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Faculty of Music

 
 Saman  Samadi

Roles

Composer and Doctoral Researcher
President, Wolfson College Music Society
Director, Cambridge University Experimental Music Ensemble (CUEME)

Available for consultancy

 

Biography

Saman Samadi is a Persian-American composer, performer, and current doctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge. For over a decade, his prolific repertoire of orchestral, chamber, solo, and electroacoustic music has been performed internationally — in the mid & far East, Europe, and on both coasts of the United States. His music was inspired early by those composers who are known under the rubric New Complexity; however, in 2010, he commenced to develop his unique compositional approach, one which entails a new pitch space, using microtones derived from traditional Persian music, multilayered & heterophonic textures, complex polyrhythms & polymeters; all traced within a detailed system of musical notation permitting replication. He received his degree in Mathematics from NODET, an Iranian educational institution for mathematical prodigies. He studied Philosophy and Critical Thinking at the University of Queensland, and Artistic Research at Orpheus Institute & Leuven University. He earned his BA in Music Performance & MA in Composition from the University of Tehran where he studied with Alireza Mashayekhi. From 2006 to 2009, Samadi was the director of the Concentus Orchestra, a mix of musicians from the Tehran Music Conservatory and the University of Tehran. He is a first prize winner of the 2012 Counterpoint-Italy International Composition Competition and the 2009 Fajr International Music Festival. His work was selected for a premiere at the 2014 New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival. In 2013, he was offered a scholarship for doctoral studies in Composition at the State University of New York where he studied with Daria Semegen, to whom he was also an assistant at the Electronic Music Studio in Stony Brook. Samadi has been an active performer in New York City's Downtown Scene of experimental music and free improvisation for the past half-decade. In 2018, he invited various alumni from the Manhattan School of Music to form the Saman Samadi Quintet. He is also the leader of two NYC-based ensembles, Āpām Napāt Trio, and Aži Trio. In 2015, Samadi was awarded an Artist Diploma from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). He is a former faculty member of the City University of New York, Music School of New York City, the Piano School of NYC, and the Editorial Officer of the Wolfson Research Event 2021. Samadi is the founder and director of the Cambridge University Experimental Music Ensemble. His current research, at the Faculty of Music, is under Prof. Richard Causton and Dr Peter McMurray. Samadi is a Grantham Scholar and the President of Wolfson College Music Society at the University of Cambridge.


Academic Degrees, Certificates, & Awards

‘20. PhD in Music, University of Cambridge, 2020 - present.

‘20. The Dr Grantham Scholarship, Doctoral Research, Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, 2020 - present.

‘19. Certificate of Philosophy and Critical Thinking, University of Queensland, Brisbane, 2019.

‘19. Certificate of Artistic Research in Music, Leuven University & Orpheus Institute, Ghent, 2019.

‘15. Diploma in Performing and Multimedia Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York, 2015.

'14. Selected Composer, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (NYCEMF), New York, 2014.

‘13. Scholarship for Composition Studies, State University of New York, Stony Brook, 2013 - 2015.

‘12. First Prize: Paj, for flute and piano. Counterpoint-Italy International Composition Competition, USA–Italy, 2012.

‘11. Master of Arts, in Music Composition, University of Tehran, College of Fine Arts, Tehran, 2009 - 2011.

‘09. 2nd Place (out of 78815 Applicants): National Concours for Public Universities, Iran, 2009.

‘09. Bachelor of Arts, in Music Performance, University of Tehran, College of Fine Arts, Tehran, 2005 - 2009.

‘08. The Jury Prize: Camisado, for chamber orchestra, 24th Fadjr International Music Festival, Tehran, 2008.

‘05. Undergraduate Studies in Music, Azad University Central Tehran Branch, Faculty of Arts and Architecture, Tehran, 2005.

‘03. Diploma in Mathematics, NODET (National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents), Iran, 1999 - 2003.

Research

Composition
Experimental Music
Ethnomusicology
Philosophy

Publications

Key publications: 

Research Expositions, & Presentations

'21. Samadi, Saman. “Complexity in Musical Works of Stockhausen and Samadi.” Wolfson College Music Society, Listening Sessions: Musical Encounters with Saman Samadi. University of Cambridge. November 17, 2021.

‘21. Samadi, Saman. Pasā-Pārsiyat: Musiqi-e Maqāmi-e Pasā-Pārsi [Post-Pars Modal Music]. Baru Magazine Vol. 4, Shamlou Org. April 2021. www.baru.wiki/saman.samadi/musighi-ye-maghaami/

‘21. Samadi, Saman. Pasā-Pārsiyat: Yek Navāk-Fazā-ye Rhizomatic va Yeknavākht [A Smooth and Rhizomatic Pitch-Space]. Baru Magazine Vol. 3, Shamlou Org. March 2021. www.baru.wiki/saman.samadi/yek-navakfaza-ye-risomatic/

‘21. Samadi, Saman. Pasā-Pārsiyat: Jahaān-Boomiyat-e Nāsān-Andishi [Glocality of Difference]. Baru Magazine Vol. 2, Shamlou Org. February 2021. www.baru.wiki/saman.samadi/pasaa-paarsiyat

'21. Samadi, Saman. Through a Veil: for wind quintet. Composers' Workshop. Birmingham Contemporary Music Group at the Faculty of Music. University of Cambridge. May 1, 2021.

'21. Samadi, Saman. Vāyuvēra: for violin, cello, and piano. The 2021 British Forum for Ethnomusicology and Royal Musical Association Research Conference. Amatis Piano Trio. University of Cambridge. January 14, 2021.

'21. Samadi, Saman. “A Comparative Study on Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Klavierstück X.” Research Paper. To be published in the peer-reviewed journal Perspective of New Music, 2022.

'20. Samadi, Saman. “An Analytical Study on Pierre Boulez’s Le Marteau sans maitre.” Research Exposition. Research Catalogue (2020) https://doi.org/10.22501/rc.718708, September 28, 2020.

'20. Samadi, Saman. “An Introduction to Post-Pars Modal Music: A New Approach to Microtonality.” Online Conference. “Performing, Engaging, Knowing”, organized by Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, the ICTM Study Group on Applied Ethnomusicology, the Department of Composition, Electroacoustics, and Tonmeister Education of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, and the Swiss Society for Ethnomusicology, August 26-29, 2020.

'19. Samadi, Saman. Nostalgia. Research Exposition. Research Catalogue (2019) https://doi.org/10.22501/rc.753343, 2019.

'16. Samadi, Saman. Nostalgia: multimedia works. Lecture-Concert. "Lethal #7—Last Saturdays Salon," Organized by Concrete Timbre, The Drawing Room, New York, November 19, 2016.

'16. Samadi, Saman. Guest-Composer Lecture - Doctoral Seminar. Organized by Reiko Fueting, Manhattan School of Music, New York, November 18, 2016.

'15. Samadi, Saman. Chamrosh: works for saxophone — IVcomplex No.1, and Before Your Very Eyes. Lecture-Performance. Anthony Izzo, saxophonist, and Saman Samadi, pianist. ShapeShifter Lab, Brooklyn, July 29, 2015.

'15. Samadi, Saman. IVcomplex No.2: saxophone quartet no.1. Lecture-Performance. LX Saxophone Quartet: Kenny Chen, soprano saxophonist; Mark Kabai, alto saxophonist; Barron Wei, tenor saxophonist; Brian Cho, baritone saxophonist. W10 Performing Arts Center, Brooklyn, July 3, 2015.

'15. Samadi, Saman. Shekasteh Mouyeh: for piano, voice, electronics, and video. Lecture-Performance. Saman Samadi, pianist, vocalist, video, & electronic sounds artist. ShapeShifter Lab, Brooklyn, July 29, 2015.

'14. Samadi, Saman. Persia 1909: for four improvising performers. Workshop. Laura Smith, oboist, Erika Dohi, pianist, Mark Utley, percussionist, Elizabeth Dorman, percussionist. Staller Center, State University of New York, Stony Brook, April 22, 2014.

'14. Samadi, Saman. Amiri: a fixed media composition (2012). Lecture-Concert. Harvestworks, New York, January 14, 2014.

'11. Samadi, Saman. U-Turn: a multimedia composition (2011). Lecture-Concert. Electroacoustic Music Event, University of Tehran, College of Fine Arts, Tehran, June 16, 2011.

'10. Samadi, Saman. Qatār-e Arvāh: a fixed media composition (2010). Lecture-Concert. Electroacoustic Music Event, University of Tehran, College of Fine Arts, Tehran, June 15, 2010.

'09. Samadi, Saman. Unfolding Saman Samadi's Symphony in Three Movements. Seminar. University of Tehran, Tehran, September 22, 2009.

Academic Research Coverage

'22. Boroumand Yazdi, Reihaneh. “Le mandala, entre mystique persane et modernité: répéter un monde éternel ou créer des mondes possibles?” [The mandala, between Persian mysticism and modernity: repeating an eternal world or creating possible worlds?], Déméter. Théories & pratiques artistiques contemporaines, Université de Lille, #7 | 2022. https://demeter.univ-lille.fr/

'19. Broumand, Reyhan. “Le choc de la déviation de la tradition dans la musique électroacoustique iranienne: Saman Samadi’s Satori.” Seminar. Semaine Internationale de la Musique Électroacoustique, LILLIAD de l’Université de Lille - Sciences et Technologies, Lille, April 24, 2019.

'18. Broumand, Reyhan. "Entre passé et avenir : Les deux rôles des instruments acoustiques dans la musique électroacoustique iranienne: Saman Samadi’s Palm Plate.” Seminar. Semaine Internationale de la Musique Électroacoustique, LILLIAD de l’Université de Lille - Sciences et Technologies, Lille, April 20, 2018.

'17. Broumand, Reyhan. "L’impact de la tradition dans la création contemporaine : un regard sur la musique électroacoustique iranienne: Saman Samadi’s Zenith.” Seminar. Semaine Internationale de la Musique Électroacoustique, LILLIAD de l’Université de Lille - Sciences et Technologies, Lille, April 28, 2017.

Compositions

‘22. Shattering in Seven Pieces for Dream and Wedding and Death: for string quartet. Cambridge, UK, April 2022.

‘22. Thus Spoke Earth: for violin, piano, and fixed media. Cambridge, UK - New York, USA, February 2022.

‘21. Through a Veil: for wind quintet and fixed media. Cambridge, England, April 2021.

'21. Vāyuvēra: for piano trio. Cambridge, UK, April 2021.

'20. Ānam Ārezust: for ensemble. Cambridge, UK, 2020.

'20. Asha: for flute. New York, 2020.

'19. The Gāthās for Piano: Ahunavaiti Gāthā, stanza III. New York, 2019.

'19. Mira: for violin and electronics. New York, 2019.

'18. The Gāthās for Piano: Ahunavaiti Gāthā, stanza II. New York, 2018.

'18. The Gāthās for Piano: Ahunavaiti Gāthā, stanza I. New York, 2018.

'17. Impromptu no.6: for piano, electronics, and video art. New York, 2017.

'17. Impromptu no.5: for piano, electronics, and video art. New York, 2017.

'17. Impromptu no.4: for piano, electronics, and video art. New York, 2017.

'17. Impromptu no.3: for piano, electronics, and video art. New York, 2017.

'17. Impromptu no.2: for piano, electronics, and video art. New York, 2017.

'17. Impromptu no.1: for piano, electronics, and video art. New York, 2017.

'17. Scheherazade: Saxophone Quartet No.2. New York, 2017.

'16. Vāyu: for multimedia. New York, 2016.

'16. Retroception: for multimedia. New York, 2016.

'16. Berceuses: for multimedia. New York, 2016.

'16. Ghorbat: for multimedia. New York, 2016.

'15. Hura: for multimedia. New York, 2015.

'15. Satori: for multimedia. New York, 2015.

'15. Dashtestani: for multimedia. New York, 2015.

'15. Dissident: for multimedia. New York, 2015.

'15. Zenith: for multimedia. New York, 2015.

'15. Ramkali: for multimedia. New York, 2015.

'15. Desolation: for multimedia. New York, 2015.

'15. Injustice: for multimedia. New York, 2015.

'15. Shattered Mourning: for multimedia. New York, 2015.

'15. Frenzied: for multimedia. New York, 2015.

'15. Oracle: for microtonal piano. New York, 2015.

'15. Solitude: for microtonal piano. New York, 2015.

'15. Sisyphus: for microtonal piano. New York, 2015.

'15. Annica: for microtonal piano. New York, 2015.

'15. Perception: for microtonal piano. New York, 2015.

'15. Madman: for microtonal piano. New York, 2015.

'15. Satire: for microtonal piano. New York, 2015.

'15. Existence: for microtonal piano. New York, 2015.

'15. Deprivation: for microtonal piano. New York, 2015.

'15. Magnetic: for microtonal piano. New York, 2015.

'15. Subjectivity: for microtonal piano. New York, 2015.

'14. Persia 1909: for four improvising performers. New York, 2014.

'14. Safhe-ye Nakhl: for dozaleh, piano, and electronics. Saman Samadi, dozaleh player, & narrator; Kristin Samadi, pianist; Taha Salmanpour, poet. New York, 2014.

'14. Teryan: for violin and piano. New York, 2014.

'13. Panj: for orchestra, soprano, and baritone. New York, 2013.

'12. Sound and Fury: for large ensemble. Tehran, 2012.

'12. Amiri: an electroacoustic work. Morad-Ali Akbari Hoolari, vocalist. Tehran, 2012.

'12. Tears' Scratch: for two violins. Tehran, 2012.

'12. Magnapinna in the Abdomen of a Newborn: a multimedia work. Tehran, 2012.

'12. Bazzad: for violin and symphony orchestra. Tehran, 2012.

'11. Paj: for flute and piano. Tehran, 2011.

'11. U-Turn: a multimedia work. Tehran, 2011.

'10. Qatār-e Arvāh: an electroacoustic work. Tehran, 2010. 

'09. Symphony in Three Movements. Tehran, 2009.

'08. Apadana’s Amphora: for piano. Tehran, 2008.

'07. Fog and Fugue: for guitar. Tehran, 2007.

'07. Camisado: for chamber orchestra. Tehran, 2007.

'06. Sheyda: for violin and piano. Tehran, 2006.

Publications

‘21. Through a Veil: for wind quintet and fixed media. Saman Samadi Collective. N. Anton Dromia Records, September 6, 2021.

‘21. Asha: for flute. Mehrdad Gholami, flutist. In the album On Pieces for the Flute. Tehran: Mahoor Records, 2021.

'18. Nostalgia: electroacoustic works. New York: Samadis' Records, December 7, 2018.

'18. Chamrosh: works for saxophone. Saman Samadi, saxophone & piano; Anthony Izzo, saxophone; and LX Saxophone Quartet. New York: Samadis' Records, December 7, 2018.

'18. Tears' Scratch: for two violins. Miranda Cuckson & Austin Wulliman, violinists. New York: Samadis' Records, March 20, 2018.

'17. Paj: for flute & piano. Linda Wetherill, flutist; Kristin Samadi, pianist. New York: Samadis' Records, July 2017.

'17. Scheherazade: Saxophone Quartet No.2. LX Saxophone Quartet: Kenny Chen, soprano saxophonist; Mark Kabai, alto saxophonist; Barron Wei, tenor saxophonist; Brian Cho, baritone saxophonist. Recorded at the Lincoln Center, NYC. New York: Samadis' Records, July 17, 2017.

'16. Shekasteh Mouyeh: electroacoustic works. New York: Samadis' Records, December 7, 2016.

'16. Tears' Scratch: for two violins. Miranda Cuckson and Austin Wulliman, violinists. Score Follower: New Music Resource (2016) https://youtu.be/t3hbvTU7UUQ, October 18, 2016.

'16. Āpām Napāt. Saman Samadi, leader & pianist; Blaise Siwula, clarinetist; Hans Tammen, buchla player. New York: Samadis' Records, February 27, 2016.

'15. U-Turn: electroacoustic works. New York: Samadis' Records, March 14, 2015.

'15. Microtonal Piano Solos. Saman Samadi, composer and pianist. New York: Samadis' Records, January 7, 2015.

Performances

'22. Avec Boulez, Mallarmé, et Foucault. Creator & Director: Saman Samadi. Cambridge University Experimental Music Ensemble. Lee Hall, Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, May 14, 2022.

'22. Avec Boulez, Mallarmé, et Foucault. Creator & Director: Saman Samadi. Cambridge University Experimental Music Ensemble. West Road Concert Hall, Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge, May 10, 2022.

'20. The Gāthās for Piano: Ahunavaiti Gāthā, stanza III. Jonathan Powell, pianist. Setkávání Nové Hudby Plus (Meetings of New Music), Janáček Academy (JAMU), Brno (online), December 8, 2020.

'20. The Gāthās for Piano: Ahunavaiti Gāthā, stanza III. Jonathan Powell, pianist. Queen’s University, Belfast, March 5, 2020.

'20. Cornelius Cardew's Treatise. Saman Samadi, setar player; Melissa Grey, sine waves & live processor; David Morneau, trombonist. Curated by Hans Tammen. Spectrum, Brooklyn, February 23, 2020.

'19. Aži Trio. "Dark Circuits Bunker Orchestra & Friends." Saman Samadi, leader, & pianist; Sarah Manning, saxophonist; Hans Tammen, buchla player and curator. New York University, December 6, 2019.

'19. The Gāthās for Piano: Ahunavaiti Gāthā, stanza III. Jonathan Powell, pianist. The Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (HAMU), Prague,  November 15, 2019.

'19. The Gāthās for Piano: Ahunavaiti Gāthā, stanza III. "NeoArte Festival." Jonathan Powell, pianist. Gdansk, October 26, 2019.

'19. The Gāthās for Piano: Ahunavaiti Gāthā, stanzas I, and II. Jared Redmond, pianist. Hanyang University, Seoul, June 3, 2019.

'19. Āpām Napāt Trio. Saman Samadi, leader & pianist; Blaise Siwula, clarinettist; Hans Tammen, buchla player. "LaGCC_CUNY Faculty Concert." Organized by City University of New York, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, New York, March 28, 2019.

'19. The Gāthās for Piano: Ahunavaiti Gāthā, stanzas I, and II. Jared Redmond, pianist. The San Francisco Center for New Music, San Francisco, February 15, 2019.

'19. The Saman Samadi Quintet, and Jorge Nuno. "The Bushwick Improvised Music Series," Organized by Stephen Gauci. Saman Samadi, leader & electronic sounds artist; Sam Zagnit, double-bassist; Caitlin Cawley, percussionist; Martin Movagh, trumpet player; Jorge Nuno, guitarist. Bushwick Public House, Brooklyn, January 7, 2019.

'19. The Saman Samadi Quintet. Saman Samadi, pianist; Amber Evans, vocalist; Sam Zagnit, double-bassist; Caitlin Cawley, percussionist; Martin Movagh, trumpet player; Areté Venue and Gallery, Brooklyn, Jan 3, 2019.

'18. The Saman Samadi Quintet. Saman Samadi, pianist; Amber Evans, vocalist; Sam Zagnit, double-bassist; Caitlin Cawley, percussionist; Martin Movagh, trumpet player. St John's in The Village, New York, Nov 17, 2018.

'18. The Saman Samadi Quintet. Saman Samadi, pianist; Amber Evans, vocalist; Sam Zagnit, double-bassist; Caitlin Cawley, percussionist; Martin Movagh, trumpet player. National Sawdust, Brooklyn, October 23, 2018.

'18. Āpām Napāt Trio. Saman Samadi, leader, pianist, vocalist, violinist; Blaise Siwula, clarinet; Hans Tammen, buchla player. Scholes Street Studio, Brooklyn, July 7, 2018.

'18. Ghorbat: for multimedia. "Tehran International Electroacoustic Music Festival," Organized by Yarava Music Group, Da Theatre House, Tehran, June 8, 2018.

'17. Scheherazade: Saxophone Quartet No.2. LX Saxophone Quartet: Kenny Chen, soprano saxophonist; Mark Kabai, alto saxophonist; Barron Wei, tenor saxophonist; Brian Cho, baritone saxophonist. Lincoln Center. New York, June 22, 2017.

'16. Ghorbat: for piano, voice, and live electronics. "An den Kleinen Radioapparat," Organized by Peter Geisselbrecht, The Firehouse Space, Brooklyn, September 30, 2016.

'16. Āpām Napāt Trio. Saman Samadi, leader & pianist; Blaise Siwula, clarinettist; Hans Tammen, buchla player. Organized by COMA (Citizens Ontological Music Agenda). ABC No-Rio, New York, February 21, 2016.

'16. An Event of Free-Improvisation. Saman Samadi, pianist; Blaise Siwula, clarinettist; Jorge Nuno, guitarist. The Firehouse Space, Brooklyn, January 28, 2016.

'15. Hura: for multimedia. "Supermoon Eclipse," Organized by Samadhi Arts, Sky Gallery, New York, August 27, 2015.

'15. Shekasteh Mouyeh: for piano, voice, electronics, and video. Saman Samadi, pianist, vocalist, video, & electronic sounds artist. Spectrum, New York, May 23, 2015.

'14. Magnapinna in Abdomen of a Newborn: a multimedia composition (2012). New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (NYCEMF), Abrons Arts Center, New York, June 2, 2014.

'14. Bazzad: for violin and Symphony Orchestra. Reading Session. Jaram Kim, violinist; Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra; Timothy Long, director. State University of New York at Stony Brook, Staller Center, Stony Brook, May 6, 2014.

'14. Magnapinna in Abdomen of a Newborn: a multimedia composition (2012). Concert. Sonic Spring, Organized by SUNY Stony Brook, Staller Center, Stony Brook, April 11, 2014.

'13. Sound and Fury: for piano and loudspeakers. Kristin Samadi, pianist. State University of New York at Stony Brook, Staller Center, Stony Brook, November 21. 2013.

'13. Fog and Fugue: for guitar. Dan Keene, guitarist. RCC, Rutherford, NJ, November 8, 2013.

'12. Paj: for flute and piano. Linda Wetherill, flutist, and Kristin Barone, pianist. RCC Rutherford, New Jersey, December 16, 2012.

'12. Paj: for flute and piano. Linda Wetherill, flutist, and Kristin Barone-Samadi, pianist. Culturefix, New York, December 2, 2012.

'12. Paj: for flute and piano. Kouchyar Shahroudi, flutist, and Domitille Bès, pianist, L’ ensemble ECHO, Museum of modern art André Malraux (MuMa), Le Havre, June 29, 2012.

'09. Wine: for piano. Kiana Shafiei, pianist. Art University of Tehran, Tehran, April 22, 2009.

'08. Fog and Fugue: for guitar. Mansoor Habibdoost. Avini Hall, University of Tehran, May 19, 2008.

'07. Camisado: for chamber orchestra. Concentus Orchestra; Saman Samadi, conductor. Roudaki Hall, Tehran, April 29, 2007.

'07. Sheyda: for string orchestra. Concentus Orchestra; Saman Samadi, conductor. Roudaki Hall, Tehran, April 29, 2007.

'06. Sheyda: for violin and piano. Saman Samadi, violin; Behnam Mousavi, pianist. University of Tehran, Avini Hall, Tehran, November 18, 2006.

Contact Details

PH 321, Wolfson College
Barton Rd, Cambridge
CB3 9BB
ss2728@cam.ac.uk