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Nicknames Gingger
Ginger
Height 5' 6½" (1.69 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Gingger is an Indian America composer, violinist and singer.

In 2007, Gingger was one of only six film composers selected from around the world to attend the prestigious Music Composer's fellowship at the Sundance Film Institute.

She has scored films such as Sundance award winning documentary 'Recycle', IDFA documentary 'This is My Picture When I Was Dead', 2011 Sundance feature film' Circumstance' and many others.

In 2008, Gingger was selected for the BMI conducting fellowship under Lucas Richman. Some of her film works were recently performed live at the opening night of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

Her haunting, angelic vocals and prolific composition and instrumental talents entwine to create a musical experience unlike any other. The artist and co-composer behind the poignant score of Mel Gibson's 2004 box office hit The Passion Of The Christ, Gingger has lent her voice and vision to several diverse projects ranging from soundtracks to soulful pop and electronic hip-hop.

She 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.

Gingger has collaborated with such uniquely talented and varied artists as L. Shankar, Zakir Hussain, Phil Collins, Steve Vai, Peter Gabriel, Steve Lukather, Cheap Trick, Smashing Pumpkins, Trent Reznor and Tony Levin, to name just a few.

Her music can also be heard in Mike Nichol's film, "Charlie Wilson's War" starring Tom Hanks, where she had a chance to collaborate with film composer James Newton Howard.

In the fall of 2008/2009, Gingger appeared as a special guest with the Smashing Pumpkins on their 20th Anniversary tour. During that time, Gingger debuted at Carnegie Hall as a soprano in the opera 'Ainadamar'.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: ginggershankar.com

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.

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.

She debuted with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as a soprano in Osvaldo Golijov's opera "Ainadamar" and later performed it at Carnegie Hall. The multi-talented powerhouse transitioned from opera to rock, Gingger then toured with the Smashing Pumpkins as a special guest on their 20th Anniversary tour.

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. In addition to being the artist and co-composer behind the poignant score of Mel Gibson's blockbuster "Passion of the Christ", Gingger's 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 2012' by Rolling Stone. Her film 'Monsoon Shootout' premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

She guested on the new Katy Perry album 'Prism'. She debuted her multi-media project 'Nari' at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2015 and the Sundance Film Festival in 2016. She has also been touring her upcoming electro-pop record 'Beautiful Imperfections' which features co-writes by Linda Perry (Christina Aguilera). She is working on a new film called 'Heartbeats' directed by Duane Adler with Jay-Z and Roc Nation.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Brittany Natale

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