Sharmila G. Lash

Sharmila G. Lash has appeared as a performer and educator in both jazz and classical settings, and both as a soloist and ensemble member. She is a current member of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and works as a session singer. She has also sung with San Francisco-based new music ensemble Volti and LA-based vocal jazz quartet True North.

Teaching steadily since 2004, Sharmila has taught a wide range of students in a wide range of styles. Her underlying goal in her approach to singing is to help guide students to find their own voice, using techniques that teach them to sing healthily while allowing them to express their own musicality.

Sharmila began her music studies at a very young age, starting piano lessons at age six and singing lessons at age eleven. She was a music student at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and continued on to study classical voice at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she discovered her passion for jazz. After college, she was accepted into the “Jazz in July” program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and worked with the legendary jazz singer Sheila Jordan. Since then, she has been a featured performer at a number of jazz festivals in Southern California (including the Inaugural Filipino-American Jazz Festival and the Inaugural Asian-American Jazz Festival, both held in Los Angeles).

Sharmila has extensive experience singing in many languages, including Latin, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Bengali, and Swedish, among many others. In 2008, she released her debut solo jazz album If Music Be the Food of Love, featuring guitarist Larry Koonse and bassist Kevin Axt. Although she does enjoy singing “the standards,” the album showcases her affinity for exploring songs that stray from the usual jazz repertoire, like the title track by Baroque composer Henry Purcell, a song by the alternative rock band The Cure, and a Bengali folk song.

As a studio singer, Sharmila has sung for several film soundtracks, including AvatarEat Pray LoveThe Hangover IIIGodzilla, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, as well as a solo for Gangster Squad. Sharmila is a member of AGMA, SAG-AFTRA, and ASCAP.