Samuel Adams

"As a newcomer to Chicago, I can only speak of what I know, but what I know is unmistakable: this city is a terrific place to create and experience music. I cannot wait for EarTaxi Festival. It will be a veritable love-fest.”

Samuel Adams (b. 1985, San Francisco, CA) is a composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music. His inventively orchestrated and atmospheric works, hailed as "wondrously alluring" (The San Francisco Chronicle), “thoroughly ingenious" (The San Francisco Examiner) and “mesmerizing, music of a composer with a personal voice and keen imagination” (The New York Times), draw from a diverse array of musical influences, including noise music, jazz, and field recording.

He has received commissions from Carnegie Hall, 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. Adams was recently named a Mead composer-in-residence with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Recent highlights include collaborations with choreographer Robert Dekkers and percussionist Andrew Meyerson, pianist Sarah Cahill, and violinist Anthony Marwood, for whom Adams wrote a concerto that was met with critical acclaim. In the fall of 2014, his Drift and Providence, a work co-commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony and New World Symphony, was featured as part of the San Francisco Symphony’s national tour.