Composer Sameer Ramchandran writes music inspired by narrative, story-telling, color and the natural world. He has written music across many different genres, including opera, choir, orchestra, electroacoustic, chamber, solo instruments and film. Collaborators include flutist Michael Avitabile, percussionist Cameron Leach, the Albany Symphony, Helix! New Music Ensemble, the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra, Volt Studios and Encompass New Opera Theatre. His work has been performed at New York City venues such as (le) poisson rouge, the Abrons Art Center, the Frederick Loewe Theatre and the National Opera Center, as well as Houston’s MATCH theater and New Brunswick’s Richard H. Shindell Choral Hall. He has been a part of music festivals such as the American Music Festival, the Space City Music Festival, the SPLICE Institute, the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (NYCEMF) and Santa Barbara’s Primavera Festival. Other notable performances include New York University’s Interactive Arts Performance Series and the New Jersey Digital Audio Concert (NJDAC). He is a two-time winner of the Sherryll C. Corwin Metropolitan Theatres Awards in music composition.
Ramchandran has provided music for on-line video branding content for a number of companies, including Proofpoint and Communities in Schools. He has also provided musical scores for various independent and short films. Films that he has scored have been featured at film festivals across the United States, including the New Filmmakers at Anthology Film Archives (NY), Domani Vision Film Society Visionfest (NY), Boulder Asian Film Festival (CO) and the San Diego Asian Film Festival (CA).
An accomplished jazz pianist, he released the album Roundabout with his jazz piano trio to critical acclaim. About the CD, Jim Santella of Jazz Improv magazine proclaimed it a “stellar session” and that Ramchandran “delivers the music effortlessly.” Jerry D’Souza of All About Jazz wrote that “there are a lot of good things going on here” and that it was “time to sit up and take notice of this trio.” Jason Bivins of Cadence magazine described Ramchandran as “a young player bubbling with energy, whose largely lyrical ideas seem perfectly suited to his colleagues’ freedoms.”
He is currently a doctoral candidate in music composition at Rutgers University. He received a Master of Arts degree in composition from the University of California at Santa Barbara and he studied Music and English at Colgate University. Current research interests include jazz and popular music, human/computer interaction, music and narrative, film music, schema theory, the music of Olivier Messiaen and Schenkerian analysis. He is active as an educator, having led classes at both institutions where he pursued graduate studies. He has also maintained a private studio where he teaches piano to students of all ages and abilities.view c.v.