200 million hits. Musicians from 51 countries. Indian music in all its forms.
What started out as a class at Berklee College of Music in 2011, has become one of the hippest new global acts to emerge from Boston: The Berklee Indian Ensemble. Founded by Indian Berklee alumna and faculty member Annette Philip, the Ensemble provides an open and inclusive creative space for musicians from all over the world to explore, study, interpret, and create music influenced by the rich and varied mosaic that is Indian music today.
With high profile collaborations featuring iconic artists, A.R. Rahman, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Shreya Ghoshal, Shankar Mahadevan, Vijay Prakash, and Clinton Cerejo, the Berklee Indian Ensemble is world renowned for its global Indian sound that honors traditions while boldly experimenting with cross pollination of genres, cultures, and multidisciplinary art forms. From a Carnatic thillana or a high-adrenaline konnakol conversation to Indo-jazz experiments or qawwali, the Ensemble performs an expansive repertoire, in addition to having premiered 20 original student compositions till date.
A viral sensation with over 200 million views, accounting for 51% of Berklee's total YouTube views, the Ensemble was in such high demand globally that a professional touring entity was created that has headlined international music festivals, and consistently staged sold-out productions with LED (Live Experience Design) and cutting edge technology partners (Intel, Google Tilt Brush), providing students with real-world experiences, a close-knit community, and personal mentorship.
The Berklee Indian Ensemble was also the driving force behind the idea of Berklee India Exchange (BIX), an institute at Berklee that serves as a platform, conduit, and incubator for Indian art and culture through concerts, high profile artist residencies, original content, tours, workshops, and scholarships leading to advancement opportunities for Berklee artists around the world. Funded solely by philanthropy, BIX has become home to artists from all over the world; becoming an influencer and thought leader in the ever evolving global music industry.
The Berklee Indian Ensemble was founded in 2011 by Annette Philip as a vocal ensemble at Berklee College of Music.
2014 was the year of the A.R. Rahman tribute concert and honorary doctorate ceremony hosted at Berklee College of Music.
It was also the year the Berklee Indian Ensemble went viral and remains a huge milestone in our history.
First time the future Berklee Indian Ensemble pro band gets together to play outside of the classroom to make music, record, and tour!
The Berklee Indian Ensemble officially decides to go pro, independent of the classroom format, though still as a Berklee ambassador to the world. Grammys, world tours and stadium shows, here we come!