Sumitra is a Los Angeles-based pianist, composer, and vocalist with a lot of stories to tell. Born in New York to parents from India, she grew up in the United Kingdom and Vienna, where she recorded her first album in the mid-’90s. The circuitous path of her music and personal life eventually brought her to Los Angeles, and in 2016 she released the little-heard Still, an album focusing on her original songs.
Her fourth album, Bittersweet, has all the markings of a major breakthrough, bringing together a superlative cast and her consistently engaging, often enchanting body of songs. With the incomparable drummer Brian Blade, Cuban bass maestro Carlitos del Puerto, and Austrian guitarist (and album producer) Alex Machacek accompanying, Sumitra delivers a revelatory program in the mode of a confessional singer-songwriter, addressing the eternal themes of death, love, heartache and spiritual renewal.