Faculty

Frijo Francis

Senior Faculty - Piano

Frijo Francis is a Jazz/Experimental Pianist and Music Composer working in the field of experimental music. His compositions are mainly based on progressive instrumental music with an essence of Indian classical music, jazz harmony and contemporary style.

Born to a musical family, Frijo grew up listening to various Indian forms of music. He underwent rigorous western classical music training under the tutelage of Fr. Thomas for 12 years and earned his ATCL diploma from Trinity College of Music, London. In the recent years, Frijo has been working with maestros like Dr.L.Subramaniam, Sri Trilok Gurtu, Jeno Lisztes, legendary Gipsy violinist Roby Lakatos, Grammy Winner Vikku Vinayakram, Ernie Watts, Patri Satish Kumar, Anindo Chatterjeeand played for various acts including The Woodshed Musicians, Infusion, Big Band and Blue Rondo all over the world.

His harmonically advanced playing is influenced by several legends like Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans, Miles Davis, Steve Gadd, Dave Weckl, Steve Smith, Jojo Mayer and Tony Williams to name a few.

Baiju Dharmajan

Senior Faculty - Guitar

One of India's most revered and celebrated musicians, Baiju Dharmajan is a guitarist, music composer, producer, director and a guitar tutor widely recognized for his unique ability of seamlessly blending overtones of Carnatic Music with Rock. A celebrated musician, Baiju was the lead guitarist for Motherjane from 1999 through 2010, during which the band released two full-length albums– 'Insane Biography' in 2003 and 'Maktub' in 2008. The band was a popular live act in India in the 2000s and played at many festivals, with his major influence of the Carnatic musical style in his guitar riffs and enduring solos.

Since 2010, Baiju has been working on collaborations and solo projects. He released his debut solo album titled 'The Crossover' in 2012 under the record label Cochym. He's released Indian rock versions of patriotic songs like Mile Sur Mera Tumhara, Vande Mataram.

Baiju has collaborated and been a part of 'Kashmir' with Sanjeev Thomas, 'Karnatrix' with John Antony and 'Bluefire' with classical violinist Harikumar Sivan. He also co-created "Sacred Science" for the popular TV Series The Dewarists with percussionist cum composer Karsh Kale and edakka drum teacher Harigovindan. Other collaborations include Sanjay Maroo, Naresh Iyer, Keith Peters, Ustad Asad Khan, Uday Jose, David Joseph, Midival Punditz and Susmit Sen. In 2013, he accompanied British "shred-king" Andy James for a workshop in Kolkata. In July 2014, his single 'Moham' was published by Songdew.

Mathew Joy

Senior Faculty - Percussion

Mathew Joy, a Licentiate diploma holder from Trinity College London, who is a renowned drum educator across south India as one of the most influencing mentor by contributing a huge no: of professional drummers/musicians into the industry such as Phd, Master degree, performers, tutors, researchers, National Child Award, ATCL & LTCL diplomas. Mathew Joy with an experience of 25 years in the industry as an educator/mentor/clinician and an innovator, heads the department of percussion in our conservatory. Due to the huge commitments and the demand for his training as an educator in south India, he has limited himself away from the performance except the jazz experimental band FNYJ.

Mathew is determined and has made great efforts to preserve the value of acoustic drumming by inspiring, leading through and teaching the students the right way and by influencing professional drummers and bands in South India. He has made remarkable contributions into the industry by organizing clinics as well as demonstrations. His years of contributions in the area of performance, teaching, and recording are being reflected in the community.

To provide awareness among the community, Mathew took the initiative and had the privilege to conduct and perform the first drum clinic in the State of Kerala in 2009. One of the most passionate drum educator the industry has seen.

Jeet Paul

Head of Audio Dept.

Jeet Paul MM in Music Technology is a Sound Engineer/Producer/Composer/Performer. In association with Synergy Audio Productions, New York, he provides freelance audio recording, mixing, mastering, producing, photography and videography services to bands and artists. He is also associated with Engine Room Audio, one of the top large format studios in New York City, having worked there as a sound engineer as well as operations manager. With 2 platinum plaques and 2 gold plaques in his name, his credits include Fergie, 50 Cent, Trey Songz, Ester Dean and Ryan Leslie.

Anjana Abraham

Resident Choral Conductor

Anjana Abraham is an eminent choral conductor and singer (mezzo soprano), she enjoys working with Church, school and community choirs. Her undergraduate education is from Singapore Management University. Abraham graduated with a Master of Music in Music Education from The Boston Conservatory (M.M.Ed ’17), where she was awarded the Promising New Music Teacher Award 2016 and the Music Education Award 2017.

Abraham has been granted honorary membership of The Association of Croatian Choral Directors, and the honorary title of Maestra Mentor. Recently, she was invited to be adjudicator at an international choral competition -- Aurora Cantat. Her love for music has taken her on travels to Poland, Russia, Indonesia, Czech Republic, and Croatia.

Sreehari Menon

Faculty - Carnatic Percussion

A native from Trissur, the cultural capital of Kerala. Sreehari Menon is our faculty for Mridangam, Ghatom and Ganjira with many years of learning experience since 2006, and has achieved his qualifications of MPA in Mridangam from Sri Swathi Thirunal College of Music, Trivandram and BA from the prestigious Chembai Memorial Govt Music College, Palakkad. He has under-gone training on various repertoire from Master Cherthala S Dinesh who is also the principal at Chembai Memorial Govt Music College. Menon is a well-known performer with great experience in accompanying various popular artists in the areas of classical & fusion concerts, (an All India Radio Graded Artist) and a guest lecturer at Kerala Kalamandalam deemed to be university.