Sneak Peek

Final concert of the 2nd South Asian MUsic Residency (SAMUR) at the KM Music Conservatory on September 1, 2017 in Chennai, India.

Trying out a few pieces composed by SAMUR participants for the Large Ensemble...

Groups sessions - exploring and preparing for the final concerts!

Workshop with the great pianist Anil Srinivasan, followed by excerpts from group presentations.

Workshop with the amazing flute player Shantala Subramanyam about South Indian music, followed by the last Play & Tell session.

SAMUR participants rehearsing in free sessions...

Workshop with Suresh Vaidyanathan, ghatam and multi-percussion artist, followed by another Play & Tell session with 2 participants and SAMUR director.

We are pleased to invited you for the 2 Grand Finale concerts at the KM Music Conservatory and the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Chennai.

Second Play & Tell session - 5 participants and the Curator talking about their music and playing some examples...

Play & Tell session - 6 participants talking about their music and playing some examples...

Getting to know each other through free improvisation in randomly assigned groups...

We are happy to announce the final list of

1. Asif Sinan (Karachi, Pakistan) - guitar
2. Rachintan Trivedi (Ahmedabad, India) - harmonium, piano
3. Deepak Srinivas (Chennai, India) - guitar
4. Nakul Krishnamurthy (Chennai, India) - composition
5. Pabalu Wijegoonawardane (Colombo, Sri Lanka) - percussion, composition
6. Pavithra Chari (New Delhi, India) - vocal, composition
7. Prashant Mishra (Varanasi, India) - tabla
8. Ramya Thiyagarajan (Pune, India) - vocal
9. Roshan Putwar (Kathmandu, Nepal) - flute
10. Shubhangi Joshi (Mumbai, India) - guitar, songwriter
11. Stefan Schönegg (Cologne, Germany) - double bass
12. Teerath Kumar Majumder (Rajshahi, Bangladesh) - composition
13. Uvindu Perera (Colombo, Sri Lanka) - electric bass
14. Vanraj Shastri (Ahmedabad, India) - vocal, sarangi
15. Waheedullah Saghar (Kabul, Afghanistan) - vocal

More details on the participants coming soon...

SAMUR II will take place from August 18 to September 2, 2017 in Chennai, and is now open for applications to professional performers, improvisers and composers from India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan.

Arrival date is August 17, and departure date September 3.
Travel costs, accommodation and per diem will be provided by the Goethe-Institut Chennai.

If you would like to take part in the meeting, please send us your biography (1 page PDF) and video / audio links (no files) of your recent work to

Deadline: May 31, 2017

See what you've missed in 2016 on our YouTube channel

For those of you who couldn't be there with us, the Final concert of South Asian Music Residency (SAMUR) 2016 featuring pieces of each of the participants and the Big Ensemble conducted by Sebastian Gramss.

While we prepare a sneak peak into the final concert, enjoy our final interview sessions with two brilliant musicians - Tajdar Junaid, singer, soungwriter, Ronroco and electric guitar player from Mumbai, India, and Philip Zoubek, piano and prepared piano player from Cologne, Germany as SAMUR 2016 approaches the end and suspense rises before the final concert.

Interview with Shemonty Monjari, singer from Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Isuru Kumarasinghe, sound artists from Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. A lecture by Anil Srinivasan, great pianist from Chennai, on the historical and philosophical background of Indian classical music.

Today we interviewed Anirban Ghosh, an electric bass player from New Delhi, India, and Leonhard Huhn, saxophone player from Cologne, Germany about their SAMUR experience and work process. The team was joined by S. Murali Krishnan on drums & percussion from Chennai, India, who gave a short lecture and will be joining the participants in the final performance.

A talk with two of SAMUR participants about their experiences with the residency - Abhishek Borkar, sarod player, and Gowri Jayakumar, singer and guitar player, both from Pune, India. A short peak into the lecture by the brilliant Patri Satish Kumar, mridangam player from Chennai.

One of our SAMUR's participants, Shantala Subramanyam, a venu player from Chennai, India, gives us her insight into the residency...

Excerpts from the lecture and music of V.S. Narasimhan and his Madras String Quartet - beautiful meeting of Western and Indian music. Individual sessions of SAMUR participants and the Big Ensemble preparing for the final concert.

We are pleased to invite you to the grand finale concert of SAMUR participants on Saturday, August 27th at 6:30pm in the Auditorium of the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Chennai. S. Murali Krishnan will be joining them on drums & percussion.


As usual at the Goethe Institute, admission to the concert is free and all are welcome. As for the seats, the rule: “first come, first serve” applies.

Sneak a peak into the results of KM Music Conservatory - South Asian Music Residency cooperation - 4 performances created this afternoon by KMMC students and SAMUR participants led by professor Srinivas Krishnan and curator Sebastian Gramss. The evening ended with a treat - an in house concert for SAMUR participants by Sebastian Gramss, Phillip Zoubek and Leonhard Huhn with a guest Amit Mishra.

Talking with SAMUR participant Manish Gandharva, sarangi player from Kathmandu, Nepal, about his musical and cultural background, the residency and the lecture given by Ramesh Vinayakam on his invention - the Gamaka Box - a tool for notating Indian music. You can also enjoy a little improvisation by the SAMUR's Big Ensemble.

A talk with SAMUR participant Muthu Kumar, tabla and percussion player from Bangalore, India with a little overview of day 3 activities - personal presentations of participants, learning from each other, lessons about tihai, jamming together in smaller groups.

An interview with SAMUR 2016 Curator, composer and double bass player Sebastian Gramss riddled with working and jamming scenes from the 2nd day.

Sneak a peak into the 1st day of SAMUR - listen to the welcome speech by Helmut Schippert, the director of the Goethe-Institut Chennai, and get to know the participants improvising in randomly picked formations. An amazing combination of different personalities, music styles and cultural backgrounds. Unfortunately, Jon Kabir and Pabalu Wijegoonawardane could not join us due to some health issues, and Shehroze Hussain and Gul Mohammed from Pakistan were not able to get a visa.