyaan' from Mehbooba is one of the most played, downloaded and loved releases of this album, adding great weight for its No.2 standing on iTunes Charts in India within the first week of its release.

Screen name:
ambikajois
Member since:
May 20 2018
Active over 1 month ago
Level of commitment:
Touring
Years playing music:
15
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
4-5 nights a week

Influences

Carnatic (South Indian classical) - Mysore Violin Brothers, Bombay Jayashree, Nityashree Mahadevan, Dr Balamurali Krishna, K Jesudas

Hindustani - Kaushiki Chakraborty, Ajay Chakraborty, Pt Bhimsen Joshi

Bollywood & Other Indian film genres - Asha Bhosle, Lata Mangeshkar, P Susheela, S Janaki, SP Balasubramaniam, Hariharan, KS Chitra, Sharreth

Jazz - Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughan, Louis Armstrong, Natalie Cole, Norah Jones, Nina Simone, Frank Sinatra

Western Classical - Bobby McFerrin, Vivaldi, Katherine Jenkins

Soul - Whitney Houston, Adele, Aretha Franklin, Shirley Bassey, Alicia Keys, Beyonce

Country - Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood

Instrument experience:

Vocalist:
Expert
Vocalist - Tenor:
Expert
Vocalist - Soprano:
Expert

MUSIC