The list of nominations for the 2023 Grammy Awards was released today, and it’s not that surprising that we have the Berklee Indian Ensemble, Ricky Kej and Anoushka Shankar with some important nods.
Anette Philip, who went to Berklee College of Music in Boston to learn more, eventually founded the Berklee Indian Ensemble in an effort to create an open and inclusive space for musicians from around the world who came with different influences to study and explore. the range of contemporary Indian music. Collaborations with Ustad Zakir Hussain, Shreya Ghoshal and Shankar Mahadevan, among others, not only gave her fame but also credibility.
Now The Ensemble’s debut, ‘Shuruaat’ (meaning Beginning) – which brings together 10 of their most sought-after original collaborations – has found a nomination for the 2023 Grammy Awards. While the album features collaborations with Hussain and Ghoshal, the other songs are compositions created by duo Shadow and Light from Delhi (Pavithra Chari and Anindo Bose), playback singer Vijay Prakash, singer Dhruv Goel and a major piece with Bangladeshi singer-songwriter Armeen Musa and her mother and prominent Nazrul geet Nashid Kamal. He marks this as the first ever nomination for musicians from Bangladesh.
Another name that found itself on the Grammy nomination list is Anoushka Shankar, whose joint project with Metropole Orkest & Jules Buckley with hanging drum expert Manu Delago is also in the running. ‘Between Us’ features the sitarist’s compositions, reinterpreted in a contemporary orchestral space. Anoushka Shankar will launch the album in a three-city tour in India this year. She is also nominated in the Best Global Music Performance category for ‘Udhero na’, a collaboration with Arooj Aftab, Pakistan’s first Grammy winner who won the award last year for her reinterpretation of Mehdi Hassan and Hafeez Hoshiyarpuri’s famous ghazal, ‘Mohabbat karne. wale’.
Last year’s Grammy winner Ricky Kej from Bengaluru is also in the game. Divine Tides (Lahiri Music), The Police drummer Stewart Copeland and Indian musician Ricky Kej’s album, which won the Grammy for Best New Age Album last year, is nominated again this year for Best Immersive Sound Album, where immersive mix engineer Eric Schilling, together with Copeland, Kej and Herbert Waltl being nominated as immersive producers.