Discipline: Music Composition

Samora Pinderhughes

Discipline: Music Composition
Region: New York, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2022

Samora Pinderhughes is a composer, pianist, violinist, and vocalist known for striking intimacy and carefully crafted, radically honest lyrics. He uses his music to examine sociopolitical issues and the fight for change.

He has collaborated with artists like Sara Bareilles, Glen Ligon, Daveed Diggs, Lalah Hathaway, Herbie Hancock, and Common with whom he works often. Samora has performed 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.

A Sundance Composers Lab Fellow, Samora scored the award-winning documentary Whose Streets? and the Field of Vision film Concussion Protocol. Samora is the first-ever Art for Justice + Soros Justice Fellow, given to him in support of his project "The Healing Project". He is also a recipient of Chamber Music America’s 2020 Visionary Award and is currently working on his Ph.D. from Harvard’s creative practice and critical inquiry program.



Samora Pinderhughes worked in the Watson studio.

Built in 1916 in memory of Regina Watson of Chicago, a musician and teacher, this studio was donated by a group of her friends, along with funds for its maintenance. Originally designed to serve as a composers’ studio with room for performance, Watson was used as a recital hall for chamber music for a…

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