B i o g r a p h y
Steven Chelliah’s musical journey started at the age of 6, coming from a lineage of Indian Carnatic music composers. Although a third generation Malaysian, his family roots trace back to Tanjore, India – the birthplace of Indian Carnatic Music.
Steven Chelliah holds two Bachelors Degrees from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Jazz Composition and Contemporary Writing & Production. It was his ambition to become a music theorist as a young teenager when he first discovered the works of Joseph Schillinger (author of The Schillinger System of Musical Composition) and George Russell (author of The Lydian Chromatic Concept). Both deeply influenced his musical imagination. Steven has also studied under the tutelage of Mike Stern ,Ken Pullig, Ted Pease, and Maria Schneider..to name a few.
He began his research and journey of developing the FuzAsian Method at the age of 16 – a process that became the forefront of his musical identity and journey from then, through to his Berklee years in Boston and leading up to his current musical endeavors in New York City where he has been a full-time performing musician and educator for the past decade.
Steven Chelliah is a published author at Heights Music International, that boasts an artist roster of Jazz legends such as Ron Carter,
Jack DeJohnette, Ahmad Jamal, Fred Hirsch, among many others.
Steven Chelliah continues to build upon his strong musical foundations, expressing his improvisational and technical prowess as a fiery and virtuosic guitarist, crafting imaginative sonic landscapes as a composer/orchestrator, and as a singer-songwriter, through which he expresses his deep love for vocal and mainstream music. These gifts paired with a keen ear for and a consummate knowledge of production skills and techniques make this man a triple threat.