TRUE SCHOOL FACULTY - The True School of Music TRUE SCHOOL FACULTY

TRUE SCHOOL FACULTY

Our highly experienced team of Indian and international faculty bring a global perspective and influence to the learning experience at True School. Faculty members are encouraged to maintain a good balance between professional practice, academia and mentorship, which equips them to craft unique pedagogical approaches that nurture creativity, innovation and enterprise in learners.

Ujjayinee Roy

Known for her versatility in various forms of performing arts, Ujjayinee Roy is a singer-songwriter, actor, dancer, columnist and poet. She has been the voice behind numerous songs in mainstream Indian music and sung in Tamil, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Telegu and Assamese films and has worked with various Indian music directors like A R Rahman, Illayaraja, Sajid –Wajid, Harris Jayaraj, Devi Shree Prasad, Yuvan Shankar Raja, M G Sreekumar and many more. She has also lent her voice for numerous jingles, ad-films and voice-overs. She is also a popular actor for television and the silver screen.
Ujjayinee started performing for All India Radio and Doordarshan Kendra from the age of seven. By the time she was eighteen, she was already a graded artist and composer with All India Radio. In the meanwhile, she also started performing in classical and light classical concerts, her debut being facilitated by her guru, late Pt. Ramendranath Dey, as per traditions of Indian Classical Music.
During the early days of her musical career she had also been the founder member of bands like Tribe and Aurko. She has also been a participant in popular reality shows likes SaReGaMa (Zee Television) and Pop Stars (Channel V). She has also hosted an entire season of Zee Tamil’s Sa Re Ga Ma Pa. For many years Ujjayinee has been working and experimenting with various genres of music like opera, rock, Indian and Western classical, blues, jazz, folk music etc., and this versatility is visible in her voice as well as her compositions.
Ujjayinee was also jointly nominated for Global Indian Music Academy (GIMA) Awards along with guitar player Sanjeev Thomas for their single “Tanha – Alone” of which she was the vocalist and lyricist. Some of her original compositions like Kalighata – Rain Clouds” and “This Feels Right” have been rated amongst the top chartbusters in independent music. Recently she went on a European tour of twenty-nine concerts with the Sailing Conductors wherein she performed her original compositions with other artists from Germany, South Africa, Australia and Brazil. Apart from music Ujjayinee is an extremely popular actor on two TV series on Sun Television produced by SaReGaMa. She started acting in theatre as a child and through the years moved to a larger medium of television and films. She has worked in numerous feature films and web series. She is currently teaching the Pro Hindustani Playback Vocals course at The True School of Music.

Ashutosh Phatak

Ashu, as he is better known, is an award-winning multi-instrumental music composer and producer, who has released over 15 contemporary music albums in the past two decades. He is one of the most sought-after composers in advertising and films, having composed music for over 3,000 television commercials and the soundtracks for 10 feature films. He recently composed the music for the acclaimed documentary, Fire in the Blood, released in the US in 2012, and nominated in the World Cinema category at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival 2013. Besides being a popular live musician and a regular on the festival circuit, Ashu is also one of the co-founders of India’s premier live music venue chain, Blue Frog.

Marios Menelaou

 

Marios Menelaou was born and raised in a tiny Mediterranean island, Cyprus. Laying in the crossroads of three continents, Africa, Asia and Europe, he has been influenced since young age to a variety of musical traditions.

At the age of 13, he was introduced to guitar and later on, at age 16, fell in love with the bass guitar. He started studying intensively with famous Giannos Savvides as well as following jazz workshops and private classed from New York musicians Ari Roland and Chris Byars.

In 2010, Marios moved to the Netherlands and studied Bass guitar in the Conservatory of Amsterdam. There, he learnt new techniques with professors Charty Angenois, Theo de Jong, David de Marez Oyens and Lene te Voorwis . Beyond jazz bass guitar,  Marios also studied four years Karnatic techniques on improvisation and composition.  In his years in Amsterdam, Marios was influenced and fused music from jazz, middle eastern music and african music. In 2015, he was awarded a scholarship at ISI Despensar University in Bali Indonesia where he studied Balinese Gamelan and became a gamelan player.

On his musical journey, Marios met a plethora of genres and musicians and he performed in many festivals such as the Afro Vibes Festival in the Netherlands, Aglagazz, Feggaros in Cyprus and many others in Europe.

In the Netherlands, he has been the founding member of Astrophunk and back in homeland Cyprus, he co-founded the jazz trio Lp3 where their first album "The underdog" was released in November 2017.

Teaching has been an integral part of this journey : he has been providing private lesson in bass guitar, music theory, harmony and ensembles. Has has also been a teacher in the National Conservatory of Cyprus.

Anthony Cammarota

 

Anthony Cammarota is a Southern California born multi-instrumentalist, composer, and bandleader. At the age of 9 Anthony began studying guitar and performing professionally as a teenager. Developing his passion led him to became a student at the Orange County High School of the Arts where he graduated top of his class as the premier jazz guitarist. After high school, Cammarota relocated to Seattle, Washington in order to study at Cornish College of the Arts where he received his B.M. in Jazz Performance after completing a 4 year undergraduate program. During his time at Cornish he studied jazz & classical guitar, music theory and composition under notable professors such as Dave Peterson, Michael Nicollela, James Knapp and Tom Varner. While in Seattle Anthony began to perform and associate with international musicians such as Bill Frisell, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Peter Bernstein and Wayne Horvitz, which led him to become a bandleader and composer in his own right.

Anthony has performed, composed and recorded music across North America, Europe and Asia, cultivating an extensive academic background and vast professional industry experience. Being equally skilled on both guitar and bass had led him to work with an eclectic variety of performing artists in the jazz, rock, pop, funk, hip-hop and electronic worlds. As both a performer and educator Anthony Cammarota has a deep command of musicianship that defies genres and creates a unique sound of his own.

Anand Masrani

Anand, 25 is a Mumbai based musician and has actively been in the city's performing space since the last 7 years. Before finishing his civil engineering in 2017, Anand performed extensively at local college competitions with his very first band and since then, he's toured and performed with several other bands across India. Anand grew up listening to The Beatles and had the knack to be a musician from a very young age. He played the acoustic guitar in his teens, slowly developing the desire to switch to the bass guitar. He's currently in his third year at The True School of Music in Mumbai and has been under the stellar tutelage of solid bass players like Giuseppe Vitale and Gianluca Liberatore however he's been learning from the amazing Marios Menelaou since the last 2 years.

Siddharth Talwar

He currently co-owns a partnership firm called “Horse Garden Production”. They compose, produce, and engineer music for advertisements, short films, and indie bands/artists. They have worked with many esteemed brands like Amul, TBZ, Sula, Bajaj, Housing.com etc. Their work has been featured in publications such as Rolling Stone, The Quint, DNA, NDTV, Buzzfeed and more. Apart from managing his own venture, he also teaches production at The True School of Music and plays keyboard for popular Indie bands Spud In The Box and Gumbal.

Ruhika Rao

Ruhika is a western singer-songwriter from Mumbai. She received her formal vocal training from the True school itself. She has been part of and is a part of multiple projects. Currently, She trains in Carnatic singing.She has been teaching for the past 3 years. She teaches at various private schools and has now joined the True school of music as a teacher. Besides music, She has a bachelor's degree in Psychology and aspires to study music therapy.

Veer Karer

Veer, a drummer and educator, from Mumbai, has been playing live shows for 4 years. Having studied drum performance at the True School of Music, he has a keen interest in playing various styles of music - jazz, latin, funk, electronic music, etc. Veer has played at several venues like the NCPA and the Quarter, to name a few, as well as sessions for various acts in the live scene.

Shashank Vishwakarma

Shashank Vishwakarma is a contemporary folk singer-songwriter and guitarist from Lucknow.He began singing at the age of 5, thereby guiding his priorities in school where he found a sense of “familiarity and peace” in chapel services. His own performances, projects and arrangements have often received awards at both District and National levels. After completing his degree in Engineering in Electronics and Communication, he joined the Swarnabhoomi Academy Of Music in Chennai to forward his Musical education and training. During his time at Swarnabhoomi he studied contemporary western music theory, composition and arrangement, jazz guitar and konnakol under distinguished faculty members Pedro Carneiro Silva, Sid Jacobs, Esther Rojas, Karina Colis, Dr. S Ghatam Kartik and Umayalapuram Mali. Since shifting to Mumbai in 2018, he has been teaching at The Soundmonk School Of Music after completing his Grade 8 for Guitar from Trinity School Of Rock & Pop. He is currently in the process of recording an EP of original compositions with his Contemporary Indie Folk Rock band, Rejected Cartoons. The EP is expected to be released by June, 2020.

Gouri Ranjit

Gouri is a singer-songwriter-pianist from Kerala. A vocal major from Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music, she has been part of and lent harmonies to bands like Run Pussy Run, Voctronica, Parekh and Singh, Madboy Mink and Aditi Ramesh Quartet among others. She is currently one half of soul-pop duo ‘Gouri and Aksha’. Earlier this year, they opened for Damien Rice at Sofar Bombay, released their debut single and completed their first tour in Japan. She turned part actor when she made her theatrical debut at the Aadyam Theatre Festival with Motley’s Production of “The Threepenny Opera” and later with Disney’s Aladdin – The Musical.

Anand Masrani

Anand, 25 is a Mumbai based musician and has actively been in the city's performing space since the last 7 years. Before finishing his civil engineering in 2017, Anand performed extensively at local college competitions with his very first band and since then, he's toured and performed with several other bands across India. Anand grew up listening to The Beatles and had the knack to be a musician from a very young age. He played the acoustic guitar in his teens, slowly developing the desire to switch to the bass guitar. He's currently in his third year at The True School of Music in Mumbai and has been under the stellar tutelage of solid bass players like Giuseppe Vitale and Gianluca Liberatore however he's been learning from the amazing Marios Menelaou since the last 2 years.

Derrick Johnson

Derrick Johnson is a 29-year-old pianist from the outskirts of Mumbai. His musical journey began by playing the keyboards in Churches since 2005, where he learnt to play hymns by ear. He went on to get classically trained in Piano under the guidance of Clifton Rodricks from Mumbai. After completing his graduation in business administration (BBA), he worked as an HR for a recruiting firm for a year. But since music was the innate calling, he quit that job to pursue music as a career. Eventually, he started working with music schools as a piano instructor since early 2014, where he taught classical as well as pop piano. In November 2015, he completed his Grade 8 in Pop Music Theory from London College of Music through self-study. In February 2017 he completed his Advanced Recital Certificate from Trinity College London with Distinction under the guidance of Roxana Anklesaria, an established pedagogue and member of MTNA. He's a proud teacher to several distinction holders of music exams over the years. He's currently also pursuing LTCL Diploma in Piano performance and wishes to continue the journey of learning and teaching quality music.

Sign up for our newsletter

Get updates on our free masterclasses, events, and other news