ARUN SHENOY is a GRAMMY® Award nominated Artist, Music Producer and Composer. A resident and citizen of Singapore, his versatile production style spans genres as wide as rock and funk, to jazz and world music; and more recently singer-songwriter. Arun writes and produces music released as solo productions under his own name, as well as for other bands and solo artists. He is the founder of publishing firm Arun Shenoy Music Publishing (BMI), record label Narked Records and is now a budding Philanthropist with his community service organization, The Arun Shenoy Foundation, all of which are bankrolled by him personally.
ARUN SHENOY exploded onto the international stage out of relative obscurity with a GRAMMY® Award nomination at the 55th Annual GRAMMY® Awards.for his debut world fusion production titled RUMBADOODLE in 2012. “Bliss”, Shenoyʼs follow up single from his Indian World Fusion project was launched by the Recording Academy via a Worldwide Exclusive First Look at GRAMMY.com in 2013.
His second full length record A STAGEY BANK AFFAIR released in 2016 as a collaboration with THE GROOVE PROJECT, a musical supergroup including Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band), Jim “Kimo” West (Weird Al Yankovic) and Ed Roth (Chad Smith’s Bombastic Meatbats) was chosen as Album of the Year by Jazziz Magazine’s Critics Pick and dubbed “an explosive, exotic, jazz-funk-rock-barn burner” by noted American journalist and reviewer, Jonathan Widran.
Shenoy released an EP in 2018 titled THE UNPLUGGED SONGWRITER SESSIONS in collaboration with THE MAVERICK EXPRESS, a rolling roster of musicians comprised largely of Shenoy’s long term collaborators. On this album, for the first time, Shenoy introduces a more intimate singer-songwriter facet of his art, a dramatic shift from the large scale contemporary jazz and world productions he is best known for internationally.
He shuffled the THE GROOVE PROJECT in early 2019 into an 8 man musical group prominently featuring acclaimed producer MATTHEW SHELL, pianist LONNIE PARK, saxophonist MARCUS MITCHELL and 4 other instrumentalists. The group released the debut single “PILOT” in July 2019 from their new concept album Jazz Project based on man’s fascination with flight.
Shenoy is known to be reclusive and has maintained a relatively closed private life. He has however revealed that in recent years, he has been embattled on multiple fronts – struggles with mental health issues of anxiety and depression since Sept 2017, the tragic passing of ex-wife and art director Roshni Mohapatra in Dec 2018, and engaged in ongoing litigation. “I find myself surrounded only by lawyers, doctors and therapists” Shenoy quips, “a castaway on a desert island with my name, and a prisoner in my own mind, But I don’t really think I would change a thing if I could, cause this is what defines the person I am evolving into every single day.”
He has personified himself through the moniker of the Sad Clown, (also a song from his second album), that adds a slightly darker counterpoint to his public persona that is awash in sunshine. To quote an excerpt from the pantomime clown Grimaldi’s “The Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi”, edited by Charles Dickens — during a visit to the surgeon John Abertheny dating back to the 1820s, Grimaldi hoping to find a cure for his depression, asks Abertheny for advice, and unaware of his client’s identity, the surgeon prescribes the diversions of “relaxation and amusement”. “But where shall I find what you require?” said the patient. “In genial companionship,” was the reply; “perhaps sometimes at the theatre; – go and see Grimaldi.” “Alas!” replied the patient, “that is of no avail to me; I am Grimaldi.” Like Grimaldi, Shenoy notes, for many of us, laughter and misery becomes the balance-beam on which our existence is constantly weighed as every career triumph is paid for with a proportionate personal agony, and every moment of joy countered by grief.
OTHER SIDE PROJECTS
Soul’d, a Jazz Funk trio formed by Shenoy made significant inroads into US mainstream radio in major markets through the release of an eponymous debut single in 2014. In the same year, Shenoy has also collaborated with American producer Matthew Shell on a single titled “Genesis” and has later served as the executive producer on Shell’s latest release in 2017, FIRST LIGHT. He has also released 2 Alternative Rock. singles titled “Make Up Your Mind or Leave In Behind” and “Illusion” in collaboration with Sridhar in 2014, and an American Roots single titled “If I Knew” with American singer-songwriter Elizabeth Butler in 2017. in July 2019,he has produced the single “Child’s Play” the debut of artist Sai Phaye under the tutelage of the Arun Shenoy Foundation
INFO BOXLOCATION: Singapore | California STYLE: Rock, World Fusion, Smooth Jazz, Funk, Singer/ SongwriterPUBLISHER: Arun Shenoy Music Publishing (BMI) LABEL: Narked RecordsPR: The B Company (Los Angeles)