Slideshow: Groundbreaking Fusion Band Indian Ocean Visits Berklee
The band Indian Ocean, known for fusing Indian folk music and Western rock, stopped by Berklee recently to collaborate with the Berklee Indian Ensemble.
The band is currently on tour for the Association for India’s Development (AID) and had just a few days between shows in New Jersey and Connecticut. Band members were keen to collaborate with the Berklee Indian Ensemble and managed to make the trip to Boston for two days, September 27 and 28, in which time the ensemble rearranged and recorded one of Indian Ocean's songs, "Jhini." The first day of the trip was spent rehearsing with the ensemble at Berklee; the next day, the musicians recorded "Jhini" at the Record Company in Somerville, Massachusetts.
Indian Ocean tabla player and percussionist Tuheen Chakravorty said that, initially, he didn't know what to expect from the ensemble, except for the videos he had seen of it, but that the collaboration was rewarding. "It was one of the best experiences for me, both as a human being and a musician. To see ideas, people, and different cultures float so freely and combine to make something so pure was wonderful. I hope we are back soon for an extended session," he said.