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Sebastian Gramss

Sebastian Gramss
Sebastian Gramss | Photo (detail): Schindelbeck

Sebastian Gramss, a German musician and composer, curated the program at the South Asian Music Residency, which took place from the 14th to the 28th of August 2016 in Chennai.

My first impression of India was …
2013 in Mumbai. So many people, faces, smells, sounds … soooo much to discover.

Things in Chennai that remind me of my home town Cologne…
Nothing. Basically everything in Cologne is different.

One thing I’ve noticed in India (that’s not so typical in Germany) …
People seem to be really balanced and relaxed. No matter which class, caste, background, people everywhere seem happier than in Germany.

An enduring memory of India …
friendliness and cars honking.

Sebastian Gramss is a German double bass player, cellist and composer of jazz and contemporary music. His activities include solo works (Atopie), a long term bass duo series, the Cologne-based quartet, up to his international double bass orchestra Bassmasse with 50 bass players. He has released more than 20 CDs, composed for radio drama, movies and theater and – among others – for choreographer Pina Bausch.

The South Asian Music Residency for contemporary music, organized by Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, showed new paths for intercultural musical exchanges. Over the course of two weeks, South Asian and German musicians had exchanges, played each others’ music and composed together. The residency encouraged participants to expand their own artistic and cultural horizons.

SAMUR - The South Asian Music Residency for contemporary music Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan New Delhi