Alphons Joseph

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Alphons Joseph
Born (1973-07-08) 8 July 1973 (age 43)
Origin Thrissur, Kerala
Genres Film score
Occupation(s) Composer, music director, singer, instrumentalist, voice trainer
Instruments Guitar
Years active 2001–present
Website Official Website

Alphons Joseph is a music director and playback singer in the Malayalam film industry who got a break as a film music composer after composing for the film Vellithira. Alphons is also noted for singing the famous song "Aaromale" from the film Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa, which was composed by A. R. Rahman.

Personal life and early career[edit]

Alphons was born in Kaachery near Nadathara, Thrissur, Kerala, India to a musically affluent Christian family. His mother was Thankamma and father was Koladi Joseph, a tablist and a singer but by profession, a KSEB sub-engineer. Alphons was the second among their 7 children. His elder brother, Joemon was a pianist and had composed music for two Malayalam films. His younger brother Paulson was a well known exponent of Sitar and had got first rank in M.A. Hindustani from Dharwad university. He was introduced to music by his father's younger brother K. K. Paul, who was a well known violinist. Alphons considers Philip, another talented musician from Thrissur, as his mentor and guru. He was the one who diverted Alphons to Western Classical Music and ghazals.

Alphons had professional training in Carnatic music from Shri. Mangad K. Nadesan (A. I. R) and got 7th grade in classical guitar from London Trinity College of Music and 7th Grade in Western Music Theory. He took up music as a profession after he received the Kala Prathibha award by Calicut University for the years 1990 and 1992.

He is the lead guitarist, vocalist and one among the founders of Rexband, a gospel music band with a few albums to their credit. This band experimented a lot in gospel music by blending Western music with Hindustani and Carnatic. They had listeners all over the world and was the only Asian band which got a chance to participate in World Youth Day. From 2000 onwards, he started working as a composer and a sound engineer in Asia-net Radio 657AM, a radio station in Dubai. He worked there even after the release of his first film soundtrack and composed many jingles and title songs as part of his work. Apart from his master's degree in computer application from IGNOU, he completed his M.A. in Music from Calicut university. He was a permanent judge in the Reality Show Amrita TV Superstar 2. He was a part of A. R. Rahman's JaiHo Concert – The Journey Home.

Career[edit]

As a music director[edit]

Alphons was introduced to director Bhadran, who was looking for a new music director for his movie Vellithira, by Leo Thadevus, a friend of Alphons, who himself later on became a film director. The audio release function of Vellithira was held with several film personalities participating in the grand function including composer A. R. Rahman who appreciated Alphons for the good orchestration of the songs. The songs especially "Hridayasakhi" and "Nee Manimukiladakal" won him immediate attention. "Kera Nirakal" from Alphons' next film Jalotsavam was a super hit and won him critical accolades. The next superhit from Alphons came with Amal Neerad directed movie Big B in which the songs "Vida Parayukayano" sung by Shreya Ghoshal and "Muthu Mazhai" got high acclaims.

As a playback singer[edit]

Alphons had sung some songs by his Rexband and some film songs which had music set by him. But in 2010, Alphons got a big break as a singer for singing "Aaromale", a song composed by Academy Award winner A. R. Rahman in the acclaimed soundtrack for the Tamil film Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa. The film as well as the song became a huge success in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and overseas and the composer called his rendition "soulful". Alphons is now a part of the Jai Ho Concert- The Journey Home World Tour by A.R.Rahman. Recently he sang a beautiful song "Nee Yeppa pulla Solla ppora" for the movie "Kumki" music by D Imman. Another song called "Engo Oodugindrai" from the movie "Pizza", music by Santhosh Narayanan. Next one was "Yarukkum Thozhanillei" from the movie "Thanka meengal", music by Yuvan Shankar Raja. He has sung the Malayalam portion of the song "Chellena oru mazhai thuli from the movie "Raja Rani" and he himself wrote the malayalam lyrics for that song and music was composed by G V Prakash. He continues to sing in Tamil film industry for many other music directors. His recent malayalam rendition in Bijibal's music direction for the movie Rajamma@Yahoo got special appreciation and the song titled as "Mananivalude" was a khavali song.

Discography[edit]

List of film scores and soundtracks composed
Year Film Score Songs Notes
2003 Vellithira Yes Yes
2004 Manjupoloru Penkutti Yes Yes
Jalolsavam Yes
2005 Iruvattam Manavatti Yes
Makalkku Yes
2007 Athishayan Yes Yes
Big B Yes
Black Cat Yes Yes One song only
2008 Pachamarathanalil Yes Yes
Aayudham Yes One song only
2010 Aathmakatha Yes
Cocktail Yes Two songs only
Elektra Yes Yes
2011 Payyans Yes
Seniors Yes One song only
Uppukandam Brothers Back in Action Yes
2012 Asuravithu Yes
Casanovva Yes Two songs only
Cinema Company Yes Yes
2013 Oidu Onthala Oidu (Telugu Film) Yes
Pranayakadha Yes Yes Two songs only
2014 Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam Yes
2015 Akkaldamayile Pennu Yes Yes

Playback singing[edit]

Year Song Film Composer
2003 "Velichathin Vellithooval" Vellithira Himself
2005 "Kanneeril Pidayum" Iruvattam Manavatti
2007 "Oru Vakkum" Big B
2010 "Aaromale" Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa A. R. Rahman
Ye Maaya Chesave
"Pontharakame" Aathmakatha Himself
"Vennilavinumivide" Cocktail
"Lets Dance" Elektra
"Ormathan" Thriller Dharan
"Angine Angine" Puthumukhangal Shyam Dharman
2011 "Doore Vazhiyirulukayaayi" Payyans Himself
2012 "Aaromale" Ekk Deewana Tha A. R. Rahman
2012 "Engo Odugindrai" Pizza Santhosh Narayanan
2012 "Nee Yeppo pulla" Kumki D Imman
2013 "Yaarukkum Thozhan Illai" Thanga Meengal Yuvan Shankar Raja
"Chilena oru mazhaithuli" Raja Rani G. V. Prakash Kumar
2013 "Doore" Kaanchi Ronnie Raphael
"Spirit of Amen" Amen Prashant Pillai
2014 "Ekkachakkay" Kappal Natarajan
"Thamizhukku en Ondrei Azhuthavum" TEOA Thaman
"Mayako" Asurakulam Sathya
2015 "Mananivalude" Rajamma@Yahoo BijiBal
"Aazhi Alai Neerum" Vizhithiru Sathyan Mahalingam

Other works[edit]

Awards and recognitions[edit]

  • Alphons was awarded the 2004 Film Critics Award for the song Kera Nirakal from the movie Jalolsavam.
  • 2011 Amrita TV FEFKA Film Awards – Best Music Director award for the songs of the movie "Atmakadha".
  • 2011 Vijay TV Music Awards – Best Debut Singer award for the song Aaromale.
  • 2011 L-Channel Film & TV Awards – Best Music Director award for the songs of "Cocktail".
  • 2011 Pala Communications Yuva Prathibha Awards – For all the achievements in the year 2010.
  • 2011 Radio mirchi music Awards – Best Singer Nomination for VTV Song Aaromale.
  • Malayalam music maestro Raveendran commented about Alphons that he is 'a composer to watch out for'.

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