Mr. Jay B. Kreimer   
Fulbright-Nehru Project Title: "Indian Wedding Bands: Documentation of an Under-Recorded Music"
Field of Study: Study of India
Home Institution in US: At-Large, NE
Host Institution in India: The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara, Gujarat  
Start date/Month in India: September 2013
Duration of grant: Four months

Brief Bio:
Mr. Jay Kreimer is a sound artist, inventor, video artist and educator. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Nebraska and completed a MA in creative writing at San Francisco State University. He has taught Writing, Arts Issues, and Creative Problem Solving courses at Doane College in Lincoln, Nebraska for the past 25 years. He has also presented at conferences in Beijing, Denver, San Francisco and Santa Cruz.

Mr. Kreimer has performed a range of music professionally since 1979. In the past ten years he has recorded and toured widely, both solo and with his ensembles Seeded Plain and The Mighty Vitamins, performing in cities including Beijing, San Francisco, New York City, Chicago, Boston, Montreal, London, Dublin, Berlin, Amsterdam and Paris. In these performances, Mr. Kreimer played instruments of his own invention. One of Mr. Kreimer's instruments, Tallboy, was a finalist in the international Guthman Musical Instrument Invention Competition (2011). His music has been released in the US, Portugal and Canada, and distributed and reviewed internationally. Mr. Kreimer has served as a member of the Deep Listening national advisory board since 2010.

In addition to performing, Mr. Kreimer has provided sound, video and sculptural elements for installations made in collaboration with the textile artist Wendy Weiss. These works have been shown in galleries and museums in New York, San Francisco, Vancouver, Beijing and many other cities. This body of work focuses on the changing natural environment and employs recycled and repurposed materials extensively. Mr. Kreimer has also created sound scores for a number of animations by the painter Michael Burton.

Mr. Kreimer's Fulbright project proposes to create a video documentary and audio recording of street wedding bands in Gujarat. These bands have been documented only slightly, and because the material they perform evolves rapidly, integrating folk and popular music into the brass/drums/amplified echoing vocals processional style, this project could encourage more regular documentation. The bands perform in the liminal area of the street, and the audio and video recordings will include that ambience. The videos will also include scenes from the everyday lives of the performers and band leaders. The goal is to complete and eventually distribute a full length documentary film. The audio recording has a tentative release planned with an Indian record label specializing in field recordings.