A “breathtakingly beautiful” new voice in contemporary music (Downbeat Magazine), vocalist/composer Kavita Shah has been praised by NPR for her “amazing dexterity for musical languages.”
Ms. Shah grew up in Manhattan, studying classical piano from age 5 and performing regularly at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center from age 10 as a member of the award-winning Young People’s Chorus of NYC. She was a semifinalist in the 2011 Voicingers International Jazz Competition held in Zory, Poland. She has since toured extensively across North America and Europe performing at major concert halls, festivals, and clubs around the world, including the Kennedy Center, International Jazz Festival, Vermont Jazz Center, National Jazz Museum in Harlem among many others.
Ms. Shah received her Master’s in Jazz Voice from Manhattan School of Music. She holds a B.A. from Harvard College in Latin American Studies, where she received the Cultural Agents Thesis Prize and the Kenneth D. Maxwell Prize for her ethnomusicology research on contemporary Afro-Brazilian music and politics.
Hailed by Downbeat Magazine as the “Best Graduate Jazz Vocalist” (2012) and winner of the ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers Award (2013), Ms. Shah joined forces with guitar virtuoso Lionel Loueke to co-produce her debut album VISIONS (Inner Circle Music/Naïve Records), released in 2014 to great critical acclaim. VISIONS, was dubbed “daring and ambitious” (Jazzwise UK), a “sparkling debut” (Boston Globe), “stunning” (Aquarian Weekly), and Best Vocal & Debut Album of 2014 (Will Hermes, Rolling Stone).
Shah’s second album is due for release in 2017.