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Biography

Saman Samadi is a Persian-American composer & artist-researcher. He is currently undertaking research at the University of Cambridge, pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Music. 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 and heterophonic textures, complex polyrhythms and polymeters. He received his degree in Mathematics from NODET, an Iranian educational institution for mathematical prodigies. He then entered the University of Tehran where he earned his BA in Music Performance and MA in Composition. While studying there, Alireza Mashayekhi, an internationally regarded composer, became his teacher. From 2006-2009, 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. In 2014, his work was selected for a premiere at the NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival. In 2015, the NYFA awarded Samadi an Artist Diploma. 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 2018, he invited various alumni from the Manhattan School of Music to form the Saman Samadi Quintet. He is also the leader of two New York City-based improvisatory ensembles, Āpām Napāt Trio, and Aži Trio. He is a former faculty member of the City University of New York, Music School of New York City, and the Piano School of NYC. His research at Cambridge University is under the supervision of Professor Richard Causton. Samadi is a Grantham Scholar and the President of the Music Society at Wolfson College.

 

Academic Degrees, Certificates, & Awards

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

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

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

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

Diploma from the NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program: Performing and Multimedia Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York, 2015.

Doctoral Studies in Music Composition, State University of New York, Stony Brook, 2013 - 2015.

Selected Composer: for a multimedia composition (2012). New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (NYCEMF),
New York, 2014.

PhD Scholarship, State University of New York, Stony Brook, 2013 - 2015.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Research

Composition
Microtonality
Electroacoustic Music
Improvisation
Performance Practice of New Music
Philosophy

Publications

Key publications: 

Research Expositions, & Presentations

'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. Soon to be published.

'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. Microtonal Piano Solos. Research Exposition. Research Catalogue (2019) https://doi.org/10.22501/rc.755313, December 11, 2019.

'19. Samadi, Saman. U-Turn. Research Exposition. Research Catalogue (2019) https://doi.org/10.22501/rc.754678, December 9, 2019.

'19. Samadi, Saman. Chamrosh. Research Exposition. Research Catalogue (2019) https://doi.org/10.22501/rc.753966, December 7, 2019.

'19. Samadi, Saman. Nostalgia. Research Exposition. Research Catalogue (2019) https://doi.org/10.22501/rc.753343, December 5, 2019.

'19. Samadi, Saman.The Gāthās for Piano. Research Exposition. Research Catalogue (2019) https://www.researchcatalogue.net/view/751189/751190, December 2, 2019.

'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.

'19. Samadi, Saman. The Saman Samadi Quintet. Research Exposition. Research Catalogue (2019) https://www.researchcatalogue.net/view/756591/756592/0/0, January 8, 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.

'18. Samadi, Saman. Apām Napāt Trio. Research Exposition. Research Catalogue (2019) https://www.researchcatalogue.net/view/761267/761268/0/0, April 1, 2018.

'17. Samadi, Saman. Impromptus for piano and electronics. Research Exposition. Research Catalogue  (2019) https://www.researchcatalogue.net/view/760042/760043, July 7, 2017.

'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.

'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 03, 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.

'15. Samadi, Saman. Shekasteh Mouyeh. Research Exposition. Research Catalogue (2019) https://www.researchcatalogue.net/view/730138/730139, May 23, 2015.

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

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

'14. Samadi, Saman. Paj: for flute and piano. Lecture-Performance, Performed by Nicole Camacho, and Kristin Samadi. State University of New York at Stony Brook, Staller Center, Stony Brook, April 8, 2014.

'12. Samadi, Saman. Qatār-e Arvāh: a fixed media composition (2010). Lecture-Concert. Electroacoustic Music Event, City University of New York's Queens College, LeFrak Hall, New York, December 4, 2012.

'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.

Compositions, & Published Records

'21. Vāyuvēra: for piano trio. Composition. Cambridge, England, in progress.

'20. Ānam Ārezust: for ensemble. Composition. Cambridge, England, December 30, 2020.

'20. Aša: for flute. Composition. Queens, New York, June 11, 2020.

'19. The Gāthās for Piano: Ahunavaiti Gāthā, stanza III. Composition. Queens, New York, August 7, 2019.

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

'18. The Gāthās for Piano: Ahunavaiti Gāthā, stanza II. Composition. Manhattan, New York, December 29, 2018.

'18. The Gāthās for Piano: Ahunavaiti Gāthā, stanza I. Composition. Manhattan, New York, December 27, 2018.

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

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

'18. Shekasteh Mouyeh: electroacoustic works. Digital Record. New York: Samadis' Records, December 7, 2018.

'18. Tears' Scratch: for two violins. Digital Record. Miranda Cuckson, violinist; Austin Wulliman, violinist. New York: Samadis' Records, March 20, 2018.

'17. Paj: for flute and piano. Digital Record. Linda Wetherill, flautist; Kristin Samadi, pianist. New York: Samadis' Records, July 24, 2017.

'17. Scheherazade: Saxophone Quartet No.2.  Digital Record. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

'17. Scheherazade: Saxophone Quartet No.2.  Composition. New York, New York, June 1, 2017.

'16. Vāyu: for multimedia. Composition. New York, New York, November 1, 2016.

'16. Retroception: for multimedia. Composition. New York, New York, October 18, 2016.

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

'16. Berceuses: for multimedia. Composition. New York, New York, October 7, 2016.

'16. Tears' Scratch: for two violins. Recording. Miranda Cuckson, violin; Austin Wulliman, violin. New York, New York, October 6, 2016.

'16. Ghorbat: for multimedia. Composition. New York, New York, September 20, 2016.

'16. Āpām Napāt. Digital Record. New York: Samadis' Records, February 27, 2016.

'15. Hura: for multimedia. Composition. New York, New York, July 28, 2015.

'15. Shekasteh Mouyeh: for multimedia. Composition. New York, New York, May 8, 2015.

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

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

'15. Oracle: for microtonal piano. Composition. New York, New York, January 7, 2015.

'15. Solitude: for microtonal piano. Composition. New York, New York, January 7, 2015.

'15. Sisyphus: for microtonal piano. Composition. New York, New York, January 7, 2015.

'15. Annica: for microtonal piano. Composition. New York, New York, January 7, 2015.

'15. Perception: for microtonal piano. Composition. New York, New York, January 7, 2015.

'15. Madman: for microtonal piano. Composition. New York, New York, January 7, 2015.

'15. Satire: for microtonal piano. Composition. New York, New York, January 7, 2015.

'15. Existence: for microtonal piano. Composition. New York, New York, January 7, 2015.

'15. Deprivation: for microtonal piano. Composition. New York, New York, January 7, 2015.

'15. Magnetic: for microtonal piano. Composition. New York, New York, January 7, 2015.

'15. Subjectivity: for microtonal piano. Composition. New York, New York, January 7, 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. Persia 1909: for four improvising performers. Composition. Brooklyn, New York, April 19, 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.

'14. Safhe-ye Nakhl: for dozaleh, piano, and electronics. Composition. Saman Samadi, dozaleh player, & narrator; Kristin Samadi, pianist; Taha Salmanpour, poet. New York, New York, November 15, 2014.

'14. Teryan: for violin and piano. Composition. Brooklyn, New York. October 26, 2014.

'14. Teryan: for violin and piano. Recording. Saman Samadi, violinist; Kristin Samadi, pianist. Brooklyn, New York. February 15, 2014.

'13. Panj: for orchestra, soprano, and baritone. Composition. New York, New York, November 24, 2013.

'12. Sound and Fury: for large ensemble. Composition. Tehran, December 30, 2012.

'12. Amiri: an electroacoustic work. Composition. Morad-Ali Akbari Hoolari, vocalist. Tehran, December 9, 2012.

'12. Tears' Scratch: for two violins. Composition. Tehran, August 15, 2012.

'12. Magnapinna in the Abdomen of a Newborn: a multimedia work. Composition. Tehran, June 24, 2012.

'12. Bazzad: for violin and symphony orchestra. Composition. Tehran, June 14, 2012.

'11. Paj: for flute and piano. Composition. Tehran, September 2, 2011.

'11. U-Turn: a multimedia work. Composition. Tehran, January 28, 2011.

'10. Qatār-e Arvāh: an electroacoustic work. Composition. Tehran, October 14, 2010. 

'09. Symphony in Three Movements. Composition. Tehran, July 15, 2009.

'08. Apadana's Amphora: for piano. Composition. Tehran, November 28, 2008.

'07. Fog and Fugue: for guitar. Composition. Tehran, November 6, 2007.

'07. Camisado: for chamber orchestra. Composition. Tehran, January 16, 2007.

'06. Sheyda: for violin and piano. Composition. Tehran, August 15, 2006.

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Doctoral Researcher
President, Wolfson College Music Society
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 Saman  Samadi

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