Anandi

Anandi

A musical journey integrating inventive arrangements with first class musicianship and soulful vocals.

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True to Love

Anandi

Fans of Jane Monheit and Karrin Allyson will enjoy this full-spectrum jazz recording.

An enthusiastic fan once told Anandi, “If I bring a date to your show, your music will make her fall in love.” With a name that means ‘bliss’ in Sanskrit, one could easily infer that Anandi was born to create music that is capable of putting the listener in a very pleasant state indeed, conjuring sounds and images pleasing to the senses. One journalist describes “A rich, dusky voice, poignant lyricism and just a touch of sadness to make the blues go down right.” Whether she’s singing jazz standards or her own original songs, this Portland-based vocalist projects a special mood, mesmerizing the listener with a spacious and thoughtful approach to every song. The daughter of two musicians, Anandi began her career as a guitar-picking singer-songwriter, solidly based in the Boston and New York City acoustic scene. In 2001 she returned to her hometown, Portland, and to her first love: jazz. Developing a repertoire of carefully picked classics, she has chosen material that demonstrates the strength of her voice, while retaining the same serenity and meaningful expression that is the mark of her original material. On her latest album release, True To Love, Anandi offers a collection of jazz tunes past and present, weaving contemporary selections (Mark Murphy's Stolen Moments) with lesser known standards (Undecided), old soldiers (Teach Me Tonight) and her own original lyric (True To Love). Anandi is joined by the superb pianist Randy Porter, saxophonist David Evans, bassist John Wiitala and drummer Todd Strait. Take your time listening to Anandi and her unique approach to jazz vocals, as she draws you into her world, slowly and inevitably, her silky voice bringing you into the blissful state promised by her name.

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The Song is You

Anandi

A contemplative vocal approach dipped in modern jazz. A mix of wisdom and poetry that projects a special mood, mesmerizing the listener with a spacious and thoughtful approach to every song. A silky voice that draws you in, slowly and inevitably.

An enthusiastic fan once told Anandi, “If I bring a date to your show, your music will make her fall in love.” With a name that means ‘bliss’ in Sanskrit, one could easily infer that Anandi was born to create music that is capable of putting the listener in a very pleasant state indeed, conjuring sounds and images pleasing to the senses. One journalist describes “A rich, dusky voice, poignant lyricism and just a touch of sadness to make the blues go down right.” Anandi’s special brand of contemplative soul contains a mix of wisdom and poetry rarely encountered in today’s popular music. Whether she’s singing jazz standards or her own original songs, this Portland-based vocalist projects a special mood, mesmerizing the listener with a spacious and thoughtful approach to every song.

The daughter of two musicians, Anandi began her career as a guitar-picking singer-songwriter, solidly based in Boston’s acoustic scene. During this time she recorded and released her first album, Melody of Question. Her next two self-released albums, The Mirror and Forever Days, recorded in New York City, were featured on CDBaby’s home page and received airplay at college radio across the country. After spending several years in New York she returned to her family home in Portland and to her first love: jazz. Developing a repertoire of carefully picked classics, she has chosen material that demonstrates the strength of her voice, while retaining the same serenity and meaningful expression that is the mark of her original material.

On her forthcoming album release, The Song Is You, Anandi takes the opportunity to share the fruits of her latest creative endeavors. Offering a collection of jazz tunes past and present, Anandi weaves contemporary selections (Wayne Shorter’s Footprints and Esperanza Spalding’s Precious) together with lesser known standards (My Buddy, It’s Crazy) and old soldiers ( Night In Tunisia, Caravan, Round Midnight). With her special ability to get inside a song, transcend the genre and find its essence, she’s taken Stevie Wonder’s hard-driving Latin soul track, Another Star, and transformed it into a profound ballad. And she’s enlivened the mix with a new jazz approach to Forgiveness, one of her own original songs. Anandi’s lovely vocals are enhanced by a generous dose of great piano-playing by longtime collaborator and co-producer Vince Frates, along with the superb saxophonist David Evans, acoustic bassist Dave Captein and drummer Dave Muldoon. Anandi’s dad, Nick Gefroh, contributes some swinging percussion on the Brazilian tune, A Felicidade. Take your time listening to Anandi and her unique approach to jazz vocals, as she draws you into her world, slowly and inevitably, her silky voice bringing you into the blissful state promised by her name.
More information at http://www.anandi.com

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Forever Days

Anandi

The third album from this Portland-based singer songwriter. From high energy pop to torchy, lyrical ballads, delicious vocals that you will not soon forget.

As one enthusiastic fan once said, "If I bring a date to your show, your music will make her fall in love." In answer to this Anandi responded, "Then you better be careful who you bring!" With a name that means bliss in Sanskrit, one could easily infer that Anandi's music has the ability to conjure up images and sounds pleasing to the senses.

But this isn't New Age music. It's delicious vocals and poignant lyricism. It's torchy folk and contemplative soul. These are the diverse workings of Anandi's new album, Forever Days.

For this, her third album, Anandi has returned to the studio with producer/multi-instrumentalist Brad Craig (Fine Arts Militia w/ Chuck D., Nastyfacts), drummer Genji Siraisi (Groove Collective) and guitarist and co-writer Steve Mayone (Kris Delmhorst).

Her unique brand of well-crafted songs contains a sense of wisdom and poetry rarely encountered in today's pop music. On Forever Days, the title track reminds a good friend that growing up doesn't mean losing a sense of delight in the world; on "Always A Child" she speaks with gentle tenderness to a friend who has lost faith; "Fruit" praises a friend's lack of discrimination in their affections. Anandi has also ventured back to the soulfulness of the original Gloria Jones' version of "Tainted Love."

Finally, seeing the destruction of the twin towers with her own eyes, inspired the last track on Forever Days and aims at creating a healing mantra for those who have experienced trauma or hopelessness from that day.

Such snapshots make us recall what it might be like to see the world as a playground, where being perfectly human, scrapes and all, is never a burden, always an adventure. Forever Days engages the listener, inviting them to sing along, revealing new dimensions with every listen.

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The Mirror

Anandi

Highly emotional and honest blues-based pop, a rare blend of beauty and attitude. This recording, like the meaning of her name, is blissful.

Although this Portland-based singer songwriter was born into a family of musicians, she chose to study at a Tibetan Buddhist retreat center for several years before pursuing her life-long dream of writing and performing music.

After completing her studies, Anandi spent time developing her sound in New York City and Boston. An ever-growing fan base demanded a CD, prompting the release of her debut, Melody of Question, for which she received praise from The Boston Herald and Northeast Performer among others. She appeared on the Emerson College radio show, "The Coffeehouse." The song "Way" was included in the score of the documentary film The Manhattan Dating Project.

She released The Mirror in April 2002 and supported it with shows in New York City and Boston. She also showcased at the Nashville New Music Conference. The Mirror has received spins at college and core radio stations across the country and has received local and national press including Babysue and Performing Songwriter Magazine.

In the words of reviewer John Scalzi of Indiecrit.com, "A rich, dusky voice, poignant lyricism and just a touch of sadness to make the blues go down right...The Mirror's heart and soul is in soulful - and blissful -contemplation. A solid album all the way through."

From the bluesy stylings of "Enough Of You," the raw emotion of "How Sweet It Was," to the honest self reflections of the title track, The Mirror is a beautiful production, through and through. The Maiden voyage of producer Brad Craig's BLC Studio, The Mirror is, without a doubt, a mission accomplished.

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Melody of Question

Anandi

Sophisticated, genre-jumping, introspective, and lyrically evocative. A repeat listen.

Daughter of former RCA recording artist Rachel Faro and Portland Latin jazz drummer Nick Gefroh, Anandi began singing backing vocals for her mother in clubs and concert halls at the age of 12. And while her beautiful voice may very well be a genetic gift, her remarkable ability to imbue her vocals with any style or emotion, and her impeccable vocal control, come from years of practicing her craft. Anandi's first cd, Melody of Question, is as beautiful as her voice, and a testament to years of hard work.

But then, Anandi is no stranger to hard work. Rather than relying on family contacts to launch her career, Anandi left home and set out for Boston and NYC - two of the most competitive markets in the music biz - to make a name for herself. And that's exactly what she did. In Boston, co-producer and drummer Dan Cantor (Hummer, Jim's Big Ego), helped Anandi to develop her sound, along with guitarist Steve Mayone.

Promptly after releasing her cd, Melody of Question, to wide critical acclaim, Anandi headed to New York City, secure in the knowledge that she had what it takes to make it on her own. There she met and worked with Brad Craig, who would be the producer of her next two releases.

Of her first release, Melody of Question, Daniel Gewertz of The Boston Herald wrote, "So many female singer-songwriters name Joni Mitchell as an influence... Anandi is one of the few with enough melodic flair to live up to the comparison." He went on to describe her music as "genre-jumping... dipped in modern jazz, emotionally available, open to the senses... lyrical, lush, yet uncluttered." That review was written 4 years ago, and Anandi's music has grown to a level of sophistication that far exceeds the sound upon which that review was based.

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