Anjali Rose, formerly Ananda Luna, is an alt indie music project currently based between Brooklyn, NY and New Jersey. Anjali spent the past year in Spain, toured Europe for two months, then continued to tour back and forth between New York City, Massachusetts, Vermont and Montreal for half a year before settling in New York City. She is finding community through a Brooklyn based music collective known as The Sound Mind Collective, and is starting a new feminist music project with an Algerian Darbuka drummer from the project Darbuka for Her.
Anjali started playing classical piano at the age of 8, but started playing in bands, and writing her own music when she was 20. The first band she played in was an all-women indie rock folk band called Sapphic Prince, followed by a five piece jazz indie fusion group called Ginger Libations and then a short lived, three piece indie fusion band called Maple Babe. While living in Western Massachusetts, Anjali met a touring band from Montreal called Thanya Iyer, and that inspired her to start taking her music on the road. Anjali’s bi-racial heritage and frequent visits to India while growing up influence her sound as it continues to expand and grow its global perspective.
Anjali’s performances usually involve impromptu audience participation to capture the beauty and challenge of spontaneity. Makeshift or recycled hand percussion is passed around as sequences are looped on a microphone so the audience can feel what it means to create a living piece of art in unity. Her most recent performance was in Almería, Spain at a feminist rally and involved yoga and vocal yawning exercises with meditative and looped vocals. Anjali Rose has released two singles, one through Santa Rosa Records under the moniker Ananda Luna and another self-produced cover of the infamous Silent Night. As a therapeutic response to COVID-19, she created a cross continental mixtape available on WordPress. Anjali plans to release two projects in the upcoming couple of years. These projects include an EP with her band, Ginger Libations, recorded at Ghost Hit Recording Studios and an album recorded in Montreal with multi- instrumentalist producer Daniel Gelinas.