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A dash of Gingger makes a spicy Shankar

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Gingger Shankar is a singer, virtuoso violinist, composer, model and songwriter, and was born into one of the world’s most acclaimed and influential musical families. Her accomplishments include working with top producers and film composers including Mel Gibson, The Smashing Pumpkins, Trent Reznor, Mike Nichols, Mike Myers, and James Newton Howard. She has also has lent her voice and violin to several diverse projects ranging from soundtracks to pop and electronic hip­-hop. 

An accomplished artist and performer, Gingger is the only female in the world that has mastered the 10­ string Double Violin, an instrument that covers the entire range of the orchestra’s double bass, cello, viola and violin, and of which there are currently only two in existence. Coupled with her voice, which covers five octaves, the sound is unparalleled, unbridled, and unforgettable. She debuted with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as a soprano. In 2011 she was chosen as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s ‘25 New Faces to Watch’, as well as becoming a member of the Advisory Board for the Sundance Film Festival. Gingger composed music for the critically acclaimed 2011 Sundance U.S. Dramatic Audience Award Winner ‘Circumstance’ directed by Maryam Keshavarz. Her music can be heard in Mike Nichol’s film, “Charlie Wilson’s War”. Her multimedia project 'Himalaya Song' premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was named one of the '10 Best Music Films at Sundance' by Rolling Stone. 

Her family project ‘Nari’ will debut at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival.

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