“EAST MEETS WEST, STORY-TELLING MEETS TECHNOLOGY”
OCTOBER 20th, 2017---Cinematic electronic pop artist, Chanda M, launched her second official music video, entitled Gaia, via Les Méconnus. The single is off of her sophomore EP, Oracle, which was launched at Casa del Popolo on Oct 17th, 2017. Echoes of the past become merged with rhythms of the future on Chanda M’s Oracle EP. Ancient cultures collide with modern technology as Chanda M’s voice and lyrics dance through the spaces between them.
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Chanda M creates music that is lyric driven, melodic and infused with electro-ambient sounds. Her bewitching vocal style has been compared to that of Kate Bush, Bjork and St. Vincent. In fall 2017, she released her second music video entitled “Gaia” via Les Méconnus. The single is off of her sophomore EP, Oracle, which was launched at Casa del Popolo on Oct 17th, 2017. Chanda M's music has been showcased on several radio stations, including CKUT 90.3 FM, CIBL 101.5 FM's Emission Le Retour and CKCU Radio Ottawa. Her passion for music also permeates her scientific works on the neurochemistry of music, which have garnered international media coverage. As a scientific researcher, she has collaborated with Dr. Daniel J. Levitin, New York Times best-selling author of This Is Your Brain On Music.
Chanda M is the nom de plume of Mona Lisa Chanda, an artist who’s journey is filled with delicious paradoxes that fuel her creativity. Born in Northern Quebec, this daughter of a German mother and East Indian father embodies a unique mélange of cultural influences. Mona Lisa is also a Ph.D. in Psychology practicing her first love—music and poetry. Driven by this dual passion for music and sciences, she published papers on the neurochemistry of music together with New York Times best-selling author Dr. Daniel J. Levitin (This is Your Brain On Music, The World In Six Songs).
As a trained classical and jazz singer, Mona Lisa performs on many local stages (e.g. House Of Jazz, Upstairs Bar & Grill, Montreal International Jazz Festival, POP Montreal) and has collaborated with Juno Award-winning producer, Rob Heaney (Cirque du Soleil, Patrick Watson). In collaboration with Heaney, she recorded the 2013 indie folk rock EP Tip of My Tongue under the name Mona Lissa & The Brink. Critics praised the EP, comparing it to Sarah Brightman’s acclaimed 1993 album “Dive”.
In winter 2015, she began recording new original material under the moniker Chanda M, in collaboration Raphael Rosenwald (early collaborator of The Dears and Arcade Fire) and Michael Rien of Primal Urge Productions. The "neo noir" video for her lead single Ghostwriter, directed by filmmaker Alex Pacifici, was released on October 14, 2016. The Icons of Dreams EP was launched on November 12th at La Vitrola in Montreal and on November 19th at Live On Elgin in Ottawa. Chanda M’s debut on the local music scene has garnered a positive response from the press, including live interviews and performances on CIBL 101,5 FM's Emission Le Retour and CKCU Radio Ottawa.
In September 2017, she launched the second official Chanda M music video, entitled Gaia, via Les Mesconnus. Her sophomore EP, Oracle, was released at Casa Del Popolo accompanied by a live show on October 17, 2017. Oracle was produced by Rosenwald and Rien, with assistance from Heaney. The video for Gaia was directed by Alex Pacifici.
“I really enjoy her honest songwriting. She presents a very modern view of love.”
“Well, I have to say that I was immediately struck by Mona Lissa’s voice. While she has been compared to St. Vincent and Kate Bush, I personally was brought back to 1993 and Sarah Brightman’s album Dive and in particular, “Captain Nemo” (a song that, to this day, still gives me chills)….Mona Lissa’s voice is controlled and haunting… but in this case, there’s an intimate (at times, overtly sexual) undertone in the music and lyrics that would make a shy listener blush.”
—Bucketlist Music Reviews
"While the Icons of Dreams EP is her debut, the sharp electronics will make you feel like you're traversing through auditory ether. It shows a beauty and composure you'd normally hear from a seasoned performer, a certain maturity that you don't normally expect from a debut."
—Forget The Box
"The excellent control of Chanda M's voice does not erase the emotion that is present. Head voice certainly, but we feel the heart."
—Geneviève Plante, YULorama
"[The song] Cosmic Rapture captures Chanda M's angelic voice in a lullaby that will send you on a trip to heaven."
"A nice music discovery for me today is Mona Lissa & The Brink. This music reminds of of Kate Bush a lot. It is sexy and sad....romantic in a run away with a Gypsy circus kind of way."
—Bandmark - Music, Montreal & Other Awesomes
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