About Sundri :
The deep encounter of singing, writing and dancing
She writes all the lyrics of Sundri Feeling, composes with talented musicians, and takes us to a higher ground with her dance. Her multicultural background is a major reason for her to share universal values.
Her voice has a soft airflow that naturally comes out with the singing, due to the physiology of her vocal cords. Throughout the years, she has learnt how to use and control this special feature.
Her 1st official piano-jazz duet dates back to 1995 in France but Reunion Island is where her vocal expression started to blossom, touring with the creole author and composer Jim Fortuné (2001).
Singing is a long-term endeavour and Sundri is passionate about discovering the beauty and infinite possibilities of her instrument. Her first teachers were the records of female jazz vocalists and she spent hours exploring ways to reproduce the magic sounds and vibes she could hear.
Later on, she carefully choose her teachers for their specialties : Davy Sicard’s sensitivity, Laurence Beaumarchais’ jazz creativity, Alida Jeu’s audio-psycho-phonology expertise and Nathalie Cadet’s classical strength.
To offer her voice, she also surrounds herself with musicians who can stimulate her continuous progress, renowned one such as Mishko M'Ba, Sylvin Marc, Thüryn Mitchell, Mongi Yahi, Steve Sautron, David Felix or Jacky Boyer.
Writing has been her secret garden since childhood. For the purpose of poetry or singing, she loves to play with images and the musicality of words in French, English, Creole, Spanish and Italian. Rhymes, metaphors and poetic structures are an important part of French songwriting and Cendrine strives to keep this beautiful tradition alive, whatever the language. Making complex writing techniques sound light and easy listening, with a touch of transcendence, that’s what fulfils her. Words are chosen to be uplifting for the soul. She is often inspired by her family, a living image of united colours and cultures, from Vietnam to the West Indies , Europe to Africa and India. Not to mention her Franco-English schooling from the age of 3 to 17.
Dancing is part of the performance. It’s in her soul, from afro-fusion to salsa, including jazz and contemporary. Her free practice of dance since childhood allowed her to catch up with professional colleagues, despite her late discovery of dance studios at the age of 20. Debbie Reynolds studios (Los Angeles, California) changed her life and being the Artistic Director at Koregrafic dance school has been an other love story until 2021 COVID.
Q&A to Sundri
Questions to Sundri ?
Who is Sundri ? I am Sensibility and Soul; consider myself as the Unification of stories from the four corners of the Earth.
Living in Reunion Island is a powerful invitation to align your Self with the forces of creation. I'm singing for world poetry and harmony.
What is your audience ? In French, English and Creole, Sundri Feeling has conquered the heart of an audience in love with this subtle blend of jazz harmonies, pop, maloya, ballads, rock, samba, soul, positive poetry, dance, sensuality and more.
Whats' New ? A brand new chapter of my music life is about to unfold. I feel like my 3rd album will the one ;) To be released end of 2021 and produced by Mishko M'Ba.
What about Sylvin Marc ? “Dancing souls” released in 2018 was directed & featuring international bass player Sylvin Marc (Nina Simone, Chris Rea, Michel Jonasz).
Who's on stage ? We're usually a Quartet on stage. The incredible bass sound of Misho M’Ba (Ray Charles, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Paco Sery), piano inspiration of Jérôme Vaccari (director of Jazz Club Réunion) and the eclectic Frank Paco (Angelique Kidjo, Bono, Queen) are supporting in giving the best of my vocal nuances.
Who writes & composes ? "Sundri" writes all lyrics ! Then I composes together talented musicians : Mishko M'Ba (since 2019) and Richard Layan before that.
Where did you sing ? Reunion audience Theaters are welcoming Sundri Feeling, after our 2019 tours took us to South Africa, Gran Canarias and Mozambique.
Seoul Music Week 2017 showcase was the opportunity for a 1st Asian tour, followed by a 2nd one in 2018.
Since 2016, Sundri Feeling has convinced major theatres in Reunion : Cité des Arts for 3 musical residencies and concerts, Lespas Leconte de Lisle, Total Jazz Festival, Cité des Arts and Mauritius Island.
1st album «Accords» was nominated in 2015 by the IAMA (USA) and Indian Ocean Voices, thus giving Sundri Feeling a regular presence in the media and jazz scene.
Reunion Island and international stage references ?
Stella Matutina - Nov 2020 and July 2021 New Album release
Cité du Volcan - Feb 2021
Stella Matutina - Nov 2020
Seychelles International Jazz Day Festival - Apr 2020 (COVID cancelled)
Mozambique tour - Dec 2019
Auditorio Alfredo Kraus in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria - Oct 2019
Imbizo Music Market and Durban tour- August 2019
Mairie de St Paul - May 2019
Cité des Arts - Nov 2018
Lespas Leconte de Lisle - Sept 2018
South Korean Tour - May 2018
Seoul Music Week - May 2017
Jazz in Daegu Festival, South Korea - May 2017
Hotel Tamarin, Mauritius Island - august 2016
Sakifo Festival OFF - May 2016
Cité des Arts - April 2016
Total Jazz Festival - April 2016
Holy Grail Guitar Show (Berlin, Gemany) - Nov. 2015
Total Jazz Festival - April 2014
Jazz Ô Barachois - Oct 2013
Jazz dans la Place - July 2013
Present with a stand at WOMEX in 2017, 2018, JazzAhead 2017, as well as IOMMA, Sundri Feeling is ready for the World.
2014 Album: "Accords" was Self-produced and financed via a successful crowd funding,
Recorded at Studio Makatia (Reunion Island) and mastered by Reuben Cohen at
Lurssen Mastering (Los Angeles, California)
VOI 2015 nominee (Indian Ocean Voices)
IAMA 2015 top10: "Musicien Lumière", nominated in the best Group/Duo category!
(International Acoustic Music Awards)
Artistic Influences ?
Female jazz and world music vocalists taught my so much, since I love to concentrate on their voices and search how to reproduce those vibes from Esperanza Spalding, Joni Mitchell, Sade, Neneh Cherry, Rachelle Ferrell, Ella Fitzgerald, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Billie Holiday, Marilyn Monroe, Judy Niemack, Madonna, Sheila Chandra and so many others.
Some men also caught my attention, such as Sting, Prince, Mickael Jackson, the Beatles,
Simon & Garfunkel and Alain Souchon the Frenchie !
Each musician I've worked with, has a special talent inspiring me in my continuous progress.
Mishko M'Ba, the bass phenomenon
Frank Paco, amazing and eclectic South African vibe
Jerôme Vaccari, pianist of the 4 continents
Philippe Baraka, the alliance of jazz drums and traditional reunion percussions
Nirina Raseta, graceful dancer
More Talented Musicians
GRATITUDE to the musicians who played with Sundri in the past :
Richard LAYAN (Guitars, Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Composition & Arrangements of the 1st and 2nd album)
Thüryn MITCHELL, Dera RAKOTOMAVO, Guillaume LANDRE, Matthieu BRILLANT (Piano, Keyboards)
Sylvin MARC (Bass)
David FELIX, Stéphane GUEZILLE (Double Bass)
Patrick DONAT, Ludo PEREZ , MoAdib Garti (Drums)
Jean-Pierre LIGNON (Percussions)
Philippe Baraka, Marcus JARVIS, Dimitri DOMAGALA (drums)
Alain LOIZEAU (Sitar)