The idea for GRAMOFON originated during the Corona lockdown in winter 2020/2021 when neither concerts nor rehearsals were possible and a sense of isolation spread. In this situation, the Indo-German pianist and composer Jarry Singla developed the vision of creatively communicating with his audience – i.e. with YOU - via an interactive player.

Jarry composed musical miniatures for piano, prepared piano, Indian harmonium and percussive instruments. The fragments are mainly inspired by South Indian rhythm, North Indian ragas and Messiaen modes, but also by European harmony.

In combination with beautiful designs by the artist Irma Stolz, they have been uploaded into the interactive player on this website. The player gives you the possibility to create your own compositions by combining the fragments freely in several tracks. Five composing-games of different musical character are available. The URL displays your results at any time. By sharing the URL via e-mail, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, you are welcome to let your friends know whatever you created with GRAMOFON.

The implementation of GRAMOFON was made possible by generous funding from the Kunststiftung NRW and the NRW Kultursekretariat.

Please feel free to give any kind of feedback regarding GRAMOFON! We are very interested in your opinion.


The Indo-German pianist and composer Jarry Singla has always been crossing borders between the most diverse musical worlds. Several years of stays in Mexico City, New York, Mumbai and La Paz opened his heart and mind, intensive musical collaborations in Buenos Aires, Katowice and Kiev promoted his successful search for a way past all dogmas, for a fresh, refined and exciting sound between jazz and ethnic inspiration.

In his current ensembles, the influence of Indian music is particularly pronounced: The trio JARRY SINGLA EASTERN FLOWERS appeared at renowned festivals such as “Jazz Utsav New Delhi”, “Buenos Aires Jazz” or “Festijazz Bolivia”. THE MUMBAI PROJECT - created during an artistic residency in Mumbai – performed in major Indian and German cities, most recently as part of a production with the FRANKFURT RADIO BIGBAND.

Jarry Singla’s individualistic work in the wide-ranging field of European jazz includes compositions for his quartet with the outstanding British saxophonist JULIAN ARGÜELLES and for the German-Polish-French TRIO WEI3.

Jarry worked in an internationally cast ensemble of the trumpeter MARKUS STOCKHAUSEN. As a founding member of the musicians-collective SONIQ, he has been initiating visionary projects with renowned artists such as MAJID BEKKAS, RHANI KRIJA, ALY KEITA and KARL SEGLEM.


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