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Ms Ambika Jois

Biography

I am a south Indian classical (Carnatic) vocalist originally from Bangalore, based in London. I've been a recording and performing artist for more than 18 years with collaborative credentials in vocal performance such as Kasabian, BBC Concerto Orchestra, The Royal Ballet London and in recording such as HedKandi, Stephen Warbeck, OD Hunte, David Carbonara and Indian film music composers Sandeep Chowta and Pritam Chakraborty to name a few.

I recently returned from further training in Carnatic music in India branching out into other divisions of south Indian music such as 'Bhaavageethe' (poetry based music) and 'Bhaktigeethe' (semi-classical Indian music based on devotional contexts) in Kannada (native language of the state of Karnataka) having recently released an album on the latter genre. During my 3 year stay in India, aside from recording and performance projects, I also trained to begin teaching vocal music to new learners as well as experienced singers. My speciality with those in India was in vocal conditioning for western music styles such as jazz, pop and soul and ideas that fused Indian with western music and with those abroad, took a very keen interest in learning Kannada Bhaavageethe and Bhaktigeethe music.

I grew up mainly in London although born in India and have been working for the last few years specifically in areas of performance and training related work to build a bridge between Indian and western styles of music. Having formally trained in Carnatic music alone, I have a great interest and love for other genres of vocal performance through social influence such as jazz and soul. This has allowed me to take to the stages at Glastonbury Festival, Alchemy Festival, Big Weekend and BBC Asian Network. Also, this has opened pathways for me to be a vocal trainer to learners across India, USA and UK from the age of 6 years to 60 years.

I am now looking to reach out to more individuals in UK who have an interest in learning vocal, especially Indian classical, light/ semi-classical, fusion and Indian cinema music (Bollywood, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada languages). Having recorded lead and background score for Indian cinema as a playback singer, I have many avenues and ideas that I would love to share with aspiring artistes and learners in the UK. I strongly feel it would be a great way to enhance the understanding of music and vocal techniques that other genres does not traditionally follow for strengthening a vocalist's capacity in modal manoeuvres.

I am currently working with a mixture of people on face-to-face and also online through Skype sessions - those with an interest in Indian music, western vocal styles and also individuals who are taking singing as a method of therapy for depression, grievances, post natal conditions, devotion and emotional support. This has given me a purpose to use music as therapy even when teaching simple techniques through the concept of Ragas and their relevance and significance to our psyche.

Contact Ambika

Address: Merton Park,
Morden,
London SW19
Greater London
SW19
Phone: Show Number
Mobile: Show Number
Fee (40 minutes): £20.00
Fee (60 minutes): £35.00

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