Shonai

 

 

 

Shonai is:
Shoani- Keyboards
Aakash Ganguly- Bass
Premjit Dutta- Drums

 

Country: India
Genre: Jazz, Blues, Funk.

 

Born in a musical family, Shonai began tabla training at a tender age of four. His Piano training started much later in his musical journey. After a year of studying, in 1997 he became a graded junior artist of All India Radio and started performing/recording in a program called Calling All Children. He continued learning western classical music in piano till he got introduced to the world of jazz and its musical concepts and theory.
He started taking Jazz lessons from city Pianist Mr. Andrew Gracias. His professional career started when he joined Oberoi Grand Hotel as a solo pianist. He joined Blue Mist, a pop band from the city. He soon started working as a sessions musician, dabbling in various different styles like Latin, funk, pop and jazz.
His major break through happened when he got an offer to perform with legendary Bebop musician Mr. Carlton Kitto. He performed with the Carlton Kitto Jazz Ensemble for several years until the guitarists' unfortunate demise. Shonai has performed in and out of town and around the country with different bands and artists. He is currently part of the Piano faculty at the Calcutta School of music. He has worked in the Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory as a guest piano teacher.
He has recently started working with a Trio and on his own material. Recording has started and he plans to travel with the music. Watch this space!