Samuel Adams is a composer based in San Francisco, CA. 

He is currently working on Lyra and a new work for pianist Conor Hanick.

Recently, he has written works for the Australian Chamber Orchestra, violinist Karen Gomyo, and Spektral Quartet.


News

Guggenheim Fellowship
April 12, 2019

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has named Sam a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow.

Click here to view the press release and the full list of fellows.


Djerassi Residency
February 3, 2019

Sam has been named a 2019 Djerassi Artist Fellow and will spend a month at the Djerassi Ranch in Northern California.


ACO 2019 US Tour
December 17, 2018

The Australian Chamber Orchestra recently announced their 2019 US national tour programming, which includes Sam's recent work Movements (for us and them). The work is a Stanford Live and Australian Chamber Orchestra co-commission and was toured in Australia earlier this summer.

For information about the upcoming tour, click here.



Upcoming Events

05.22.2019 | Seattle

Quintet with Pillars with the Alexander String Quartet and pianist Joyce Yang

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

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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 | Charleston

Excerpts from Lyra as part of Spoleto Festival USA Music in Time

The Living Earth Show

Woolfe Street Playhouse | Spoleto Festival USA | Charleston, SC | 5pm and 8pm

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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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06.02.2019 | Davis

Quintet with Pillars with the Alexander String Quartet and Joyce Yang

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

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06.07.2019 | Pasadena

Pianist David Kaplan performs excerpts from New Dances in the League of David alongside works by Timo Andres and Robert Schumann.

Boston Court Pasadena | Pasadena, CA | 8:00pm

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07.17.2019 | Berkeley

Full: Post:Ballet and The Living Earth Show

Two of the Bay Area’s most innovative and provocative ensembles come together for an action-packed evening with music by Samuel Adams, Amadeus Regucera, and others, featuring excerpts from dance works in progress.

BAMPFA | Berkeley, CA | 7pm

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07.29.2019 | San Francisco

Post:Workshop with Post:Ballet

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08.02.2019 | San Francisco

Post:Workshop sneak peek of Lyra with The Living Earth Show

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09.19.2019 | Reno

Chamber Concerto with the Reno Chamber Orchestra and Donato Cabrera

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09.19.2019 | San Francisco

Excerpts from Lyra with Post:Ballet and The Living Earth Show

Gray Area Foundation for the Arts

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09.20.2019 | Reno

Chamber Concerto with the Reno Chamber Orchestra and Donato Cabrera

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04.05.2020 | Berkeley

Spektral Quartet gives World premiere of String Quartet no. 2, Current alongside works by Schubert, Glass, and Webern.

Cal Performances | Hertz Hall | Berkeley, CA | 3pm

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News (cont.)


Spektral Salon
December 17, 2018

The Chicago-based Spektral Quartet has announced details of their new experimental salon series, the first installment of which includes work by poet and songwriter avery r. young, Alyssa Martinez, the Black Monks of Mississippi, a musical performance by 2018 Guggenheim fellow Tonia Ko, and the world premiere of a new work by Sam. The evening is co-presented with Chicago-based artist and organizer Theaster Gates.

For information about the event, click here.