Sam C. Roberts is a musician, composer and sonic artist based in the UK. His work fuses an eclectic range of influences into a technically complex, yet emotionally driven sound. Sam’s music primarily follows two broadly overlapping paths. Firstly, works focused on the bass guitar, electronic synthesis and other acoustic (often percussive) elements. Secondly, atmospheric pieces that combine abstract sound, electronics and music to create absorbing, film-like narrative.
He studied composition with Nicholas Sackman at the University of Nottingham and both acousmatic and traditional composition with Jonty Harrison and Vic Hoyland at the University of Birmingham before completing his PhD (A Portfolio of Compositions Expanding the Role of the Electric Bass Guitar in Contemporary Western Art Music) under the supervision of Paul Whitty at Oxford Brookes University in 2014. This experience cemented his passion for exploring and expanding the role, technical possibilities and sonic palette of the bass guitar in all forms of modern music.
Sam has performed as a solo artist and sideman across the world, from living room concerts in the UK to large festivals in Europe, Australia and beyond. His work has also been performed and exhibited worldwide. Highlights include: performances at HRH Prog, Cornbury Festival, RAMA Aarhus and Birmingham Symphony Hall; exhibitions at the Bath Festival, The Adelaide Festival of Arts and Audiograft Oxford; concerts and tours with the likes of Renny Jackson, the English Symphony Orchestra and Oktopus.
Sam also works as a freelance music copyist/engraver and in audio mixing and production. His clients include Mira Calix, Jeffrey Holmes, the estate of Tim Souster, John Jubert, Michael Bochmann, Anne LeBaron and many others.
I’m in awe of the artistry, and am still smiling from the musical journeyJ. J. Thayer, Divide and Conquer, September 2020
the playing and arrangements are of such a high level that my mouth hung open in amazement with each cutDino DiMuro, October 2021
‘Escapism’ has a restless energy and a sense of exploration in its travelling from fusion to punky prog. Tuneful throughout, it displays all sides of Sam C. Roberts’ talents as a player on basses, punky guitars, keyboards and synths, and as a writer and arranger. One to keep an eye on.Martin Burns, dprp.net October 2021