This album showcases her affinity for exploring repertoire that strays from the jazz standards, like the title track by Baroque composer Henry Purcell, a song by the alternative rock band The Cure, and a Bengali folk song.
"In this album are glimpses of some of the musical adventures that have shaped me into who I am today. Singing nursery rhymes into the tape recorder. Performing Bengali songs at Durga Puja. Listening to alternative rock. Studying classical music. And ultimately finding my voice through jazz. I hope you enjoy these songs that retrace the steps of my on-going journey."
Sharmila Guha - voice
Larry Koonse - acoustic & electric guitar
Kevin Axt - bass
Produced by Sharmila Guha & Jon Nathan
All arrangements by Sharmila Guha, except for track 5 arranged by Jon Nathan and track 9 reharmonized by Larry Koonse.
Recorded in 2007, mixed and mastered in 2008 by Nolan Shaheed in Pasadena, CA, except for tracks 1, 6, 11, & 16 recorded in 1978 by Sharmila Guha in Monterey Park, CA.
Cover photo by Kevyn Major Howard.
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Sharmila Guha is a multifaceted vocalist able to easily move through a variety musical styles. She frequently performs as a soloist and ensemble member in both jazz and classical settings, is a private voice instructor, works as a studio singer, is a member of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and is a member of The Ron McCurdy Collective.
Sharmila was a music student at the LA County High School for the Arts and continued on to study classical voice at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she discovered her passion for jazz. After college, she was accepted into the “Jazz in July” program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and worked with the legendary jazz singer Sheila Jordan. Since then, she has been a featured performer at a number of jazz festivals in Southern California (including the Inaugural Filipino-American Jazz Festival and the Inaugural Asian-American Jazz Festival, both held in LA).
Sharmila has extensive experience singing in many languages, including: Latin, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Bengali, and Hindi. Her most recent project involves jazz reinterpretations of Bengali songs by Mohiner Ghoraguli, an influential 70's rock band from Kolkata, India.
Sharmila is a member of AGMA and SAG.