Jhaveri is one of the most celebrated singers of her generation
performing North Indian Classical Vocal music. Her specialty is
the Khayal, an elegant and technically demanding style of Indian
classical music. It is through this unique song form that her innovative
artistry and remarkable vocal technique has made her an enduring
favorite among audiences in India and abroad. She also sings bhajan,
thumri and tappa styles with ease and precision.
"Jhaveri's voice is intoxicating as it bends through contortions
of quarter tone glissandos while never losing sight of the melody." Pulse
Born and raised in Ahmedabad (Gujarat), India, Shweta is the first
female vocalist to represent the state of Gujarat on an international
level in the field of vocal Classical Indian music. At the age
of 6, she began training under the guidance of the late Pandit
Vilasrao Khandekar and for eight years performed and studied with
the world renowned vocalist, Pandit Jasraj. She holds a bachelors
degree in Literature and a masters in Music Composition.
In 1985, at the age of nineteen, Shweta made her debut outside
of India traveling to Great Britain and the United States. She
has since become a frequently invited artist to the United States
and Canada where she performs annually. In addition to her popularity
among North American audiences, Shweta has also developed a strong
musical following in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Shweta was the 1991 recipient of the prestigious Netragaonkar award
from Pune. She is also the first Indian classical vocalist to publicly
perform with westerners and musicians outside of the Indian classical
tradition. In India she has also performed on film and television
soundtracks. She has three albums of classical music to her name
including 1995's stunning In Various Moods. For her latest
recording, Shweta teamed up with producer Lee Townsend for a non-traditional
recording project. Anahita is "East
meets West" at it's uncontrived best. The album features six
of Shweta's original compositions and with a band of San Francisco's
finest, including Will Bernard (guitar), Jenny Scheinman (violin),
Bill Douglass (bass) and Jim Kassis (drums & percussion).
been described as "Beyond beautiful.... creative music making of the highest
order, not so much crossing musical and cultural borders as blurring
them altogether." (Billboard)
LOS ANGELES TIMES
Jhaveri Concert a Tapestry of Global Sound World Music
Monday, September 24, 2001
Review By Don Heckman
Indian singer Shweta Jhaveri's concert at the Skirball
Center on Friday was an impressive transformation of the concept
of world music fusion. There have been plenty of shotgun marriages
between Indian classical music and American pop and jazz in the
past, but Jhaveri opted instead for a musical love affair, for
a coming together without precondition.
The program was largely devoted
to selections from Jhaveri's new album, "Anahita," performed
with the same musical associates: Jenny Scheinman, violin, Will
Bernard, guitar, Bill Douglass, bass, and Jim Kassis, drums.
The pieces, all originals were largely in the khayal style -
somewhat lighter and more romantic than the more austere dhrupad.
However, by including what was essentially a Western
ensemble, accompanying for the most part in groove-tinged 4/4 rather
than the more complex Indian talas, or rhythm sequences, the music
emerged as a seamless tapestry.
Above it, floating with extraordinary ease, Jhaveri's
brilliant vocalizing was a mesmerizing musical presence. She opened
up her virtuosity in the program's second half, her precise musical
lines escalating through a maze of melismas.
Scheinman's violin added long, sweeping counter melodies,
while Bernard, Douglass and Kassis provided buoyant support via
rhythm energized by the propulsive feeling of jazz swing.