Kiran Gandhi (SESAC)

Abe Olman Scholarship, 2023

Kiran Gandhi p/k/a Madame Gandhi is an award-winning artist and activist known for her uplifting, percussive electronic music and positive message about gender liberation and personal power—the former drummer for M.I.A and Thievery Corporation, she began producing music in 2015, after her story of running the London Marathon free-bleeding to combat menstrual stigma went viral around the world. She has been listed as one of Forbes 30 Under 30 in Music, and her 2020 TED Talk about conscious music consumption has been viewed over a million times. “Waiting For Me,” shot in Mumbai, India, won the Music Video Jury Award at SXSW Film Festival in 2021, and her 100% Organically Sourced x Sound MANA nature sound pack won the New Wav award at the 2021 Splice Awards. Her third studio album, Vibrations, was released in December 2022 on Sony Masterworks (Hiatus Kayote, Yo-Yo Ma), following the releases of her critically acclaimed albums Voices (2016) and Visions (2019).

Gandhi holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and served as Interscope Records’ first-ever data analyst between 2011-2013. In June of 2022, Gandhi completed her second Masters in Music Science & Technology at Stanford University's CCRMA, where she spent time in Antarctica sampling the sounds of glaciers melting to create empathy and awareness around climate change. Gandhi has performed at global music festivals, including Bottlerock, Lightening in a Bottle, Electric Forest, Pitchfork, SXSW, Envision, Roskilde, and The Great Escape, and has toured opening for Hayley Kiyoko, Ani DiFranco, Perfume Genius, Duckworth, TV on the Radio, Oprah and more. She recently composed the original score for the documentary “Periodical” that premiered at SXSW 2023 about menstrual health, and her song “The Future is Female” was featured as the theme song for the 2022 Hillary Clinton docuseries “Gutsy” on Apple TV+. Gandhi actively collaborates with other female and gender-expansive people in the industry, tapping songwriter/ producers MNDR and Ebonie Smith to collaborate on her most recent album, with Piper Payne as the mastering engineer. Gandhi’s mission is to use music as a medium for a message about positivity, personal expression, freedom, and human thriving.

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