Chris Hawkins, BBC6 MUSIC
"A beautiful, captivating and delicious chanteuse”
New York International Film Awards, May 2021
BEST ACTRESS Finalist
Kate Bush, FISH PEOPLE
"Your song is playing in the office here!"
Eclectic art-pop artist of the Renaissance, Ch’Lu, entices, inspires and transforms with her Zeitgeist fusion of ethereal harmonies and relatable, multi-lingual lyrics, blended with classical guitar arpeggiation, hypnotic beats and binaural field recordings. Both bewitching Ninja and entertaining Chanteuse, her signature Fairy Folktronica meets Cosmic Chanson sound is fuelled by her desire to expand consciousness.
Of Romanian/British parentage, Ch'Lu, (formerly Camilla Mathias), trained as a Classical Guitarist, Singer and Actress (more here), in addition to a solid foundation as a Vedic Mantra Meditation teacher, various Martial Arts and a growing list of languages. She is a polyglot polymath: creating and performing with a Campfire-meets-Kirtan-meets-Club vibe.
Ch'Lu last year was streamed in several hundred different cities worldwide, has to date performed in twenty-three countries and composed and performed in thirteen languages.
Ch'Lu's recent single “The Sound of Waking”, chosen for Tom Robinson’s Freshonthenet Eclectic Picks, is an organica soundscape fusing Sanskrit vocals, classical guitar, binaural field-recordings and an electronic underscore. The Sound of Waking is the first release from her "The Goddess Within" album, funded by Arts Council of England and Help Musicians UK, which will drop on June 9th, in honour of Global Wellness Day. Under her Noroc label, Ch'Lu has self-recorded and produced the sound medicine album, and will celebrate it's launch with a special night at London's Piano Smithfield on June 14th 2023. (Limited tickets here).
Ch’Lu’s latest music video releases are "Sister I'll Be There", originally written during the pandemic as a way for Ch'Lu to feel closer to her sister, and her painfully honest and relatable song about dating apps: "I'm Not The Type To Sit And Swipe".
She has played gigs in many contrasting venues from London’s Notting Hill Arts Club and Coronet to numerous private members clubs including opening the Hurlingham Club’s Time & Leisure Magazine Food & Culture Awards. Outside the UK some of her favourite gigs include: Dublin’s Grand Social, Rockwood Music Hall (NYC), ONO (Bern), Karussell (Zurich), FNAC (Lausanne), Culture Rapide (Paris) and Mutuo Centro De Arte (Barcelona).
Other music career highlights include being hosted by BBC6 Music’s Chris Hawkins (watch highlights here), recording with film composer Yann McCullough (Spectre:Bond, Grand Hotel Budapest), contributing guitar to Channel Four’s Award-winning Unreported World series, and composing and performing her OFFIE nominated music in the recent London stage adaptation of Lorca’s Blood Wedding directed by George Richmond-Scott (Associate Director on hit musical Everyone’s Talking About Jamie). Ch'Lu's self-produced provocative debut music video Don't won The Honourable Mention Award at the recent New York International Film Awards, aired as Switzerland‘s La Télé channel’s Music Video of the Month, won Funniest Music Video at the Portland Comedy Film Awards in addition to numerous other wins and nominations (read more here) and is the closing music in TV comedy series Batshit. Ch'Lu's most-downloaded track Time That is Mine (read more here) was awarded the Grand Jury Prize as Best Song at the recent New York International Film Awards and has been chosen as theme-tune for the film The Litter Mermaid. Finally, her Romanian-Language track Sunt Romanca was selected for charity album Mitra Music for Nepal, produced by Annie Hogan (Marc Almond).
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Ch'Lu’s work as an actress is currently keeping her in comedy, from the central role in new sitcom Baggage (which she co-created with her sister, Lorelei Mathias) to the forthcoming Funny Women Awards Finalist Creative Writing 2.1 from Melon Comedy. Other work has included US FOX TV crime series Jo, opposite Jean Reno, the darkly comic In The Mix ( directed by Denis Lawson), which premiered at the BFI and The Witches at the Wyndham's West End opposite Ruby Wax. She also had the central role written for her in Marco Ghelardi's award-winning Italian-language production of Di Come Savona Ebbe Il Suo Teatro and starred in the recent Spanish/US action/thriller Escape From Marwin. Ch'Lu's voice takes on many guises, from animation series Emmy & Goo Roo, to Sci-Fi audiobooks Manhattan In Reverse to the latest Puro Earth campaign (also see Voice-Over Demo).
Another passion of Ch'Lu's is painting, so look out for her artwork within her music releases, in addition to some weird and wonderful merch and commissions. She also features in new German-language non-fiction Zwei Kartoffeln in Laos, by Tanja Weidner and she has a few sets of lyrics published in the London Society Club Poetry Anthology.
So, Ch'Lu is the new Camilla Mathias. Pronounced ChooLOO, the unique Sanskrit name was conceived by Ch'Lu's Jyotish (The Vedic Study of Timing) mentor, to power and support her creative and performance work moving forward. The transition is in it's early stages, hence you will still find earlier work under Camilla Mathias.