Jyoshna fell in love with music at the age of two, when she heart Moonlight Sonata played by a pianist on the boat from England and Australia. From then on, music has been Jyoshna’s passion.
Composing from an early age, she has written and recorded songs ‘as a diary of my life’. Her early years were spent song writing and performing both as a soloist and in the experimental music groups Turiiya (Jayrem label), and From Scratch. Turiiya’s album called ‘Waiting’ including Thread of Gold' receiving four star reviews (Graham Reid).
Her other passion is ethnomusicology and in 2010 Dr. Jyoshna La Trobe completed her PhD in Music at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London on "Marai Kirtan and the Performance of Ecstasy in the Purulia District of West Bengal, India". Jyoshna’s research focuses on the ‘praise music of West Bengal (Rarh), India, as well as Maori and indigenous people’s music. She also has her own Collection of audio visual material housed at the World Music Archives, British Library (C1211).
Jyoshna’s music has taken her to many countries of the world and at each place she has collaborated with local musicians: in India with the Mahato Kiirtan group and the Rarhi Chhau dance musicians; in London with the RAWA group; in Vermont USA with local musicians Tina Tourin and friends, in Brazil with Matrika (Cecilia Valentim, Sergio Leone, and Ramon Soza and friends) and in New Zealand with 'Culture Clash' and RAWA Aotearoa. Her music has featured on TVNZ, Brazilian TV, and NRK Norwegian TV.
An original composer, Jyoshna has authored many original albums including 'Magnificence' (2001) and 'Unity Hours I and II' (2010) as well as ethnographic material such as 'Red Earth Song'. Recently Jyoshna composed music for the New Zealand feature film ‘Stars in Her Eyes’,(Dir. by Athina Tsoulis), completed a new album called 'DharmaCakra', Sanskrit songs for Meditation and one for charity called Avarta Kirtan live. Jyoshna is presently in London, working on new music projects with the group The New Dawn, Sunrise Education Trust and updating her collection of audio visual material on Rarh Music Culture at the British Library World Music Archives.
I invite you to browse through Jyoshna's music and experience some poignant personal moments covering a life time of love and spiritual journeying with all its soaring bliss, gentle plateaus and deep valleys of pain, it adventures into the heart of Rarh, India and to the further corners of the globe.