Neel Agrawal is a multi-percussionist incorporating various styles of world percussion into his own unique musical voice. Neel performs in a wide range of musical contexts, including fusion, Indian and Western classical, rock, jazz, electronic, hip hop, film scores, and theater. Neel currently performs with groups such as Yes Machine, Arohi Ensemble, and Ethnotronika. He recently completed a fellowship at the Harvard Library Innovation Lab for his groundbreaking research on African Drumming Laws.
In 2016, Neel was selected as one of six artists from the U.S. to participate in “Celebrate the Connections”, an intensive urban arts and education tour of India sponsored by the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, as well as coordinated by Cultural Vistas in New York. Group performances in India’s largest cities — Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai, and Delhi — showcased Neel's ability to integrate a wide range of rhythmic styles forming the backbone of powerful transmedia performances, hip hop dance cyphers, and world fusion compositions between musicians, dancers, poets, and visual artists from different continents.
In Southern California, he performed at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, The Echo, and the Lummis Day Festival. He has performed with Lord Huron, Oliver Rajamani’s “Flamenco India”, New Music Works, Junkyard Gamelan, Power Strip, and the UC Santa Cruz Percussion Ensemble. Additionally, Neel was the section leader of the Michigan State University Drumline, where he received two national tenor drumming awards from Percussive Arts Society. He is grateful to study with incredible gurus such as Navjot Sandhu, Aloke Dutta, Ken Dalluge, William Winant, Jon Weber, and Todd Ohme.