B i o g r a p h y
Shadrach Solomon reminds us of the these lines by American Singer-Songwriter, Musician, and Pianist Jerry Lee Lewis
“These fingers of mine, they got brains in ’em. You don’t tell them what to do – they do it.”
Born into a family with Music in their DNA, Shadrach Solomon’s love for music came naturally to him. His formal training in Western Classical Piano at a tender age of 6 years from his father, Mr.Christopher Shyam Prasad was a good beginning that continued, with the able guidance of Sister John of Good Shepherd’s Convent, who was also known for teaching music to the Royal Family of Wodeyars, then later took advanced piano lessons from Ravi Kashyap. Solomon’s profession as a musician began when he was 15 years.
Now, with 30 years of wide experience and exposure in the Music Industry, the ever smiling, calm, clever and soft spoken Shadrach Solomon has plenty to offer from his kitty than one can imagine, as in, he can, dextrously play almost all genres at ease, programme and arrange music in his unique approach, compose and perform his craft remarkably, that make him the most sought after Musician and an extraordinary Music Director.
Shadrach Solomon, popularly known as Solomon in the Music fraternity teamed up with many Music Bands as a Pianist, including the well known ‘Antaraagni’ (now called ‘The Raghu Dixit Project’), Layatharanga, Pratidhwani and Vikshepa, till he decided to form his own band ‘Raaga Garage’ along with the International Fame, Ms.Jyotsna Srikanth and Robert Atchison. Since 2006, Solomon has been performing Carnatic classical music, biennially with the renowned violinist, Dr Jyotsna Srikanth in UK.
Over the years, Solomon has been a part of many live stage performances and Prestigious Festivals such as Times Festival, Festival of Harmony, The Malabar Festival, Paryaya, Best of Me by Bryan Adams (Opening), and National Conference on IT for Defence etc.
His expertise to keep his skill neat and crisp has been the key to share the space ‘on stage’ and ‘in studios’ with the eminent Music Directors (Shri Hamsalekha, Shri V.Manohar, Shri Guru Kiran, Shri Arjun Janya, Shri Ravi Basrur, Grammy Awardee - Mr.Ricky Kej, Shri Raghu Dixit), highly acclaimed Celebrity Singers and accomplished Musicians of International repute, such as Hariharan, Pankaj Udaas, Taufiq Quereshi, Dr.Balamuralikrishna, Dr.L.Subramaniam, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Ganesh- Kumaresh, Amit Heri, Unnikrishnan, Keith Peters, Udit Narayan, Kunal Ganjawala, Chitra, Rajesh Vaidya, Dr. Prakash Sontakke, Dr.Jyotsna Srikanth, Vijay Prakash, Shivamani. Solomon has also been a part of many dance troupes led by Nirupama Rajendra, Shobhana, Padmini Ravi, Raghunath Manet, Sanjay and Shama.
With these accomplishments, Solomon was signed in for a lot of overseas assignments in US, UK, Scotland, France, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Sweden, Portugal, Spain, Malaysia, Kuwait, Dubai and Muscat.
Solomon’s superlative calibre for composing tunes became the whispers in the corridors of the film industry that earned him lend tunes and background scores for around 95 movies such as Hubballi, Ankusha, Chilipili Hakkigalu, Janumada Gelati, Picture Banana Hai, Acharya, Dildaara, Kempegowda, Rajdhaani, Ugram, Rajani Kantha, Nandeesha, Simpalaag Ond Love Story, Simpalaag innond Love Story, Plus, 1⁄2 Mentlu, Beautiful Manasugalu, Real Police Nagara Haavu. Aprilna Himabindu, Mufti, Jagath Khiladi and Anthyavalla Aarambha and the list goes on !
Solomon has produced music for the movie UDDISHYA as a debut Music Director.
Solomon has earned the credit of a ‘Music Director’ for innumerable Music Albums too, such as, Souls of Trance, Alternatives, Olavu, Laali etc. The Music Arrangement by Solomon proves his prowess to express any form of emotion with utmost purity and perfection it demands, be it, Thandava, Freak, Search, Shadow with the aggressive tenor, or Ecstacy and Pranava with the sensational touch or the Donchen and Ameylabcha (Tibetan Albums ) with the timbre texture.
Solomon’s diverse style is evident in his compositions for Radio & TV Commercial Ads for Chandrika, Mysore Sandal, Deccan Herald, Janardhana Silk Sarees, Apna Sapna, Neutek, Lunars, Abhay Suraksha, Coramandal Cement, Norton, Pennywise US Pizza, Indira Canteen and BBMP Roshini etc.
‘The London Philharmonic Orchestra’ played three of the songs, ornately arranged by Solomon during the visit of the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi ji at the Wembley Stadium.
Shadrach Solomon, an impeccable pianist, invincible keyboardist, indomitable Music arranger-cum-composer-cum Music Director, hopes to achieve much more in the years to come while he enjoys his passion to cook, watch movies, conduct workshops on Music Technology, and live life to the fullest.