Samora Pinderhughes is a composer/pianist/vocalist/multidisciplinary artist known for striking intimacy and carefully crafted, radically honest lyrics alongside high-level musicianship. He is also known for using his music to examine sociopolitical issues and fight for change.
Samora has collaborated with artists across boundary and scene including Common, Herbie Hancock, Sara Bareilles, Daveed Diggs, Titus Kaphar, Lalah Hathaway, Robert Glasper, and Karriem Riggins. He has also toured internationally with artists including Branford Marsalis, Christian Scott, Jose James, and Emily King.
Samora is a recipient of Chamber Music America’s 2020 Visionary Award; 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; it is produced by Anna Deavere Smith, Vijay Iyer, and Glenn Ligon. He is also the creator of the projects The Transformations Suite and PROCESS.
Samora also scored the award-winning documentary “Whose Streets?” and the Field of Vision film Concussion Protocol. 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.
Samora works in the tradition of the black surrealists throughout the African Diaspora, those who bend word, sound and image towards the causes of revolution.