Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music (SAM) - the professional music college under the aegis of MARG Ltd, under the able leadership of its President Prasanna, provides an innovative & challenging academic program in music that fosters a collaborative exchange of ideas and thoughts in a culturally rich environment exemplifying the notion of a global community. Since starting its Diploma Program in July 2010, SAM has hired 56 world class musicians from 24 countries to teach here. These include several Grammy nominated artists, MacArthur Fellows and some of the most distinguished performing artists in the world. 225 students have studied at the Diploma program and 125 others in the short term programs at SAM so far. SAM Diploma and short program alumni are some of the leading musicians in the country across all genres.
Manuel Valera - Cuban pianist, bandleader, composer & arranger, who is in the forefront of contemporary modern jazz and represents the next generation of great performers and composers has been roped in as faculty for Spring 2013 program at Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music. The announcement of his nomination to the prestigious Grammy Award for his album 'New Cuban Express' in the 'Best Latin Jazz' category has brought joy to the SAM fraternity, as the celebrated musician would be teaching here from Jan 22 to March 8 and will take a brief trip to Los Angeles to attend the Grammy Awards presentation which is scheduled for Feb 10, 2013.
New Cuban Express is a killer vehicle that rides the rails of excitement from start to finish. With New Cuban Express, Valera has found joy in balancing Cuban traditions, fusion fashions, funky underpinnings and contemporary ideals. The track Listing includes, New Cuban Express; Intro To Upwards; Upwards; Choices; Me Faltabas Tu; Regards; Poly; Intro To Gismonteando;
Commenting on this development GRK Reddy, Chairman and Managing Director, MARG Group said, “We are delighted have an artist of Manuel Valera’s stature at MARG Swarnabhoomi to teach music at SAM. The music curriculum at SAM has been meticulously planned by Prasanna and well executed by international experts in the field of music. I wish Valera all the best for the Grammy award and look forward to seeing him at SAM”.
On receiving the news of VALERA’s Grammy nomination, Prasanna, President, Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music (SAM), says “Manuel is one of the most amazing Cuban virtuosos today. I saw him perform at the Newport Jazz Festival in September 2012 along with ex-SAM faculty Dafnis Prieto. Hearing glowing reports about SAM from all his friends, Manuel expressed his desire to teach at SAM and I instantly hired him for the Spring 2013 semester as Piano faculty. The entire SAM community wishes him well for the Grammy Award night. He will be traveling from SAM to Los Angeles for the ceremony and be back in SAM hopefully with the award”
SAM's faculty for Spring 2013 program include Grammy and Latin Grammy nominated artists, musical ambassadors to the United Nations, drummers of superstar acts like Ricky Martin and Spyrogyra, music directors for artists like Angelique Kidjo, to some of the most cutting edge Indian, American, Cuban, Brazilian and Argentinian artists that are in the forefront of the creative music scene today. Magos Herrera (Mexico) (http://sam.org.in/
About Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music (SAM)
Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music is a 4-acre college Campus is located in MARG Swarnabhoomi, 80 km from Chennai, India on the scenic East Coast Road. The 29,000-sq.ft main facility of the college is LEED Gold certified and is built in compliance with Green building standards.
Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music aims to provide a challenging academic program in music that fosters a collaborative exchange of ideas and thoughts in a culturally rich environment exemplifying the notion of a global community. By blending the best of Indian traditional Gurukula based classical music pedagogy and contemporary western college education practice, the college seeks to not only provide a unique and rounded music education but also build character and personality in its students and prepare them for careers in music as performers, arrangers, songwriters, composers, producers, teachers and more.