Sangeetha Ekambaram’s interdisciplinary and multicultural background has led her to a rich and varied performance career. Based in Nashville, TN, Sangeetha's recently produced original adaptation of Ravel’s “Shéhérazade”, “Imagining Shéhérazade”, as both dancer and singer in partnership with nonprofits, Elmahaba and Nour Nashville. In collaboration with Iranian musician, Reza Filsoofi, she then premiered the full work at the Frist Art Museum in December 2023 with the new title "Imagining Scheherazade in Exile". Also in December 2023, she performed in the multi-genre composition "A Fabric of Sound", led by composer/musician Daniel Arite at Darkhorse Theater. Her performance was hailed as "...outstanding. Ekambaram’s technique and expressive delivery moved us, shocked us, and warmed us... It ended with her own improvisations over slow harmonic movements from the piano" (Music City Review). Earlier in 2023, she also produced "Peripheral Convergence"- a multigenre collaboration with celebrated local artists-- combining classical art song, contemporary dance, digital art and spoken word. The piece was then selected to premiere in OZ Arts' Brave New Works Lab.
In the Spring of 2024, Sangeetha will premiere a new solo vocal work and choreo-composition "Essensual" in partnership with Becca Hoback's Enactor Productions. Through the Visionary Vocal Collaborative, which she founded earlier this year, she will lead "Resonance" , a multi-genre vocal exploration with instrumental chamber ensemble to premiere in multiple locations throughout the Nashville area.
Also active in the opera scene, Sangeetha most recently performed in the New York Chamber Music Festival in a program of duet scenes from French opera (Thaïs, Manon (cover), and Faust (cover)). She has also sung Chrysothemis in A Look at Elektra (New York Chamber Music Festival) and Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief with Opera Huntsville. Other recent performances include Nashville Opera’s annual Opera on the Mountain as a featured soloist, in the “Evolution of Ingenue” with the Metropolitan Opera Guild, and in the opening gala concert atthe Amadeo Bassi Festival. In concert, she also performed the role of Cinderella in Martin Warren’s The True Story of Cinderella with Opera Huntsville. Other favorite roles include Mimì (La Bohème) (Festival di Ostra), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Antonia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Madame Herz (Der Schauspieldirektor), 1st French Woman in the world premiere of Eleanor and the 1st Calaveras in Frida (The Society for New Music). About Pamina, the CVNC Arts Journal wrote: "Soprano Sangeetha Ekambaram lacked nothing in vocal power or beauty of line in the roleof Pamina. Her voice was beautifully supported across its range and she conveyed the emotional range superbly."
Frequently performing solo and collaborative concerts, the latest season included: “Fuego Flamenco Cante”, a program of Spanish classical music with celebrated San Antonio-based flamenco singer Chayito Champion, “Sure on this Shining Night” with the Visionary Vocal Collaborative, and several chamber music concerts with the Leela Trio. She has collaborated with such artists as Craig Ketter and Anthony Gian diTomasso. She appears on a CD in duets by Heinrich Marschner (Centaur Records), released in January 2021. Sangeetha was recently recognized as one ofthe winners of the Anonymous Audition Project as well as the Latin American and Iberian Art Song Challenge. This past year, she founded the Visionary Vocal Collaborative, a vocal ensemble dedicated to exploring all the ways that “voice matters in empowering individuals and creating connection”. More information can be found at www.visionaryvocal.com.