Samuel Adams (b. 1985) is a California-born, Brooklyn-based composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music. His works, hailed as "wondrously alluring" (SF Chronicle) and "thoroughly ingenious" (SF Examiner), draw from his experiences in a wide array of fields including noise and electronic music, jazz, and field recording.
He has received commissions from the San Francisco Symphony, New World Symphony, The Paul Dresher Ensemble Electroacoustic Band, ACJW (The Academy, a program of Carnegie Hall, Juilliard, and The Weill Institute of Music), Mobius Trio, and The Living Earth Show.
Recent work includes Drift and Providence, a work for large orchestra and live electroacoustic processing that had its premiere with the New World Symphony and further performances with the San Francisco Symphony under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas at Davies Symphony Hall (SF) and at Carnegie Hall (NYC). Adams presented twenty four strings, a sextet written for members of The Academy, at Skidmore College as part of a week-long residency in Saratoga Springs, NY and at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall (NYC) in late October, 2012. In the spring of 2012, Adams participated in a residency under the direction of Charlotte Brathwaite at the Baryshnikov Arts Center (NYC). While there, he developed a score to Woman Bomb, a play written by Croatian playwright Ivana Sajko.
Future work includes the West Coast premiere of String Quartet in Five Movements by the St. Lawrence String Quartet at Stanford's new Bing Concert Hall (2013), and a new work for the San Francisco Symphony (2015). In June of 2013, Adams will be composer in residence at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC and at the Visby International Centre for Composers on Gotland Island, SE in June. In December 2013, Adams will curate an evening of music as part of the San Francisco Symphony's revamped New and Unusual Music Series. In the spring of 2014, violinist Anthony Marwood will premiere a new work with the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra.
Adams lives in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.