Our Faculty

Our team of passionate music educators believe in the transformation a good music education can bring about.

Akash Kumar

Piano

Akash Kumar, also known as ‘Clandestine Lab , is a multi-disciplinary instrumentalist, record producer, and educator. A piano performance and composition major from A R Rahman s K M Music Conservatory, his influences include the new wave, avant- garde, and post-modernist harmonic evolution. Akash has performed and produced various albums, singles, educational series, live performances across India. He recently produced the music score for an upcoming series on Netflix India.

Karan Khosla

Guitar

Karan Khosla is the founder and the head guitar faculty at the Goa Jazz Academy. A physicist by training and an educator at heart, he is committed to bringing compassionate music education with an academic rigour, that brings the best out of all his students. With a creative yet disciplined approach to the instrument, Karan develops a rapport with his audience and students that creates a welcoming, friendly, and encouraging environment. It s this dedication to his craft, his audience, and his students that sets Karan above the crowd.

Sidhharth Rajmohan

Guitar
Drums

Siddharth Rajmohan is a Musician/Drummer and educator based in Goa. He completed his diploma in music education from Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music. He has studied under the able mentorship of musicians like Karina Colis (Mexico), Ludwig Afonso (Cuba), Jovol Bell (U.S.A) and Ghatam Karthick (India). A perpetual student of music, he now works as ArchytypeX, an experimental solo project that deals with fusing literary and philosophical ideas with music.

Meera Desai

Voice

Meera is a singer-songwriter currently based in Ahmedabad. Born and raised in New York, she received training in Western Classical, Hindustani Classical, and Jazz throughout her early years and teens. Her soulful debut EP titled, I ve never happier to be lost has been featured on Apple Music s top playlists. She has been touring professionally with her original music set for the past few years to great acclaim. She is also part of the Ahmedabad based, progressive rock band, Heat Sink. Meera aims to share her stories, listen to others stories, and immerse herself in the ocean that music is.

Rachel Koyama

Ukulele

Rachel is a musician and vocalist from Mumbai. She enjoys playing and singing different styles of music and has played with various different jazz set ups in and around Goa. She runs the ukulele program here at the academy and teaches her students the foundations of melody, harmony and rhythm by learning how to play and sing songs on the ukulele!

Smruti Jalpur

Voice

Smruti Jalpur is a vivacious singer-songwriter based in Delhi. Apart from being a polished singer, she s adept at playing the guitar, piano and ukulele. Her music and husky vocals exude simplicity and a certain joie di vivre that stem from her desire to experience the world with newness. She is a passionate educator who derives joy from the process of teaching and learning. Apart from being a solo artist, Smruti is a doting team member in her all-girl band, Platypus.

Anubha Kaul

Voice

Mumbai-based singer, songwriter, composer and arranger, Anubha Kaul comes from a background of diverse musical experiences. From pop to contemporary jazz, she commands a mastery over her well-rounded musicality. Anubha has performed across the country at some of the most notable venues with the likes of Gino Banks, Sanjay Divecha, Karim Ellaboudi, Adrian D Souza, Aron Nyiro, to name a few. She has been featured with Aman Jagwani by platforms such as the BBC Asian Network and Soho Radio for their collaborative experimental jazz album This Place . Anubha is also a commercial session vocalist and has worked with musicians like Clinton Cerejo and Bianca Gomes.

Slava Ipatov

Slava Ipatov is a Saint-Petersburg (Russia) based Saxophonist. He studied at Mussorgsky’s college of music, ESMUC(national school of music of Catalonia in Barcelona). Slava has extensive live playing experience with the Moscow Philharmonic, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and dozens of ensembles all over Russia. He was also the prizewinner of the “Autumn Marathon “Jazz competition. He specialises in traditional Jazz and Latin music. He is currently studying at the Amsterdam Conservatory in The Netherlands.