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June 26

Open house

@De Saram House


© The Lunuganga Trust

Come take a look at what our two resident musicians at the De Saram House have been up to, as they open the doors to their studios and discuss their works-in-progress!


3, 5 and 6 PM : Sound performance and artist talk by Marin Escande, music composer and musicologist

4 PM : Artist talk by Pauline Drand, singer and songwriter

6:30 PM : Refreshments


Curatorial tours of the de Saram house by Larissa Guimaraes, assistant curator of the Geoffrey Bawa Trust, will be offered throughout the event. 



Born in 1992, Marin Escande is a French composer and musicologist. Educated in Paris

Conservatory (CNSMDP), he has composesd both instrumental and electroacoustic music. Through various interdisciplinary collaborations, he has developed an original

musical language in relation with environmental soundscape, urbanism and

architecture. His music has been awarded from numerous prizes - “Petite forme“ (2016),

“Sound Spaces“ (2019), “Mixtur Barcelona” (2020), “MA/IN” (2021) - and has been played in France, Canada, Japan, Taiwan, Russia, Italia, Sweden and Austria.

Besides his composition activities, Marin Escande also wrote a Ph.D. dissertation about

the Japanese avant-garde group, Jikken Kōbō(Experimental Workshop). Between 2016

and 2018, he was selected for a scholarship program in Tokyo University of the Arts to pursue his research on Japanese artistic scene. Back to Paris for three years, he is now

teaching sound creation and contemporary music history at universities (Paris 8, UCO).

Through his experiences as a researcher and professor, he has developed some skills in

conducting ethnographic studies, working in archive and transmitting musical knowledge.


Both unclassifiable and accessible, Pauline Drand's art is driven by a timeless voice and a sharp poetic instinct. Since the release of her first EP in 2015, the Parisian singer-songwriter has been performing both as a soloist (voice, guitar, piano) and as a collective in various constellations, in France and internationally.


In conjunction with the release of her first studio album titled "Faits bleus" in 2018, she performs notably as an opening act for Benjamin Biolay, Bertrand Belin, Juliette Armanet, Clara Luciani, Aldous Harding, and performs at the Théâtre de la Ville, Kenilworth Arts Festival, La Maroquinerie, Maison de la Poésie, Divan du Monde, Carreau du Temple, and Point Éphémère. Finalist of the Inouïs du Printemps de Bourges in 2018 and of La Relève on France Inter in 2015, resident of the Cité Internationale des Arts de Paris in 2021, she is currently working on her next album, whose creation is nourished by the encounter with other forms of artistic expression, such as dance and visual arts.


Residency at the De Saram House

The Embassy of France to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, in partnership with the Geoffrey Bawa Trust and through the support of the Residency Fabric of Institut Français, joined forces to offer the first residency program in Sri Lanka aimed at French artists. This first edition selected two musicians, residing in Colombo for a period of two months. This residency programme is based in and around the de Saram house, a design by the late architect for his friends the de Sarams, a musical family with key collection of art. The house exemplifies the interplay between architecture and the arts in Bawa’s work.

Geoffrey Bawa Trust

The Geoffrey Bawa Trust is a non-profit institution established in 1982 with the objectives of furthering the fields of Architecture, the Fine Arts and Ecological and Environmental Studies, pioneered in Sri Lanka by the architect Geoffrey Bawa (1919-2003).

Organized with the support of:

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