Shade Studies examines the counterpoint between the acoustic resonance of the piano and sine waves. The music is quiet and built of cadences, silences, and repeated gestures. As the work unfolds, the two resonance systems engage through masking and illumination, creating a brief exploration of musical “shade.” This work was generously commissioned by Russ Irwin and is dedicated to Sarah Cahill and Terry Riley.
-Samuel Carl Adams
Samuel Adams is a composer from San Francisco, California. He has worked with many leading voices in classical and contemporary music, including conductors David Robertson and Esa-Pekka Salonen, pianist Emanuel Ax, Spektral Quartet, and The Living Earth Show. He has been the recipient of residencies from Civitella Ranieri Foundation and the Visby International Centre for Composers as well as commissions from Carnegie Hall, the San Francisco Symphony, and the Chicago Symphony. In 2015 he was named a Mead Composer-in-Residence with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Adams grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area where he participated in the improvised music community from a young age. He attended Stanford University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in composition and electroacoustic music while performing contrabass in the Bay Area. He received a master's degree in composition from The Yale School of Music.