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Anita Aysola



Biography

Armed with lyrical wit, virtuosic piano runs, and a sultry-sweet voice that hearkens back to the golden age of jazz, Atlanta-based songwriter Anita Aysola is a deft musical mixologist who seamlessly infuses jazz and blues with classic rock and traditional Indian influences.  

Her debut album More Than Maybe, 2008, showcases her songwriting prowess and broad range of influences, from Norah Jones to Otis Spann.  Anita’s exploration and discovery are intimately American, a theme she unpacks musically, lyrically, and emotionally on her latest album, Beyond Our Dreams. Produced by a polymath actor and composer of Indian heritage, Samrat Chakrabarti, in collaboration with musical polyglots from the Brooklyn Raga Massive circle, Anita’s songs fold radiant flights of Indian-style improvisation and rhythm into resonant storytelling and piano chops. Think Anoushka Shankar meets Randy Newman. The lyrics in Anita’s songs have a similar--and similarly complementary - dual nature, be it as a person of two cultures, or of several callings, as a musician, mother, and wife.   

Anita has performed across the United States, with shows in New York City, Chicago, Boston, Houston, Washington D.C., and Atlanta. She performed at a private event that included President Barack Obama, and she is a regular performer in Atlanta, GA.

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Video 8/27/2019: Anita Aysola

Armed with lyrical wit, virtuosic piano runs, and a sultry-sweet voice that hearkens back to the golden age of jazz, Atlanta-based songwriter Anita Aysola is a deft musical mixologist who seamlessly infuses jazz and blues with classic rock and traditional Indian influences. Anita’s songs fold radiant flights of Indian-style improvisation and rhythm into resonant storytelling and piano chops.

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