The exchanging of knowledge and connections stimulated at SIM goes far beyond the meetings taking place at the conference and shows that take over São Paulo in the first week of December. In the last years, the event has been welcoming foreign artists for immersions in brazilian culture and exchanges with local musicians.
In 2019, for the second consecutive year, SIM participated of the program MIR: Musicians in Residence, a partnership of British Council with PRS Foundation. Complimented by his solo work and with Robocobra Quartet, the musican and producer Chris W. Ryan spent a month in the capital of São Paulo, getting to know the city's scene and collaborating with brazilian artists, at Trampolim Estúdio.
The first song created in his residency has just been released. Produced by Chris, “Cai” put together the mexican-brazilian group francisco, el hombre and the chilean duo Yorka in a beautiful latin-american folk pop song.
The british musician also worked in sounds with the producers Fabio Barros and Gabriel Nascimbeni, from Trampolim, that will be in his next album, and he also recorded a track with the artists Josyara and Luê, yet to be released.
During the residency, Chris walked around the city and met many other artists, connecting with new partners. "I hope to be back in Brazil by 2021, with Robocobra Quartet's new album", the musician anticipates.
MIR: Musicians in Residence is a project of British Council in partnership with PRS Foundation which support british artists to have artistic residencies around the world, promoting closeness, knowledge exchange and collaborations. Brazil is in the program's route with other countries like China and Russia.
In 2018, MIR program brought to SIM São Paulo the rapper AWATE, who connected with different brazilian artists, among them the singer Xênia França, the band Mental Abstrato, the rapper Emicida and he also recorded in São Paulo the music video for his song “To Whom It May Concern”.