Srivani Jade was introduced to music at the age of four by her father Bhavani Prasad Jade and uncle Raghavendra Tilwalli. She studied Khayal initially with Dr. Sharad Gadre in the Gwalior style (2002-03), and in the Kirana style with Pandit Parameshwar Hegde since 2006. Srivani also enjoys singing an eclectic repertoire of light classical music, such as Thumri-dadra, Tappa and Bhajans.
Although she grew up performing on the stage and radio in India, she debuted as a Khayal singer in Ragamala's Utsav festival (Seattle, 2008) and Devanandan Ubhayaker Yuva Sangeet Utsav for emerging artists (Bengaluru, 2009). She has since continued to study, teach, and perform Hindustani Gayaki in both North America and India--Kalakendra (Portland), Ragamala (Seattle), Chhandayan (New York), Anindo Chatterjee Institute of Tabla, Suburban Music Circle (Mumbai) to name a few--and major music festivals such as the Sawai Gandharv Bhimsen Mahotsav (2014).
She has five solo albums to her credit, and several grants, artist residencies and awards, including the Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship Award (2009) and an NEA grant for her musical composition work on the existential love poetry of Meera Bai (Astitva, 2011). She has composed and recorded theme vocals for independent films such as Tapasya (2003), Siddhanto (2014) and stage productions such as Indian Ink (Sound Theater Company). She is an auditioned artist with All India Radio, and Visiting Artist with the University of Washington School of Music's Ethnomusicology program. She has also presented workshops on Hindustani/Bhakti music at UW Bothell, University of Puget Sound, University of British Columbia (Canada) etc.
Srivani's inter-disciplinary work, with visual artist Annette Solyst's miniature 'Peacock' paintings was featured as a month-long installation at Jack Straw New Media Gallery (Raag-rang) in 2014. Her work as a soloist for Seattle-based B'shnorkestra's Global Concerto series (Tagore's Prarthona) was featured in the 2016 Earshot Jazz Festival, and received critical acclaim.
Her new work-in-progress Soul Raga features One-on-One dialogues between Indian Vocals and West Javanese Sundanese music, Senegalese drumming, and Greek clarinet. Soul Raga has received grant support from 4Culture and Jack Straw Productions, and will premiere in Seattle in Summer 2017.
Srivani was founding editor of Ragavani Journal of South Asian Music and Dance (2007-08). She has served on the board of Kirkland Performance Center (2010-12), a vibrant international art house, and helped curate the Namaste Kirkland annual performance series focused on the performing arts of India. Her GAYAKI teaching studio in Kirkland also hosts monthly baithaks, where students and visiting musicians perform and interact in an unplugged and intimate gathering space.
2014 Night by Night--Khayals in Jogkauns and Sohni
2011 Salagvarali and Audav Bageshree--Khayals
2009 Meera's Love
2009 Bhoopali and Rajasthani Maand
2008 Bhaktidarshana Tukayache (Marathi Abhangs of Sant Tukaram)
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2016: Artist Support Grant from Jack Straw Productions. Recording 'Soul Raga' (see below).
2016: Individual Artist Project grant from 4Culture (Create and present "Soul Raga"--Indian raga vocals combine with Greek clarinet, Latin piano, Senegalese drums and Tabla to create a new sound; four new multi-part compositions.)
2012: Individual Artist Project grant from 4Culture (Project title: “Raag-rang: A Musical Interpretation of Modern Indian-Style Miniature Paintings.”)
2009: “Meera's Love” nominated for Best Album at 10th Annual Independent Music Awards in the World Music category.
2009: Fellowship Award from Washington State Arts Commission.
2009: Recording grant from Jack Straw Productions for project on the spiritual love songs of the 16th century mystic, Meera Bai.
2009-10: Washington State Arts Commission Master-Apprentice grant (Khayal).
2008-09: Washington State Arts Commission Master-Apprentice grant (Thumri).
2015 and 2013 (Winter Quarter): Visiting Artist, Ethnomusicology program, University of Washington School of Music.
2009-10: Artist in Residence, University of Washington Bothell's Interdisciplinary Arts program.
2008-09: Artist in Residence, Jack Straw Productions, Seattle.
2004-06: Carnatic Music with Vidushi Smt. Seetha Narayanan, Chennai.
1998: M.S. in Electrical/Computer Engineering, Colorado State University.
1996: B.Tech. Electronics and Communication Engineering, JNTU CE, Hyderabad.
Srivani Jade's earliest performances as a young child.
Srivani Jade in 2009, around the time of recording her first albums.
Performing Tagore's Prarthona at Earshot Jazz Festival with Samantha Boshnack, B'shnorkestra as part of the Global Concertos project. Langston Hughes Center for Performing Arts, Seattle, Washigton. May 2015.