BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Neecia Majolly,

Founder-Trustee of the Majolly MusicTrust, is a concert pianist, conductor, singer, teacher and composer, who has emerged as one of the most dynamic musical forces in India.

Neecia Majolly’s development as a musician includes piano studies with her parents in Brunei Darussalam (where she was born and brought up), and with Vivien Ngo (Singapore), Dr. John Roberts (Perth, Australia), and vocal studies with Shelagh Molyneax (Singapore). In 1992, having completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Music (Piano Performance), Neecia was awarded the Stephanie Coleman Prize for Best Graduating Pianist from the Western Australian Conservatorium of Music, Perth; the Rex Hobcroft Award in 1991 for Best Pianist at the Inaugural Chamber Music Competition (Western Australian Conservatorium of Music, Perth); and in 2001, the Edgar Fewkes Memorial Award for outstanding musician (voice) in the southern Indian region.

Giving her first public performance at the age of 6, and having being involved in various radio and television programmes in Brunei Darussalam, Neecia has several successful solo performances to her credit in Malaysia, Singapore, Western Australia, Brunei and India, and was also accompanist to Russian-American violinist Galina Heifetz in India.

Neecia is also in demand as a music educator having taught at the Delhi School of Music, the Bangalore School of Music (as well as being Head of the Assessment Panel there), Technics Music School (Sabah, Malaysia), and is presently teaching piano and vocal studies privately in Bangalore (including vocal training and interpretative workshops), where she has been living for the past 18  years.

Under her baton, two choirs, Madrigals, Etc. (specializing in music from the Middle Ages and Renaissance eras), and the Camerata, have earned a firm reputation in India for being unique in their choice of repertoire and quality of presentation. The year 2001 saw the historic performance of Handel’s “Messiah” for choir, soloists and full – fledged orchestra, the likes of which had never been witnessed in India before. Madrigals, Etc. has now the distinction of releasing the first Western Classical Music (Renaissance) music album in the country, ‘the renaissance begins’.

Neecia is also a sought after vocalist and bit composer in the local film industry.

As co-founder and ex-president of the Bangalore Society for Performing Arts, a non – profit organisation set up in 2000 for the promotion of music, theatre and dance in India (www.bspa.741.com), Neecia has been vigorous in encouraging young artistes in their pursuit of the performing arts. The organization unfortunately has had to close down due to pressing circumstances.

Neecia is ex-representative of the LCME (London College of Music Examinations) and was also Artistic Advisor to the National Philharmonic of India (based in Japan), and has also worked as radio presenter of Western Classical Music in New Delhi, India, as well as critiquing for two major newspapers in India.

Neecia also has an alternative band called The Majolly Project whose debut single 'Dark Room' was not only awarded two Gold Medals by the Global Music Awards for Best Emerging Artist and Best Song, but also nominated for Rock Song of the Year by The International Music and Entertainment Awards in 2015. The band won Best Alternative Rock Music Video at the Akademia Awards in January 2016. 

In addition, she holds an ALS (Associate of La Salle - SIA College of the Arts, Singapore) in both performance and principles of teaching, ALCM (Associate of the London College of Music Examinations) in Music Theatre, LTCL (Licentiate of the Trinity College, London) in piano, voice and principles of teaching, LRSM (Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music, London) in piano, and the prestigious FTCL (Fellowship of the Trinity College, London) in piano.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neecia_Majolly

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Ricky Kej,

music director/producer, who recently won a Grammy for 'Best New Age Album', was born to a family of doctors in North Carolina, USA. Kej started off his musical career playing keyboard and guitar for various rock bands in India. In the year 2005, he graduated as a dental surgeon. Ironically, he did not practice dentistry for even a day after he was awarded his degree. It was during his College days, that Ricky started to take music seriously as a profession.

He began producing jingles for television and radio - and in a span of 13 years he has produced over 3000 jingles (TV and Radio) for varied clients such as ITC, Essilor, Levis, United Breweries, Air India, Blaupunkt, IBM, Toyota, Worldspace, SAB Miller, Nike, Springfield, Biocon, Lifestyle group, Kingfisher, Hindustan Levers, Airtel, etc.

Kej released his first International lounge album - 'Communicative art - Lounge from the bay' in the year 2003 to rave reviews. Songs from this album have found its way into over 20 international compilations in France, Poland, China, Taiwan, India, Israel, etc.

His second and third albums 'Kamasutra Lounge part 1 & 2' was released in the year 2007. This too was a critical and commercial success. This album was distributed in USA with Universal music USA. To this date 'Kamasutra Lounge' is one of the most successful 'New Age' music albums in the USA.

In the year 2010, he released a Bollywood Remix album called 'Bollywood Remixed' purely for the USA markets. Released by Water Music Records- USA, this was an instant success in clubs and radio alike. He has also composed/produced music for various French compilations such as 'Indian Zen' and 'Des Voix De L'Inde'.

Ricky Kej has also created an official remix of the Oscar winning song 'Jai Ho' which was featured on the prestigious compilation album 'Dance The Golden Years' for the USA markets.

In mainstream Indian cinema, he took on the project of music direction and composition for the Kannada film 'Accident'. His song 'Baa Maleye Baa' was adjudged the Best song of 2008 (Kannada Prabha- 2008). He is also the music director of 'Venkata in Sankata' (one of the biggest hits of 2009) and 'Crazy Kutumba'. He is completing work on 'Ondu Rupayalli eradu Preethi'.

On his patriotic side: He has launched a patriotic album, Nee Badaladare (Be the change). This song has been sung by the top-most playback singers of the Kannada music industry. For the first time ever, a non film Kannada song has been rated # 1 in music countdowns for 5 consecutive weeks (Zee Kannada- 2009). He has also composed a Karnataka state anthem 'Jaya Hai Kannada Thaye' written by the legendary poet HS Venkateshmurthy. The music video for this song got tremendous airplay featuring atars from the Kannada film industry. It has now become immensely popular across Karnataka and is played at various Kannada events across the world.

Ricky has also composed the theme anthem for the KPL (Karnataka Premier League) in 2009 and 2010.

He has composed music for the opening ceremony of the ICC World Cup held at Dhakka in February  2011. This opening ceremony was telecast in over 200 countries worldwide. The World Media hailed it as the best opening Ceremony in the history of World Cup Cricket.

With Virgin records, Ricky recently completed the now immensely successful album 'Fiery Drums'. It was the first album ever created by an Indian musician to feature on the Microsofts Zune home page. In 2011 he also released 'Urban Grooves- South India', 'Punjabi in the Club', 'Mesmerizing Flute' and 'Bollywood in the Club' with Virgin –EMI.

Creator and musical director for the 'Rave iBAND', It is a band comprising serious musicians who play music using smart phones and tablets (the guitarist uses a guitar app, drummer uses a drum app, etc) In fact even the vocalist sings into a smartphone using a microphone app!. This is the first and only one of its kind in Asia. Music from the iBAND was/is featured on radio stations in the UK, Kenya, Dubai, India including 'Sunrise Radio' (UK) which is hailed as being the 'Greatest Asian Radio Station in the World'.

His Music Video 'Arabian Sea' (from the album Fiery Drums, 2012) had tremendous airplay on VH1. For this song, Ricky Kej was declared 'India Rules- Artist' by VH1 in September 2012.

http://www.rickykej.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricky_Kej
www.facebook.com/rickykejmusic

 

 


Rajendra Chaturvedi,

has been a leading music composer and arranger in the Indian commercial music industry for a major part of the 80's and 90's.

Having studied to great depth both Indian and Western Classical Music, he has been always fascinated by the rich music traditions both forms have to offer, and his compositions have always been influenced by the melodic soul of Indian Classical Music against the complex harmonization of Western Classical Music.

In 1989, Mr Chaturvedi established an audio studio which had the most advanced facilities then available in the industry. These were the first roots of the THEME MUSIC Group of companies that went on to do many other ground breaking work in times to come.

In 1996, THEME started importing and distributing musical instruments and studio equipment, along with the designing and setup of project studios.

In 1998, THEME started the import of KAWAI Pianos from Japan which are among the world's leading piano manufacturers loved for their rich, warm, singing sound. THEME is the sole national distributor for KAWAI pianos in India and at present has 3 exclusive KAWAI Piano showrooms located at New Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru. These showrooms go by the name of THEME PIANO WORLD and are the only exclusive piano showrooms in the country!

In an effort to give back to the music that made him, Mr Rajendra Chaturvedi founded THEME MUSIC INSTITUTE in Greater Kailash (New Delhi) after having realized that Western Classical music needed to be an organized industry should it grow and receive mainstream acceptance. In all, THEME has launched 6 Music Institutes in 3 major cities across India including the first one in Greater Kailash; Gurgaon- DLF (2002); Juhu, Mumbai (2006); Punjabi Bagh, Delhi (2009); Bandra, Mumbai (2009); Koramangala, Bangalore (2010)

The THEME Music Institute prides itself on being the pioneer for group method teaching for piano learning in India which facilitates ensemble piano playing.

THEME is also one of the largest distributors of music books and sheet music from various international publishers such as Alfred Publishing Co., Faber Music, Music Exchange, Oxford University Publishing, Hal Leonard, Music Sales and many others.

Mr Chaturvedi shares Neecia's vision in building very high standards of Western Classical Music Education in India through The Majolly Music Trust!!

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