Shonai - Pianist / Keyboardist | Calcutta, India(no reviews)
Based In: Calcutta, India
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There are two different shows.
1. "Life of a Pianist"- A solo Piano act. Performance includes soft, smooth, mellow Jazz Standards and Populer tunes by an Acoustic Grand Piano.
2. "The Shonai Collective"- A jazz funk quartet ( with a Singer ). Performance includes jazz standards and popular tunes rearranged in funk.
3. " Piano voice duo"- Shonai accompanies his vocalist Shreya on Piano. They cover standards and popular songs. they arrange a few very popular songs in completely different way which makes their set more interesting to the audience as they can hear all their familier tunes w ... ith a new sound.
1. " Life of a Pianist "
All the things you are.
Fly me to the moon
Girl from Ipanima
Give ma a kiss to build a dream on
On green dolphin street
I can't give you anything but love
You don't know what love is
Love for sale
Lullaby of Birdland
Mack the knife
In your own sweet way
My funny valentine -
New york New York
Polka dots and moonbeams
Stomping at the Savoy
Well you needn't
What a wonderful world
Take the A train
Watch what happens
Body and soul
Four on six
Darn that dream
In a sentimental mood
Blue in green
One note samba
The shadow of your smile
Georgia on my mind
Someday my prince will come
A night in Tunisia
Softly as in morning sunrise
Born to be blue
Stand by me
Isn't she lovely
I just called to say
Have I told you etc.
2. "The Shonai Collective"
1. Ain’t No Sunshine
2. I cant Help It
3. Round Midnight
5. Summer time
6. Street Life
7. Night and Day
8. Apple tree
10. Just the Two of US
11. Isnt She Lovely
12. Love for Sale
13. Rock with You
14. Softly as in Morning sunlight
15. The World is mine
16. You don Know What Love Is
and many others.
" Piano Voice Duo "
2. Sunny Side of the Street
3. Bewitched, bothered, bewildered
4. Everything I Got Belongs to You
5. Lush Life
6. I wish I could shimmy like my
7. Social Call
8. They can’t take that away from me
10. All the things you are
12. My mans an undertaker
13. Inside this heart of mine
14. All the Cats Join In
15. Crazy Little Thing Called Love
16. Don’t Stop Me Now
18. All that Jazz
19 All about the Bass
20. Sweet Child O Mine
21. You’re a Mean One Mr Grinch
22. Somewhere Over the Rainbow
23. Careless Whisper
24. I Will Survive
25. Let It Be
26. Come Together
27. Love Me Do
30. Defying Gravity
Shonai started his journey in music with learning tabla at his tender age. Born and brought up in a musical family he got introduced to many other instruments and styles of music from childhood. At the age of 12, he started taking Piano lessons.
Soon he got approved as a junior artist for a program in All India Radio called "Calling All Children". Later he became a graded artist of All India Radio and have done countless recordings of his solo programs and with several Jazz artists.
He studied Western Classical Music from Royal School of Music, London. Soon after completing high school ... Shonai started performing with different bands and project.
His prime time came when he started taking Jazz theory lesson from Mr. Nanda Das. Soon he got addicted to the world of improvised music. His study in Jazz improvisation took another step up with the help of a very talented Jazz Pianist of the town Mr. Andrew Gracias.
Soon he got an offer to join Oberoy Grand Hotel as a solo Jazz Pianist and successfully carried his job out there. His experience and knowledge helped him to get opportunity to join one of the best English Pop band of the town called Blue Mist which he worked for 12 years and travelled the whole country and abroad.
Apart from Blue Mist he has worked with all most every contemporary and Jazz artists of the town as a session musician. He has worked with an authentic Latin band called Orient Express, one and only Funk Jazz band called Fast Forward and an authentic bebop quartet called Carlton Kitto Jazz Ensemble.
Shonai was lucky enough to get an offer to join Mr. Carlton Kitto at Oberoy Grand hotel, where he worked for several years together and learnt and gathered many experiences. Working with Mr. Kitto's quartet Carlton Kitto Jazz Ensemble, he performed in many Jazz concerts and international Jazz fests around the country. They did a series of Jazz concerts in north east India followed by Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune and many other cities. They continued their journey till Mr. Kitto's sad demise.
For passion of spreading the music education he started giving lessons and taking workshops in many places. He worked in academic schools like Shaw Public school and St. Xavier's schools. Later he joined in a most renowned Music school of the town called Calcutta School of Music. His efficiency in teaching music dragged him to Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory in Nepal. Where he did a series of gigs and projects with several talented Jazz musicians. He took part in MANDUJAZZ festival there with the local Big Band. Currently he is teaching piano in One World College of Music in Delhi.
He has worked with Indian Jazz legend Mr. Carlton Kitto, An Italian Saxophone player Gianni Denitto, an Australian Bass player Marcus Dengate ( who has played with the great Dizzy Gillespie, Scott Hamilton and many more ), Guitar Guru of the town Amyt Dutta, an authentic Latin Congero of the country Monojit Dutta, Canadian Blues Guitar player Nicholas Teberias, Canadian Blues Harp player Michael Kuttner and many others.
Working as a session musician he dabbled in various genre of music like Bebop , Funk, Blues, Latin, Latin Jazz, Pop, Folk Jazz Fusion and many other forms of Music. As a result 20 years of experience reflects in his Playing, Compositions and arrangements as well. Shonai is currently working with a Blues quartet called Big Family, a Free Jazz trio called ABHIND and his own trio called Shonai Collective.
Apart from performing and teaching Shonai does compositions and arrangements for different bands, artists and his own Trio. Recently he has recorded two of his compositions with Shonai Collective in an album called The Foxtrot V2.
Indian pianist Arunava Chatterjee AKA Sonai is a well
trained Jazz pianist. He started his musical journey by
learning TABLA at the age of 5. At the age of 12, he
started taking Piano classes from his father,is also a
renowned keyboard player of the town. He also learnt bass
guitar and worked with many famous musicians and bands.
In 1995 he was selected in a program called "CALLING ALL
CHILDREN", a special program for junior artists in All India
Radio and performed till 1999.
He started taking an exclusive jazz theory classes form a
leading musician of Calcutta in the y ... ear 2001.
2002, he first joined a band and started performing in and
out of town.
As there was no such jazz course available in Calcutta he
had to take lessons from the jazz musicians of the town. In
2004 he started taking class from a jazz pianist.
In that same year, 2004 he had got an offer to join the
most famous hotel in Calcutta, Oberoi Grand Hotel as a lobby
He started arranging and programming songs for movies and
In 2005, he joined one of the leading bands of the town and
performed almost all the mega-cities around the country.
2006, he joined an authentic latin jazz band in a pub of
the Park Hotel. Traveled lots of places around the country
and also took part in a biggest festival of north bengal
In 2007, he joined a funk jazz band in a five star hotel.
2008 he joined Oberoi Grand hotel again, but this time he
joined as an accompanist of the most famous, one and only
authentic bebop jazz guitar player of India, Mr.Carlton
Worked as a session pianist and keyboardist in many bands
and recording as well.
In 2009 he joined a school as a keyboard teacher.
He became a graded artist of All India Radio in the year of
2010 and started performing with all the jazz musicians
In the same year he joined an authentic bebop jazz quartet
Carlton Kitto Jazz Ensemble. Started doing lot of jazz
concerts in different parts of the country.
In 2011 performed in two International Jazz fests in Mumbai
In 2013,he joined the most popular music school of the town
The Calcutta School Of Music as a piano and keyboard
In 2014 he started performing at Sunday Brunch Jazz session with his Jazz Quartet at The Park Plaza.
Currently he is teaching piano in Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory in Nepal.
Private Parties Corporate Events Cocktail Receptions Product Launches Trade Shows Christmas Party Events After Dinner Entertainment Performing in Jazz fests and in any festivals band performance pub shows.
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