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Samora Pinderhughes

Samora Pinderhughes is a composer/pianist/vocalist known for striking intimacy and carefully crafted, radically honest lyrics alongside high-level musicianship. He is also known for his use of music to examine sociopolitical issues and fight for change.

Samora is the first-ever Art for Justice + Soros Justice Fellow, and a recipient of Chamber Music America’s 2020 Visionary Award. He has also been designated as a Creative Capital awardee, a Joe’s Pub / Public Theater NYC Artist-in-Residence, and a Sundance Composers Lab fellow. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School and is currently getting his PhD at Harvard University. His newest project, The Healing Project is an interview-based multidisciplinary work focusing on experiences of incarceration, detention, and policing, and will debut in 2021 at Carnegie Hall; it is produced by his mentor Anna Deavere Smith as well as Vijay Iyer and Glenn Ligon.

Samora has collaborated with many artists across boundary and scene including Herbie Hancock, Sara Bareilles, Daveed Diggs, Titus Kaphar, and Lalah Hathaway. He works frequently with Common on compositions for music & film, and is a featured member on the new albums August Greene and Let Love with Common, Robert Glasper, and Karriem Riggins. He has performed his compositions in venues including Carnegie Hall, MoMA, the Sundance Film Festival, and the Kennedy Center, and toured internationally with artists including Branford Marsalis, Christian Scott, Jose James, and Emily King.
Samora scored the award-winning documentary “Whose Streets?” and the Field of Vision film Concussion Protocol, as well as writing songs for films and TV shows including Little VoiceThe Tale, All About Nina, and Burning Sands. He is a member of Blackout for Human Rights, the arts & social justice collective founded by Ryan Coogler and Ava DuVernay, and was musical director for their #MLKNow and #JusticeForFlint events.