Q & A

Questions & Answers for potential participants

         1) Who are the other participants?

The participants come from Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Iran, Nepal, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Germany.

All selected musicians are highly professional and distinctive musicians from various fields of music – including Western Contemporary, Jazz, Fusion, Rock, Folk, Indian Classical, Experimental, etc.

Since the whole idea of SAMUR is about cross-cultural and cross-style exchange, every participant has been selected on the basis of outstanding creative abilities and singular profile in their field of music.

After all participants have confirmed, you will be provided with the full list of participants + details.

         2) What will the daily schedule look like?

There is almost no daily schedule.
The whole concept is based on the belief in the natural interest of all invited musicians to share, play, contribute and compose with each other.

Therefore accommodation, food, equipment and rehearsal space are provided, and all music and collaborative activities are dependent on the individual initiative of the participants.

Within the two weeks of your stay you might end up playing and developing music with various groups and bands (like duos, trios, etc. up to a big ensemble), depending on your interests and outcome of the activities.

This year’s residency and its program will be curated and moderated by Sebastian Gramss, double bass player and composer from Germany, and German composer and saxophone player Roger Hanschel.

The program will start with an informal gathering where every participant will have an opportunity to introduce and present themselves, and give other participants an insight into their music through a short performance.

In the following days, rehearsal spaces will be open throughout the day for collaboration and preparation of performances.

During the course of the residency, we will have ‘No Music Days’ filled with various social contents not related to music in order to provide participants with some rest and give them an opportunity to get to know each other a bit outside of the realm of music.

         3) What kind of accommodation would be provided to the participants?

Accommodation would be a guest apartment - hygienic, comfortable, well-serviced, well-equipped, with WiFi and home-stay feeling, a 10 minute walk from the Goethe-Institut.

Double rooms (AC + Bath), Bed + Breakfast

         4) What kind of food arrangement is there for the participants?

Breakfast will be provided at your accommodation. Lunch could be organized on request to be served at the Goethe-Institut. Dinner could be planned according to the working schedule, either at the Goethe-Institut or at the accommodation.

Tea/Coffee/Juice would be provided to refresh during intervals. Each musician would be given a daily allowance for expenses towards food and other daily needs.

Food, if provided, will be mainly vegetarian (unless any specific requests are made), non-spicy and based on the Indian cuisine that would also suit international tastes. Any specific allergies or other restrictions would be considered and catered to as required.

         5) Is there any preparation or pre-requirements for SAMUR?

All you need to bring is yourself and your curiosity to share and exchange.

And, of course, bring your instrument! (This does not apply to piano players and drummers.)

If you are, for some reason, unable to bring your instrument with you, please let us know, and we will try to provide you with one for the course of your stay.

Recordings, compositions and concepts of your former work are very welcome.

         6) Flight & Visa requirements?

All participants should book their own flight tickets which would be paid back to you after your arrival in Chennai, once you provide the original invoice.

All participants coming from the countries that require a visa for entering India are responsible for obtaining one. The Goethe-Institut will help you with anything you might need concerning your visa application (invitation letter, etc.).

For us to be able to send you an invitation letter, we need the participants to give us the full address of the Consulate or Embassy in their country that they will approach for the visa.