A. R. Rahman, “Jiya Jale” (Dil Se): Berklee Indian Ensemble (Cover)

“Jiya Jale” (Dil Se) is a tribute to A. R. Rahman by the Berklee Indian Ensemble in gratitude for his immense contribution to our lives through his inspiring music and journey.

A. R. Rahman is an Indian composer, singer-songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and philanthropist. In 2009, Time Magazine placed Rahman in its list of World’s Most Influential People. In a notable career spanning two decades, he has garnered particular acclaim for redefining contemporary Indian film music, and putting Indian music on the global map, in a way that no other Indian composer/performer has achieved.

On October 24, 2014, Berklee College of Music will confer A. R. Rahman with an honorary doctor of music degree. Berklee Faculty and students from the Berklee Indian Ensemble will pay tribute to the living legend, who will join them on select pieces in a concert celebrating his music and life at Boston’s Symphony Hall.

Mr. Rahman’s visit is a signature event under Berklee India Exchange, a new initiative co-founded by two Indian Berklee alums, Annette Philip (artistic director), and Clint Valladares (artist relations and strategy), as a platform for cultural conversation, through the composition, collaboration, and performance of original Indian music. Proceeds from the concert will go towards a scholarship fund in Mr. Rahman’s name for students from India to attend Berklee.

This is a huge milestone for the Berklee Indian Ensemble, one of largest and most diverse ensembles at the college, with members representing 37 countries, and counting. Founded in 2011 by faculty member, Annette Philip, the ensemble performs an expansive repertoire of Indian classical, semi-classical, folk, Sufi, and contemporary Indo-jazz music, with the ultimate goal of presenting concerts entirely consisting of original student compositions. Every year, there is at least one composition by A. R. Rahman featured in their repertoire.

Berklee Indian Ensemble
“Jiya Jale” (A. R. Rahman)
From the film Dil Se

Arrangement: Inna Dudukina
Vocal arrangement, Producer: Annette Philip
Instrumental interlude: Berklee Indian Ensemble

Soloists
Ishita Sinha: voice, Patna, India
Harshitha Krishnan, voice, Chennai, India
Nalini Krishnan, voice, Seattle, Washington
Rohith Santosh Jayaraman, voice, morsing (jaw harp), San Jose, CA

Instrumental Soloists
Yazhi Guo: dizi, Hong Kong, China
Sashank Navaladi: sarod, New Delhi, India
Harini Srinivasa Raghavan: violin, Chennai, India
Layth Al Rubaye: violin, Amman, Jordan
Patrick Simard: drums, Ottowa, Canada

Indian Ensemble Choir
Sanjeeta Bhattacharya, New Delhi, India
Dhruv Goel, Lucknow, India
Vasundhara Gupta, Kolkata, India
Rohith Santosh Jayaraman, San Jose, CA
Harshitha Krishnan, Chennai, India
Nalini Krishnan, Seattle, Washington
Armeen Musa, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Kanika Patawari, Antwerp, Belgium
Annette Philip, Kerala, India
Purvaa Sampath, Bangalore, India
Ishita Sinha: Patna, India
Harini Srinivasa Raghavan, Chennai, India
Aseem Suri, New Delhi, India
Adriel Tjokrosaputro, Surakarta, Indonesia
Sanchitha Wickremesooriya, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Strings
Layth Al Rubaye: violin, Amman, Jordan
Harini Srinivasa Raghavan: violin, Chennai, India
Daniel Urbanowicz: viola, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Naseem Al Atrash: cello, Beit Sahour, Palestine
Victor Manuel Gonzalez Quezada: double bass, Rancagua, Chile

Rhythm Section
Annette Philip: piano, Kerala, India
Aleif Hamdan: electric guitar, Jakarta, Indonesia
Shubh Saran: electric and acoustic guitar, New Delhi, India
Achal Murthy: bass, Strassen, Luxembourg
Ullas Rao: mridangam, Westwood, MA
Kaushlesh Purohit: tabla, percussion, Jodhpur, India
Ranajoy Das: cajon, New Delhi, India
Joe A Galeota Jr.: percussion, Arlington, MA
Patrick Simard: drums, Ottowa, Canada

Recorded live at The Record Company
Simon Katz: recording engineer, mixing engineer
Chris Geller: assistant engineer
Pietro Milanesi: second engineer

Teo Karakolev: videographer, editor
Kevin Greene: videographer
Sam Harchik: videographer

Mastered by M Works Studios
Jonathan Wyner: engineer

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