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Samuel Adams (b. 1985, San Francisco, CA) is a composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music. His works, hailed as "wondrously alluring" (The San Francisco Chronicle), “thoroughly ingenious" (The San Francisco Examiner) and “music of a composer with a personal voice and keen imagination” (The New York Times), draw from his experiences in a diverse array of fields, including noise and electronic music, jazz, and field recording.
He has received commissions from Carnegie Hall, the San Francisco Symphony, New World Symphony, ACJW (The Academy, a program of Carnegie Hall, Juilliard, and The Weill Institute of Music) and St. Lawrence String Quartet.
Recent highlights include a violin concerto for Anthony Marwood, which had its premiere with the Berkeley Symphony in February 2014. In the spring of 2013, Adams was composer in residence at Spoleto Festival USA, where his String Quartet in Five Movements was premiered by St. Lawrence String Quartet. The work had further performances at Stanford’s new Bing Concert Hall in the Fall of 2013. In April 2013, his Tension Studies were presented as part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Brooklyn Festival and, in the following November, were released on post-classical duo The Living Earth Show's first full-length album, High Art.
This fall, his Drift and Providence, a work co-commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony and New World Symphony, will be featured as part of the San Francisco Symphony’s national tour. The following January, Adams will continue his activities with the San Francisco Symphony, curating two evenings of music as part of their new SoundBox series.
Adams currently lives and works in Oakland, California.