Sam Wilson is a UK-based percussionist and composer, who studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating with the Lord Mayor’s Prize. Committed to new music, he has premiered works by Rolf Hind, Larry Goves, Joseph Phibbs, Andrew Hamilton and Peter Wiegold. In his solo performances Sam combines the presentation of newly commissioned work with his own arrangements, repertoire exploring the inherent theatre of percussion, and projects featuring electronic and visual elements.
Recent engagements include Claude Vivier’s Cinq Chansons pour Percussion at the Roundhouse, a Faster Than Sound project working with Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor, Mara Carlyle and Max De Wardener, performing in both the concert and staged performances of Aldeburgh Music’s Grimes On The Beach (winner of the What’s On Stage ‘Event of the Year’ award and BBC Music Magazine’s award for ‘Best Opera Recording’), and Medea at the National Theatre in music by Goldfrapp. In 2013 at the Royal Opera House Sam was onstage percussionist in the world premiere of Julian Philips’ How The Whale Became. He regularly collaborates with cellist Oliver Coates, including numerous appearances at the Southbank’s Harmonic Series, and recently collaborated with him in the UK Premiere of Andrew Hamilton’s seminal music for people who like art.
Sam specialises in interdisciplinary collaboration and his compositions have been performed at the Royal Festival Hall and Snape Maltings. He recently composed music for May 08 (at the Bridewell Theatre), a devised play directed by Richard Wilson and Dinah Stabb, which he also played and acted.
In 2015 Sam joined the percussion quartet 4-Mality, who perform at numerous music festivals and commission new works. He regularly collaborates with composer and electro-artist Anna Meredith, playing in her live shows and creating material with her. He shared writing credits on her album Varmints, which won “Scottish Album of the Year” and receieved 5-Star reviews by the Guardian and the Financial Times. He is also a member of the hip-hop comedy act Abandoman, called by the Sunday Times “Best Musical Show” at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe. Their recent engagements include Glastonbury, the Adelaide Fringe Festival and support for Ed Sheeran’s major UK tour.