FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // Oct 10th, 2018 // CHICAGO
Rising International Artist Subhi Performs at Google for “Talks at Google” series
My Bollywood Jazz: The Beauty of Not Having a Plan
On Friday, September 7, 2018, Indian American Singer Songwriter and Musician Subhi spoke and performed as the keynote speaker at the Google Headquarters as part of the Talks At Google series. The talk was part of Subhi’s North America album tour that included performances in New York City, Baltimore, Washington DC and San Francisco.
The talk can be found online on Youtube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAWSrcU_TXk
Subhi’s music promotes cross-cultural exchange of creative ideas between Indian music and Chicago's vibrant Jazz. The talk was titled “My Bollywood Jazz: The Beauty of Not Having a Plan”. She shared how her journey to Bollywood took a turn towards Chicago Jazz. Subhi talked about how the songs were created during her travels between Mumbai & Chicago; and how they lead to an accidental album. She released her debut album titled Shaitaan Dil (Naughty Heart) in September last year. As part of the show, she performed some of her original compositions.
The talk can be found on Youtube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAWSrcU_TXk
“The heart does what it wants. I almost feel like my heart has a mind of its own. It has its own agenda. This wasn’t what I planned for, but at times, you have to follow your instinct and your heart,” Subhi muses. “All through this journey, I had no idea where I was going. Logically, it made no sense. But my heart would not let go. It had its own agenda. I believe, it is alright not to have a plan. In fact, it is better not to have a plan because then your mind is free, you will get a chance to follow your heart.”
Talks at Google, a regular speaker series, promises to bring the world's most influential thinkers, creators, makers and doers all in one place. Talks at Google has hosted some of the world’s most famous musicians including Andrea Bocelli, Paul Cohen, The Avett Brothers and international artists including Zakir Hussain, Shankar Mahadevan, Kailash Kher, and Arijit Singh.
Earlier this year, Subhi showcased at the prestigious SXSW music festival and performed at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. She was a speaker & performer at TEDx 2017 conference in Chicago. ABC7 Chicago featured Subhi, showcasing her journey on their Emmy award winning show 'Asian Influences'.
Taking questions from the audience, Subhi spoke about her upcoming album and her experiences of working with Jazz musicians in Chicago. She mentioned that her upcoming album (due to release in 2019) will be an easy listening acoustic album. It'll be a blend of Folk, Bassa Nova & Pop with lyrics in Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi & English.
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