Anirbaan (Baan) Ghosh is an arts practitioner based out of Delhi, India. As one of the founding members of ArtTree Academy of Music & Performing Arts, his contribution in steering the company’s direction has been invaluable. An incredibly versatile musician, his array of riffs and knack of coming up with distinctly original compositions is uncanny. He finds inspiration from masters like Karl Peters, Eddie Van Halen, Scott Henderson, Robert Cray, John Patitucci, Gary Willis, Marcus Miller, Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Richard Bona, Paco Sery and Dave Weckl. He is currently learning under the aegis of legendary bass players – Gary Willis (Barcelona, Spain) and Karl Peters (Mumbai, India)
Baan has worked in varied industries such as Media, IT & Music which has helped him develop a sound understanding of the corporate culture. Having done an Executive Programme in sales and marketing from IIM Lucknow, his foray as an entrepreneur began with Art Tree Academy of Music & Performing Arts, India, which earned him a nomination for British Council’s Young Creative Entrepreneur Award 2010. Recently, he also received the ARThink South Asia Fellowship 2015-16, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded ‘Vihara Innovation Lab’ fellowship in Leadership & Innovation and a full merit bass scholarship to study at the prestigious Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music – He declined the third, dropped out of the second and is pursuing the first as he is in the process of creating his own arts enterprise – The Arts Innovation Lab, that will work towards creating an ecosystem of collaborative projects between artists and also support arts practitioners working in the field. Having worked with companies like Zee, Music Today, HCL Technologies, he has had his share of corporate experience. An avid adventure lover at heart and a musician by choice, Baan found the corporate hulla-bulla too far removed from his passion and hence decided to follow his heart, which was in music. His love for adventure took him to remote places like Ladakh, Lahaul & Spiti, Jaisalmer, Arunachal Pradesh, Bhutan, etc., which he covered on his 1981′ Royal Enfield, which still lies in his garage, waiting to be refueled for the next ride!
As a musician, Baan has played with bands like Oritus, Them Clones, Maskitoes, Samarpan, MaP, Avi & the Uprising, Outro and Shwaas, through which he has gathered the much needed live-playing experience. He is also a member of “Soul Samvad” sixtet, and heavy metal band “Prestorika” whose claim to fame was opening for The Rasmus, Megadeth, Machine Head, Wes Borland that earned them a tour of the USA and Canada. Recently, he performed at the MTV Coke Studio – Season 2 with Dhruv Sangari – Vocals, Saibal Basu – Guitars, Abhinav Dhar – Drums, Arshad Khan – Israj, Amjad Khan – Tabla, Shiraz Khan – Mandolin and Anil Chawla – Keyboard. He also went on a tour of Africa (twice – organised by ICCR – the Indian Council for Cultural Relations – in 2012 with fusion band Shwaas (featuring Rajesh & Ritesh Prasanna on Flute and Sonam Kalra on Vocals) and in 2014 with fusion ensemble – Soul Samvaad featuring Murad Ali Khan on Sarangi, Fateh Ali Khan on Sitar and kathak exponent Mahua Shankar) has also served as a jury member for various schools/colleges/global organizations judging their festivals, music/drama competitions (he was one of the judges for the prestigious annual inter-school drama festival organised by the British Council in 2012)
He has won numerous awards as a Guitarist/Bassist during his college time at various music/band competitions in India (IIT Delhi, Kanpur, Mumbai, BITS Pilani, Delhi University, etc.), one of them being the Jack Daniels Rock Award 2006 for the best EP of his band – Oritus. He has also performed extensively in colleges/festivals all around the globe with various bands/artists. His band Oritus’ track – Many a Mile was featured on SaReGaMa’s underground album – “The Underground”, which was sold globally both physically and digitally through major stores. The song was also featured on CNN IBN & NDTV apart from various radio channels. He has also been featured on numerous albums/documentaries/ad jingles as a musician/music-director.
He is/has also served as the founding partner/advisor on the board of Purple Palette (Creative agency), Vedanta Educare (Education consultancy) and Dvandva Collective (a collaborative artist collective based out of Delhi).
Baan has performed live and also features on various recordings with world renowned artists/musicians –
- Bernie Marsden (Ex Guitarist – Whitesnake, UK)
- Orosz Zoltan (Virtuoso Accordian player, Hungary)
- Rabbi Shergill (Sufi/Punjabi Folk Vocalist, India)
- Joshua Grant (Jazz/Funk Drummer, India)
- Murad Ali Khan (Sarangi, India), Fateh Ali Khan (Sitar, India) – “Soul Samvaad”
- Sushmit Sen (Founder and Guitar Player, ‘Indian Ocean’, India) – “Sushmit Sen Chronicles”
- Gianni Denitto (Jazz Saxophonist, Italy)
- Saibal Basu (ex guitar player – ‘Orange Street’, India) – “Grey Area”
- Abhinav Dhar (ex drummer – ‘Whimsy Logic’ and partner, advertising firm ‘Dhar & Hoon’, India) – “Grey Area”
- Gyan Singh (Tabla/Percussion Maestro, India) – “Susmit Sen Chronicles” &”Samarpan”
- Suchet Malhotra ( Percussionist / Drummer – “HFT”)
- Harpreet Singh (Punjabi Folk Singer/Songwriter) – Harpreet Quartet
- Avi and the Uprising (Folk/Rock band headed by Singer/Songwriter – Avijeet Mishra)
- Dhruv Sangari (Sufi Vocalist)
- Jazz Trio (Featuring Abhay Sharma on Saxophone and Nikhil Vasudevan on Drums) – “FreeKey Jazz Trio”
- Derek Beckvold (Jazz saxophonist and teacher, Boston)
- Sonam Kalra (Sufi / Jazz vocalist, India)
to name a few. Apart from this, most recently, he recorded a song – Bongingon with world famous accordion player – Orosz Zoltan. He also played live and recorded bass on a track composed by Bernie Marsden that Bernie recorded at Studio Beat Route. This was followed by a tour of Blue Frog (Delhi & Mumbai) in Jan’13 featuring a collaboration between Bernie & Susmit Sen Chronicles. He also played with Susmit Sen Chronicles at the Ted Talk India Chapter (Dec’12). In 2013, he was invited by Blue Frog, Delhi to perform at the International Jazz Day Celebrations.