Sophia Jean Bass

Sophia Jean Bass

About Me:
Born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, I’m the second youngest in a big family of six girls, and one boy. Through my father and mother, my siblings and I represent the coming together of five nations: The African-American, the Afro-Barbadian, the Indo-Trinidadian, the Indigenous American and the Anglo-American. I’m a composer for film, media and concert music and am currently pursuing a two-year Master’s Degree in Composition for Screen at the Royal College of Music in London. I’m also a student of Hindustani classical music (one of the two classical music traditions of India) and have been studying/playing the North Indian drum, Tabla, under the guidance of my guruji, Pandit Udayaraj Karpur from Bangalore, for the past three years. In 2020, I was awarded a Fulbright-Nehru Research Award to study Hindustani Music in Karnataka, India, and I now spend my summers in India to continue my studies and musical research. I love tea, books, long hours of good conversation, sitting by a window with a lovely view, travelling, good food and good company. I’m a philosopher and nature-lover at heart and when I’m not composing music, producing a recording session or conducting an orchestra or studio ensemble, I’m either reading a book by my favourite philosopher and mystic, Abraham Joshua Heschel, or I’m going for a walk to spend time with myself and my thoughts. A medieval saint, Louise de Marillac, once said, “We must always strive to do things with the greatest possible simplicity.” To live simply and to value the small things in life is how I find Shanti, (Sanskrit शान्तिः ‘peace, inner calm’). This, for me, is the true quality of life.

Interested In:
– Modelling
– Acting