Composer Sameer Ramchandran writes music inspired by the natural world. He is also interested in exploring musical representations of historical time and the passage of time. These explorations take the form of juxtapositions of archaic and ancient elements along with contemporary and forward-looking structures. He has written music across many genres, including opera, choir, orchestra, electroacoustic, chamber, solo instruments and film. Collaborators include the Palisades Virtuosi, percussionist Cameron Leach, HUB New Music, the Albany Symphony, the Denison Symphony Orchestra, Slee Sinfonietta, Helix! New Music Ensemble, the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra, and Encompass New Opera Theatre, among others. 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. Ramchandran’s music has been heard at a number of music festivals including the American Music Festival, June in Buffalo, the Space City Music Festival, the TUTTI 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, consecutive 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.”
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 received a BA from Colgate University in music and English literature, an MA in composition from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a a Ph.D. in composition from Rutgers University where he teaches classes in music technology, music theory and popular music.View c.v.