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Sam Krahn

Great Falls, MT   

Sam Krahn is a guitarist, performer, composer, and teacher. He is a founding member of the Minneapolis composer collective 113. His works have been performed by members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Fidelio Trio, Ensemble Uusinta, Ensemble Dal Niente, Duo Gelland, Tony Steve, Christina Baldwin, Lara Bolton, Benjamin Cold, Lux String Quartet, Rappel-Steinmetz Percussion Duo, Contemporary Music Workshop, the Anaphora Ensemble, the Eugene Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, and many others. He has received numerous commissions to compose new works for Ed Harrison of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Maraca Concerto), Duo Gelland (Resistance/Resonance), the Fidelio Trio (Trio), Harper College (Spring Dirge), Benjamin Cold (flux-mirror), and the Anaphora Contemporary Ensemble (String Quartet No. 1). He participated in the 17th World Saxophone Congress and Festival, the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, the MATA Festival in New York City, the Source Song Festival in Minneapolis, the 2015 Root Signals Electronic Music Festival, and the 70th annual Cheltenham Music Festival in England. In 2014, he received a grant from New Music USA for the creation of flux-mirror, a new 35-minute work for saxophone and electronics. He has participated in artist residencies in 2015 at the Millay Colony in New York and Brush Creek in Wyoming.

Sam recently received a Ph.D. in music composition at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, studying with James Dillon. He also holds a M.Mus. in music composition from Roosevelt University where he studied with Stacy Garrop and Kyong Mee Choi, and a B.Mus. in classical guitar performance from Boston University. Sam is a classically trained and experienced guitarist. He has played in numerous rock bands, classical ensembles, improvisational groups, and as a soloist. Sam also continues to create new music with his improvisation trio, Sound Collision Alliance.

fluidity as riddle

Live performance of my second string quartet, composed in 2014. Premiered in Minneapolis, MN by the Lux String Quartet. Also performed by Ensemble Uusinta at the MATA Festival in 2014.

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Score for a recent composition for piano, violin, and cello (2014). Premiered by the Fidelio Trio at the Cheltenham Music Festival in Cheltenham, England.


Live recording of a work for two violins. Performed by Duo Gelland in Minneapolis, MN in 2013.

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