Composer & cellist Barry Phillips has been performing folk, new, classical and Indian classical/crossover music for many years. He received a Masters of Music degree in composition from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, studying with Elinor Armer, and from 1996 to 2011 was a student and composition assistant with Ravi Shankar.
As a cellist, Barry has toured worldwide with Ravi Shankar's daughter's group - The Anoushka Shankar Project. Venues have included the Hollywood Bowl, The Royal Albert Hall-London, The Music Academy-Budapest, Sydney Opera House, Bangalore Palace Grounds, London's LSO St. Lukes, CRR Concert Hall-Istanbul, as well as the Royal Concert Hall-Glasgow as soloist (along with four top fiddlers) with the Scottish National Orchestra.
Barry has arranged quite a lot of Northern European folk music including many on the Gourd Music label, exploring American, Celtic folk tunes and the fine line that they walk between baroque and folk styles. He arranged and played cello on Martin Simpson's CD "Bramble Brier" which was BBC Radio 2 Album of the Year for 2002. Barry's CD, "Tråd." is a collection of Scandinavian tunes arranged for cello, nyckelharpa (Olov Johansson) and fiddle. Many of Barry's recordings can be heard in various Ken Burns documentaries.
Starting in 1996 Barry assisted Ravi Shankar in his western crossover compositions, including music for Mstislav Rostropovich, Joshua Bell, and the “Concert for George”, a George Harrison celebration at the Albert Hall, where he also performed on cello for both the Indian orchestra and the rock/pop sets.
In 2012 Barry received a Grammy as producer/engineer of Ravi Shankar's CD The Living Room Sessions Part 1.