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Just Sisters - Dec 24,2023 THE SPOT






Concert @thespotpondi on Friday Dec 24, 2023

Time : from 08.00 pm onward.

Entrance INR 400 (1 beer included or soft drink).

Just Sisters are a harmony vocal pop group from Auroville, India. In the spirit of

music performed by The Andrews Sisters, or The Pupini Sisters, or Lambert,

Hendricks and Ross, Just Sisters are a similar outfit. The repertoire includes wellknown

standards and popular classics, typically arranged for three part harmony,

featuring robust percussion, and sung in English, French and Portuguese.

Their members are Shakti Balu (keys and tenor/bass/lead voice), Sraddha Sobhan

(alto/lead voice), Kirtana Krishna (guitar and soprano/lead voice), and Tommaso

D’Avanzo (multi-percussion). Just Sisters was founded in February of 2022, and

since then, they have been practising and performing in Auroville, to fine-tune the

act. The band are now ready and excited to take their music to varied venues across

India.


Artists :

Shakti Balu, is an accomplished musician from the Ukrainian National Music College. She is a composer, songwriter, performer, as well as being a highly sought-after voice coach with decades of experience. Last year she debuted her life’s work of composing for Sri Aurobindo’s sonnets.

In Just Sisters, she is the chief arranger and harmonist, with extensive knowledge on the

placement of vocal lines to create alluring harmony. Shakti directs and the rest of the team blend on her cue. She also plays the keys on all songs, and steps in with guitar for a couple of

tunes.


Sraddha Sobhan, is the latest addition to the sisters ensemble. she grew up listening to music, and began formal training at the age of eight, in Carnatic Classical voice. She is a mechanical engineer who chose to reignite her passion for music after stepping into the corporate world. She is a graduate of SAM. She moved to Auroville to pursue her music, andnshe also teaches voice. Sraddha is an exceptional vocalist with remarkable pitch. In Just Sisters, Sraddha usually takes the alto harmony, except when she’s leading. Her steady pitch is an asset to the group.


Kirtana Krishna, is a vocalist, guitarist and songwriter. She began singing at an early age but took formal coaching later in life. She too is a graduate of SAM, and is an ardent fan of all things jazz, bossa nova and samba. She is a phenomenal vocal improvisor, breezing through harmonic changes, albeit after many years of study and practice. In Just Sisters, she takes the soprano harmony, and also leads some songs. Additionally, she has the responsibility of improvisation on guitar or voice or both..


Tommaso D’avanzo, comes from a multigenerationalmusic Italian family. He began playing percussion at the age of fifteen and has not looked back since. He is an exceptional multi-percussionist, with a precise touch and excellent time. Tommaso’s skills have had him featured on Italian national television and radio. He is an expert hand at countless styles of rhythm, from Afro to Latin, Arabic to Mediterranean, the knowledge of which are translated over multiple instruments, from pandeiro to cajon, congas to

chimes. In Just Sisters, Tommaso is the rhythmic unit that ties the sisters’ harmonies together.


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