Artist • Composer • Lyricist • Publisher
Tara Bhrushundi is a jazz pianist, composer, and instructor in the New York/New Jersey/Pennsylvania area. She was one of eight young female jazz pianists from around the world chosen for the Kennedy Center’s 2011 Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Emerging Artist Workshop in Washington, DC. Toshiko Akiyoshi calls Bhrushundi’s playing “fantastic,” while Princeton Symphony Orchestra Conductor (1986-2007) Mark Laycock says, “She is a brilliant pianist and composer.” Tara was also the 2012 Grand Prize Winner of the New Jersey Arts Collective’s music composition contest. She holds a Master of Music in Jazz Piano Performance from Rutgers University, where her mentors were Stanley Cowell and Conrad Herwig.
Tara’s compositions include jazz instrumentals, original songs, and modern jazz-influenced hymn settings. For Watchfire, she contributes music to bring joy and new creative expression to church.
Tara maintains a private lesson studio in her home and teaches jazz piano lessons at The Pennington School in Pennington, NJ. In the community, she plays every Sunday for her local Christian Science church, and serves on the Greater Princeton Steinway Society board of directors.
Audience and Press Reviews
"Without realizing it, the crowd was guided to an elevated feeling of well- being and happiness. You must feel good to know you touch so many in such a unique way."
"I really enjoyed your compositions and can't wait to hear more -- you have a talent for writing catchy but unusual melodies that stick with the listener long after the piece is over."
"You're a rare find. … I got more expressions of gratitude for [your music] than almost ever before. … What a delight!"