Annette Philip: Women of the World and the Artist of the Year

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Annette Philip (Photo by Meredith Nierman)

BOSTON– Annette Philip holds many titles: Faculty Member at Berklee College of Music, Artistic Director of Berklee India Exchange, Creative Director and Core Vocalist of Women of the World and INDIA New England News Woman of the Year 2016.

Moreover, she is a versatile Indian vocalist, composer/arranger, voice-over artist, pianist, producer and choral specialist, and above all that she thrives on experimenting with the human voice.

On Oct. 26, Ms. Philip will be honored with the Artist of the Year Award at New England Choice Award at Westin Hotel in Waltham, MA. The awards gala will be attended by about 400 community leaders, businessmen, professionals, academics and philanthropists. New England Choice Awards gala is organized by INE MultiMedia in collaboration with INDIA New England News.

To watch a Chai With Manju interview conducted in 2015 with Ms. Philip, please click here or on the picture below:

In 2003, Ms. Philip founded Artistes Unlimited in New Delhi, one of India’s largest and most diverse performing arts collective. Now based in Boston, she is the Founder-Director of Berklee’s immensely popular Indian Ensemble which has garnered over 76 million views, featuring musicians from 49 countries. In 2015, she was appointed as Artistic Director of Berklee India Exchange.

Ms. Philip is also Creative Director and core vocalist of the award-winning international a cappella quartet, Women of the World, who were the 2014 USA National Acapella Champions and 2017 International Acappella Champions. Singing in over 30 languages, their recent CD titled “LIVE” was deemed eligible for Grammy nomination.

Ms. Philip has performed with Grammy winning artists such as A.R. Rahman, Bill Whelan, Terri Lynn Carrington, Angelique Kidjo, Philip Bailey, Buster Williams, Jack DeJohnette, Ranjit Barot, Dr. Ysaye Barnwell, and Lew Soloff, besides prolific musicians – Airto Moreira, Nona Hendryx, and Pandit Anindo Chatterjee, to name a few. She serves as a judge on the popular American TV choral contest, WGBH’s “Sing That Thing!” and has won many awards in India and the United States for her work as a musical impresario and thought leader.

When asked what drives her in an interview in 2016, Ms. Philip told INDIA New England News that she goes where the music is.

“I’m a creator. Whether it is music, food, art, writing… creativity, imagination, infusing ideas from different points of view – this is what drives me. Someone asked me the other day, where I’m based. And without thinking about it, my immediate response was, “I go where the music is.” My goal is to keep learning, keep evolving, and to use music to share global ideas and perspectives, while supporting and nurturing the ‘voices’ of tomorrow,” she said. “I divide my time between being an active performing/recording/touring musician, and being an educator.”

New England Choice Awards gala is organized by INE MultiMedia in collaboration with INDIA New England News, and is supported by a number of businesses: Platinum Sponsor: Harvard Pilgrim Health Care; Gold Sponsor: Masala Art; Silver Sponsor: BMW of Sudbury and Lahey Health. Supporting sponsors are: Alankar Event Planners & Decorators, Boston Sound and Light Co. and Art of Memories. Community sponsors are: Ameriprise/Mahadev Group; Shah, Dixit & Associates PC, Academy of Creative Arts, among others.

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