Performing 1/19 @ 2:00
Samora Abayomi Pinderhughes is a composer/pianist/vocalist, known for large multidisciplinary projects and for his use of music to examine socio-political issues. A graduate of Juilliard, Samora has performed in venues including Carnegie Hall, MoMA, the Sundance Film Festival, and the Monterey Jazz Festival, and has toured internationally with artists including Branford Marsalis, Christian Scott and Emily King. His album The Transformations Suite was released in October 2016 to great acclaim, named by Downbeat Magazine and Apple Music as one of the best albums of the year.
A composer for film and theatre as well, Samora is the musical director for the Public Theater’s #BARS workshop and is a Sundance Composers Lab fellow. He has collaborated with Herbie Hancock, Glenn Ligon, Anna Deavere-Smith, Lalah Hathaway and more. Samora is also a member of Blackout for Human Rights, the arts and social justice collective founded by Ryan Coogler and Ava DuVernay; and was the musical director for their #MLKNow and #JusticeForFlint events. He recently scored the award-winning documentary Whose Streets?, which opened the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, and co-wrote the song "The Cross" for the Netflix film Burning Sands along with Common and Robert Glasper.
"Mr. Pinderhughes, an intensely thoughtful young pianist and composer, recently released The Transformations Suite." - Nate Chinen, NY Times
"Turbulence and tension puts a premium on art and artists that can puncture or help process the moment. Samora Pinderhughes is such an artist." - Salon
"With his new album, The Transformations Suite, this gifted musician/composer/activist simply wants to marry the political with the sublime and liberate us through love by whatever means necessary. Is that too much to ask?"
Samora Pinderhughes on the web