Chris Hawkins, BBC6 MUSIC
"A beautiful, captivating and delicious chanteuse”
Kate Bush, FISH PEOPLE
"Your song is playing in the office here!"
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 find work under Camilla Mathias and Ch'Lu for a while...
Of Romanian/British parentage, Ch'Lu trained as a classical guitarist, singer and actress and has been picking up languages since she learned to speak. Her ethereal harmonies, conscious lyrics and guitar arpeggiation are the foundation to her signature Fairytale-Folk-meets-Evocative-Popera sound which she has composed and performed so far in thirteen languages. A decade ago, song-writing and meditation both gave her not only beautiful ways to heal from the sudden loss of her musician father, but rapidly also showed her she could engage and help others though the sharing of such life-experiences. It has always been clear to her that the stories that form our greatest growth are the stories we have to share.
Ch'Lu describes herself as a polyglot polymath, driven to expand consciousness through creativity and performance. Last year she was streamed in several hundred different cities worldwide and to date she has performed in twenty-two countries. 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 in 2018. 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 career highlights include playing an intimate east-London gig hosted by BBC6 Music’s Chris Hawkins (see highlights), recording with film composer Yann McCullough (Spectre:Bond, Grand Hotel Budapest), contributing guitar to an episode of Channel Four’s Award-winning Unreported World series, and composing and performing her songs 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). Her track Time That is Mine was chosen as theme-tune for the film The Litter Mermaid and as Artistic Echoes Track of the Month, her track Don't is the closing music in TV comedy series Batshit and her Romanian-Language track Sunt Romanca was selected for charity album Mitra Music for Nepal, produced by Annie Hogan (Marc Almond).
Ch'Lu is these last few months has been growing a following on the world's largest meditation app Insight Timer where she has a host of new music spanning from magical mantra soundscapes to quirky ditties. You can also catch her live Campfire sessions there, where she currently connects and uplifts a global 250-strong crowd five times a week. She has also already been listed within the home for UK leading spiritual songwriters: Spirit Songs
Ch'Lu will be releasing a variety of styles of projects worldwide as soon as things are fully in place, and she had found the right team to work with. During the the last year, she has been self-recording an album of original soundtracks based on the Mandukya Upanishads, a sacred set of Sanskrit verses, and a chill-out collaboration with Mercury-nominated producer Darryl Thorne (Jamiroquai)....make sure you are following on social media, Bandsintown, Songkick, the Mailing List - or even better the VIP Club - and you won't miss a thing.
On the theme of meditation and chilling out, Ch'Lu's “admin anthem”, her provocative debut music video for the track Don’t, which she self-produced on a zero budget, has now been in the Official Selection of sixteen International Film Festivals. It has just won the prestigious Honorable Mention Award as Best Music Video and Ch'Lu was Finalist for Best Actress, at the New York International Film Festival. It also won the Best Music Video award at the Sound And Vision International Film & Technology Festival (NYC), Best Experimental Film at the Audioshoot International Music Video & Film Festival (Ireland), Finalist at Portland Comedy Film Festival and Montreal Independent Film Festival, Second Prize in the Best Music Video category at the International 12 Month Film Festival (Romania) in addition to nominations for Best Sound Design and Editing; and was chosen as Music Video of the Month on Swiss TV Channel La Télé.
For Time That is Mine, more of an inwardly nostalgic experience, and Ch'Lu's most downloaded track, she chose to shoot the music video simply on an iPhone, as a creative experiment. It has already been selected for inclusion in film festivals in the Smartphone category, including winning the Grand Jury Award for Best Song at the New York International Film Festival in May 2021. The song has recently been chosen as the soundtrack to the film The Litter Mermaid (A comedy about humans, a tragedy about plastic), selected as Artistic Echoes track of the month, for the Lift-Off Film Festival in Hollywood and Pinewood and as a feature of the 2020 Lechdale Virtual Music Festival.
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 Let Them Eat Cake 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 triller 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).
Finally, another passion of Ch'Lu's is painting, so look out for her artwork on this site and 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 the has a few sets of lyrics published in the London Society Club Poetry Anthology.