Samuel Adams is a composer based in SF, CA. 

He is currently working on projects for the Spektral Quartet and pianist Conor Hanick.

Recently, he has written works for the Australian Chamber Orchestra, violinist Karen Gomyo and Esa-Pekka Salonen, and pianist David Fung


News

Podcasting
December 11, 2018

My friends Dylan Mattingly and David Bloom started a podcast that explores music and the big questions regarding the human urge to make art. The first episode asks the question: what does it mean to work without limits? I show up with my answer, as do American Composers Orchestra CEO Ed Yim and BASE jumper Steph Davis. Listen here.


Sneak Peek
October 9, 2018

I'm building a really big piece with my very close friends and collaborators in Post:Ballet (Vanessa Thiessen and Robert Dekkers) and The Living Earth Show (Travis Andrews and Andy Meyerson). Although we're not premiering the work in its entirety until 2020, you can experience a preview next month in San Francisco at CounterPulse. Come have a drink with us and join the discussion.

For information about the event, click here.


New Site
July 3, 2018

I've finally gotten around to restructuring my site to make it a bit more user friendly. There's much more audio and information about past and upcoming works. And I now have reddish links. I hope you enjoy perusing.


Spektral Season Announcement
June 28, 2018

I'm excited to announce that I'll be expanding my recent work for my good friends in the Spektral Quartet. They'll premiere the new piece as part of a new salon series in collaboration with artist and community builder Theaster Gates. Stay tuned for more details.


Australian Tour
June 23, 2018

I've been on tour with the Australian Chamber Orchestra as they give the first performances of my new work Movements (for us and them). It's been a tremendous pleasure working with this group. They're everything a composer could want in a collaborator (and some): flexible, comfort-averse, and democratic.

I was interviewed by Simon Moore of Fine Music 102.5 about the piece, contemporary music, and the art of the American West. Listen here.


Chamber Concerto with Karen and Esa-Pekka
May 22, 2018

Violinist Karen Gomyo premiered a new Chamber Concerto of mine a couple of weeks ago. It was the kind of 'peak experience' that shows up only once every couple of years. Karen played the piece with the kind of directness and intensity that suggested she'd been living with it for decades.

01.08.2019 | New York

Percussionist Andy Meyerson performs new and recent works by Adams, Cerrone, Hennies, Knight, and Regucera.

Metropolis Ensemble Presents "Reiterations" curated by Christopher Cerrone.

1 Rivington Street | New York, NY | 7:30pm (doors) / 8:00pm (event)

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02.13.2019 | Tucson

New Work with the Alexander String Quartet and pianist Joyce Yang

Arizona Chamber Music | Leo Rich Theater | Tucson, AZ | 7:30pm

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02.14.2019 | San Francisco

New Work with the Alexander String Quartet and pianist Joyce Yang

San Francisco Performances | Herbst Theater | San Francisco, CA | 7:30pm

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03.09.2019 | Dallas

New Work with the Alexander String Quartet and pianist Joyce Yang

Chamber Music International | Moody Performance Hall | Dallas, TX | 7:30pm

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03.23.2019 | Chicago

World premiere of New Work for the Spektral Quartet

As part of Spektral's new Salon Series in collaboration with Theaster Gates

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03.31.2019 | Stanford

United States premiere of Movements (for us and them) with the Australian Chamber Orchestra

Bing Concert Hall | Stanford, CA | 2:30pm

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04.05.2019 | Orange County

Movements (for us and them) with the Australian Chamber Orchestra

Renée and Henry Segerstrom Counter Hall | Orange County, CA | 8:00pm

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04.07.2019 | Blacksburg

Movements (for us and them) with the Australian Chamber Orchestra

Moss Arts Center | Virgina Tech | Blacksburg, VA | 4:00pm

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04.11.2019 | Princeton

Movements (for us and them) with the Australian Chamber Orchestra

Princeton University | Princeton, NJ | 8:00pm

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04.17.2019 | Tucson

Night Sea (for Agnes) as part of ZOFOMOMA

Arizona Friends of Chamber Music | Tucson Museum of Art | Tucson, AZ

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04.28.2019 | Orange County

New Work with the Alexander String Quartet and pianist Joyce Yang

Soka University | Mission Viejo, CA | 3:00pm

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05.07.2019 | Melbourne

Night Sea (for Agnes) as part of ZOFOMOMA

Musica Viva Australia

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05.09.2019 | Brisbane

Night Sea (for Agnes) as part of ZOFOMOMA

Musica Viva Australia

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05.11.2019 | Melbourne

Night Sea (for Agnes) as part of ZOFOMOMA

Musica Viva Australia

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05.13.2019 | Sydney

Night Sea (for Agnes) as part of ZOFOMOMA

Musica Viva Australia

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05.16.2019 | Newcastle

Night Sea (for Agnes) as part of ZOFOMOMA

Musica Viva Australia

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05.21.2019 | Perth

Night Sea (for Agnes) as part of ZOFOMOMA

Musica Viva Australia

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05.23.2019 | Adelaide

Night Sea (for Agnes) as part of ZOFOMOMA

Musica Viva Australia

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05.25.2019 | Sydney

Night Sea (for Agnes) as part of ZOFOMOMA

Musica Viva Australia

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05.28.2019 | Canberra

Night Sea (for Agnes) as part of ZOFOMOMA

Musica Viva Australia

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05.22.2019 | Seattle

New Work with the Alexander String Quartet and pianist Joyce Yang

Meany Center for the Performing Arts | Seattle, WA | 7:30pm

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06.02.2019 | Davis

New work for the Alexander String Quartet and Joyce Yang

Robert Mondavi Center for the Arts | Jackson Hall | Davis, CA | 2:00pm

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