Samuel Adams is a composer whose works draw from noise, digital culture, and traditional forms. He is currently Composer-in-Residence with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and curates the CSO’s contemporary music series MusicNOW. Current projects include works for Esa Pekka Salonen and the CSO, Spektral Quartet, The Australian Chamber Orchestra and collaborations with cellist Katinka Kleijn and pianist Conor Hanick. Adams currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The focus of my work at Civitella was to develop a neural network of guiding principles for a new chamber concerto. Along the way, I stumbled upon an entirely new approach to material creation (entirely new to me, at least). I will certainly add this to my methodology moving forward. My procrastination was productive, too. I revised two works from 2014 and read several books on Jazz.
I am grateful to have had this experience. Civitella is a gift.