Saman Samadi is a Persian avant-garde composer, performer, and improviser residing in New York City. Samadi has written an extensive amount of repertoire including large scale orchestral works, chamber music for various combinations, solo instruments, and electro-acoustic music. His music has been performed and recorded by Miranda Cuckson, Austin Wulliman, Linda Wetherill, Anthony Izzo, Kristin Samadi, ensemble ECHO, LX saxophone quartet, Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra, Jaram Kim, Erika Dohi, Laura Smith, Dan Keene, and Behnam Mousavi. Samadi’s works has been presented at Lincoln Center, Spectrum NYC, The Firehouse Space, Abrons Arts Center, LeFrak Concert Hall at The Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College CUNY, ShapeShifter Lab, Harvestworks, Drawing Room, Culture Fix, Sky Gallery, ABC No Rio, W10 Music and Performing Arts Center, Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook University, Museum of modern art André Malraux (MuMa) in Le Havre, Avini Hall at The College of Fine Arts UT, and Roudaki Hall. He has also collaborated with Hans Tammen and Blaise Siwula for various improvisatory performances. Samadi has published six albums including: Microtonal Piano Solos, Shekasteh Mouyeh, U-Turn, Āpām Napāt, Chamrosh, Nostalgia. Samadi’s music has been influenced by the “New Complexity”. He developed his own unique style which entails a new system of pitch organization that uses microtones from traditional Persian music, improvisation, complex poly-rhythms, and heterophonic texture. In addition, Samadi improvises on the piano which has had a great impact on his compositions. He is also a Baritone and uses traditional Persian techniques in his singing. Samadi is also an artist who has used graphic design, oil painting and photography as his medium. Samadi is the director and co-founder of Samadis’ which organizes an annual international composition competition and concert series. Also, Samadis’ records is a contemporary classical music record label based in New York City.
Samadi attended NODET (National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents) for middle school, high school and pre-university studies in Sari, Iran. He was awarded a diploma in Mathematics from this institution. Samadi holds a B.A. in Violin Performance and an M.A. in Composition from the University of Tehran. He was ranked 2nd nationally for the mandatory graduate entrance concours. During his M.A. he studied with Alireza Mashayekhi. Samadi was offered a full scholarship as well as a full teaching assistantship for the PhD program in composition at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. During his time there he studied with Daria Semegen. Samadi has had various notable achievements over the years. He was awarded an Artist Diploma for the 2015 New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program. His work was chosen to be performed at The New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival in June 2014. His composition “Paj” has won first prize for the 2012 Counterpoint-Italy International Composition Competition. In 2009 Samadi won an award for the 24th annual Fadjr International Music Festival. He was also the director and conductor of Concentus Orchestra from 2006-2009. The repertoire consisted of baroque and contemporary works which included some of his own compositions. Most recently Samadi has taken on film scoring for international independent films. He also serves as the assistant to Dr. Sandra Sprecher, director of the contemporary music venue The Firehouse Space. Samadi has his own private teaching studio and is also instructor at various music schools in NYC.