ARUN SHENOY is a GRAMMY® Award nominated Songwriter & Music Producer. He is best known globally for his solo productions as well as for his work with the star studded Contemporary Jazz supergroup, THE GROOVE PROJECT. Shenoy is the founder and CEO or publishing house, ASMP and boutique record label, Narked Records. He has recently announced plans for the diversification of his “Shenoy” brand across the spectrum of the entertainment experience with his artist series of guitars, peripherals, and private reserve artist wines.
The 43 year old producer, guitarist, & songwriter has received significant critical acclaim over the years for his work. American music critic Jonathan Widran has noted that Shenoy’s discography may sound a bit scattered, but it is reflective of a brilliant, multi-faceted creative mind, pushed relentlessly by a restless spirit. He has noted Shenoy’s work as some of the most compelling, heartfelt and life affirming music he has heard.
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.
Shenoy formed The GROOVE PROJECT in Studio City, California as a Contemporary Jazz group in 2016. The group has released 2 full length studio albums “A STAGEY BANK AFFAIR” (2016) and “VOLUME 1: FLIGHTS OF FANTASY” (2020) with the third album “VOLUME 2: THE WINDS OF CHANGE” slated release in the summer of 2021.
The debut record 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.
Notable members and special guests of the band in the past (and present) have included current and former Dream Theater keyboardists Jordan Rudess and Derek Sherinian, GRAMMY Award winning saxophonist Jeff Coffin from the Dave Matthew Band, keyboardist Adam Holzman best known for his long association with Miles Davis, Weird “Al” Yankovic guitarist and GRAMMY Winner Jim Kimo West, GRAMMY Award nominated arranger Don Hart best known for his long association with Phish, and acclaimed keyboardist Ed Roth. Only Shenoy from the original lineup remains on the current roster.
Shenoy also released an EP in 2018 titled THE UNPLUGGED SONGWRITER SESSIONS in collaboration with THE MAVERICK EXPRESS, a 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.
Under the artist moniker of “FIREFLYX” Shenoy is also currently dabbling in downtempo chill-out music fused with hip hop tagged as Chillhop or better known as Lo-Fi hip hop; and Jazz rap (or Jazz hip hop, Jazzhop), a fusion of jazz and hip hop music.
He was married for 12 years to Art Director ROSHNI MOHAPATRA, who has been an integral part of his productions. She passed away on Dec 13, 2018 at the age of 38. Shenoy and Mohapatra have previously been featured in the best dressed list at the GRAMMY® Award red carpet arrivals in Los Angeles in 2014 by Zen Magazine and Shenoy again in 2015 by Le Guide Noir.
Shenoy was conferred the Outstanding Computing Alumni Award by the School of Computing at NUS, Singapore in 2018 and is also a Distinguished Alumni of MIT, Manipal. He is an avid fan of scuba diving, and collector of exotic motorcycles.
MUSIC VIDEO SHOWCASE
Matthew Shell & Arun Shenoy - Genesis
The Groove Project - Spellbound By Two (feat. Jordan Rudess)
The Groove Project - Ocean Of Love (feat. Adam Holzman)
Arun Shenoy - Rumbadoodle
Arun Shenoy - The Violin Song
Arun Shenoy - Bliss
Arun Shenoy & The Maverick Express - The Perfect Mistake
Arun Shenoy & The Maverick Express - The Purple Phoenix Tour
The Groove Project - Beyond the Atmosphere
The Groove Project - First Flight
Arun Shenoy & The Groove Project - Sugar Free
Arun Shenoy & The Groove Project - A Stagey Bank Affair