Pritam Roywrote on Dec 11 2011 3:31PM
Shefali Alvares is a passionate vocalist, only 27 years old. She has grown up in the lap of music and her music taste includes; Jazz, R N B, Rock, Retro, Pop, Semi Classical Opera, Funk, Lounge, Experimental Fusion and Hip-hop. She pursued vocal training for over 6 years with the renowned teacher Celia Lobo, also studied Hindustani Classical for over a year and has been performing over the last 8 years at Concerts with her Dad, Mr Joe Alvares and Musical Luminaries like Louis Banks, Karl Peters, Loy Mendonca, etc. She has performed at prestigious Johnnie Walker Club Event, the Royalty of Nepal & the Presidential Entourage of Pres Clinton at The Maurya Sheraton in Delhi and as a special feature at The Regular Thursday Jazz Sessions at Indigo, Velvet Lounge, Zenzi, Seijos, Jazz By the Bay Mumbai & Pune. She has also done various corporate events. She has performed at the Renaissance, Powai, Jazz Nites.
Shefali was the youngest performer at the international Jazz Yatra held in Mumbai and has been featured on kiddie albums with Louis Banks, and more recently on an all girl album with B4U Music and Sony. She has recorded a song for Bharat Dabholkar’s Film “God Only Knows”,
also with Shankar-Loy –Ehsan for a Hindi film, Dil jo Bhi Kahey.
Shefali has done quite a few ad jingles for various Companies like Motorola, Sun fill, Rin - Hindi and English. She is also on the faculty of Garodia International Music School, Ghatkopar and Bandra as the vocals instructor. She is also the lead singer of the All Girl Band: The Real Thing, produced and managed by her Dad. They had performed at the Re-opening of The Bistro, in Hauz Khas, Delhi for Mr Suresh Kalmadi and at the Black and White Whiskey Comedy Nite at Otters Club, Bandra. She has performed in Chennai for The Chennai Cricket Club and at Le Meredien for a Fund Raiser Event.
Also performed at The Esplanade Arts Theatre in Singapore along with her Dad and travelled to Singapore with her father, to perform at a prestigious Awards nite at the Ritz Carlton for the Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce with Jazz Luminaries from the USA with the PM as chief guest.
She has played with a huge array of musicians. The list starts with her father Joe Alvares ,
Louis Banks, Karl Peters, Loy Mendonca, Sheldon Dsilva, Gino Banks, Lindsay Dmello, Sanjay Joseph, Sanjay Divecha, Kurt Peters, Adrian D'Souza, Tala Faral (Madagascar),
Tyris Washington (USA), Michael Stanton (USA), Jarvis Menezes, Warren Mendonca, Mike (New Zealand), JD, Titu, Harmeet Manseta, Sonia Saigal.
She also has her own band, Distil Soul, featuring Shefali Alvares on Vocals, Lindsay Dmello - Drums, Jarvis Menezes - Keys, Mahesh Tinaikar - Guitar, Floyd Fernandez - Guitar and Kenneth Rebello - Bass. Her repertoire includes Blues Jazz Funk and her own compositions.
She has been a playback singer for many recent Hindi movies like Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji (2011), Kucch Luv Jaisaa (2011), Always Kabhi Kabhi (2011), Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge (2011) and Desi Boyz (2011).