Maarten Visser


Alkmaar, 1972.
Lives in Chennai, India

Maarten Visser studied saxophone at the Brabants Conservatorium (Netherlands). After completing his studies in 1994 he moved to Chennai (India) to study Carnatic music. In 2000 he started a collaboration with Indian choreographer Padmini Chettur, composing music for Segment of a Solo (2000), Fragility (2001), 3 Solos (2003), Paperdoll (2005), PUSHED (2006), Beautiful Thing 1 (2008), Beautiful Thing 2 (2011), and Walldancing (2012). In December 2012 Visser and poet Vivek Narayanan premiered a collaborative work for saxophone and words, and Maarten expanded this work into an oto.3 project, the music has been released in 2014. In 2016 he composed music for a play directed by Pravin Kannanur (Magic Lantern), for which he constructed various instruments, like tubulum and intonarumori. Visser is currently composing new work for saxophone solo – his second saxophone solo production, an experimental production with a visual artist, and music for the performance of a film project with Padmini Chettur, called Varnam.