Band Bio:

JIVA-NOLA (Jeeva) is a vivacious new group from New Orleans co-led by Mehnaz Hoosein (vocals) and Andrew McLean (guitar).  The group performs new and old compositions from Indian and other genres with a focus on rhythm, melody and vocal percussion.  Joined by an array of seasoned local musicians to suit the varied material, Jiva-Nola celebrates how the music of India has begun to impact and interact with the sounds and musicians of the Crescent City & brings a fresh, New Orleans inspired, live music approach to the contemporary Indo-American soundscape.

Mehnaz Hoosein is an award winning singer and international performer from Mumbai, India. She achieved great success with the song, “Miss India,” which won the Channel V Music Award for Best Female Pop Vocalist. Soon after, Mehnaz toured across India, Asia and Europe and recorded three solo albums for BMG and Universal Music India. Her music has been chosen for soundtracks of several films, including a duet (“You Are The Reason”) for the award-winning film, “Split Wide Open, recorded with Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock of Air Supply fame. Later in Seattle, Washington, Mehnaz was the lead singer of the band Manooghi Hi voicing her blend of Hindustani classical and Tabla bolis while singing in several South Asian languages. Manooghi Hi released two albums: “Hi” and “Silence” and has performed at many festivals including the Sundance Film Festival and SxSW. Now based in New Orleans, Mehnaz has performed locally at Voodoo Fest with Leslie Blackshear Smith as well as with Indian Master Sarode player, Aashish Khan and Shringar (Lawrence Sieberth, Andrew McLean, Michael Skinkus and the late saxophonist Tim Green). Mehnaz was featured at the 2015 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival with pianist Lawrence Sieberth.

Andrew McLean, a native New Orleanian trained in North Indian classical music, has pioneered the introduction and integration of Indian music in New Orleans.  A natural musician, singer and guitarist from his youth, Andrew was nurtured early on by jazz guitar great Hank Mackie and later by world music and jazz faculty at both U.C.L.A. and the Ali Akbar College of Music in California where he has been receiving training in Indian music under the legendary sarodist Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and tabla maestros Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri and Ustad Zakir Hussain.  In returning home to New Orleans, he has become a first call musician in a multi-state region providing music for concerts, classes, recordings, festivals & soundtracks including Oprah Winfrey’s Super-Soul Sunday, and Seth Rogan’s The Preacher among others.  In 2003 he co-founded the Indo-Nola group Shringar with the late New Orleans’ saxophone legend Tim Green and Indian sarode maestro Aashish Khan, eldest son of Ustad Ali Akbar Khan.  He has performed in Indian and non-Indian genres with On, Braintree, Sun Raga, Henry Butler, Kidd Jordan, Mike D., Benny D., Priyodarshi Majumdar, Nicholas Sanzenbach, Stephen Masakowski, & Chief Smiley Ricks and the Indians of the Nation among others and at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival as a member of Michael Ray and the Cosmic Krewe, The Gregory Boyd Band and Rickie Castrillo’s Dreamland.

 

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