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Tara Bhrushundi

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Artist • Composer • Lyricist • Publisher

Artist • Composer • Lyricist • Publisher

Tara Bhrushundi is a jazz pianist, composer, and instructor in the New York/New Jersey/Pennsylvania area. Her 30 years of performing experience have taken her to The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage in Washington, D.C.; Ortlieb’s Jazzhaus and World Cafe Live in Philadelphia; the Waldorf, The Carlyle, and the National Arts Club in Manhattan; New Jersey’s PNC Bank Arena; the Trenton, NJ Women in Jazz Festival; and the New Jersey Independent Music Festival among many others. 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. 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.

In 2008, Bhrushundi and a colleague founded Sweet Harmony as a music duo serving New Jersey, New York City, and Philadelphia. Bhrushundi later became the sole leader of the group, incorporated it, and expanded to include a network of nine sales reps and hundreds of musicians serving the entire United States. The company now performs for more than 500 events each year.

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.

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.


Audience and Press Reviews

  • "She is a brilliant pianist and composer."

    — Mark Laycock, Princeton Symphony Orchestra Conductor from 1986-2007

  • "... fantastic ..."

    — Toshiko Akiyoshi, American jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and bandleader

  • "... ingenious ..."

    — Grammy-nominated composer/pianist Laurie Altman

  • "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."

    — Wayne Guinn, Three Bridges, NJ

  • "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."

    — Flora Newberry, Roebling, NJ

  • "You're a rare find. … I got more expressions of gratitude for [your music] than almost ever before. … What a delight!"

    — Louise Maynard, www.solo-