Sam has an active interest in both popular and classical
music. He is currently developing The Memes - a soul/dance
project and Summer Dreams - an ongoing compositional project that
combines minimalism and improvisation. His piece "4G", for violin
and piano, was a finalist in the 1992 Cornelius Cardew
Sam Fendrich (b. 1947, Novosibirsk, Siberia) is a composer who
lives in London. His interest in music began at the age of
fifteen after hearing Charlie Mingus' "Better Get It In Your
Soul" at the school jazz club. He has been a life-long fan of
Charlie Mingus ever since.
Soon after this event Sam bought a double bass from his local
second-hand music store, and he began playing with folk and jazz
bands. About that time the National Youth Jazz Orchestra was
formed and Sam joined as its first bass player. His jazz ballad
"Negev" was recorded by the NYJO on its first album.
After a year as a
professional poker player he decided to concentrate on a career
as a contemporary jazz bass player, writing for several of his
From 1969 -1972 he studied double bass at the Royal Academy of
Music where he became a proficient chess player, as well as
developing some interest in classical music. At the age of thirty
he dropped out of music to pursue his interest in mathematical
philosophy. Sam studied at the London School of Economics,
received his doctorate in 1987, and then returned to music as a
- Octophobibone for solo trombone and computer
programme. Octophobibone was first broadcast on
BBC Radio 3's Mixing It. It has since been
recorded for Unknown Public, UP04 (Musical Machinery).
- Transfigured Lunch Hour for computer,
recorded on Unknown Public, UP07 (The Netherlands
- Etude Brutus 27 recorded on 54 Music
Miniatures, volume 2 (Discus 5 CD), part of the open-ended Etude
Brutus sequence. A two-tier construction. Tier one: generic
virtual keyboard improvisation (Everything you wanted to
know about Cecil Taylor, but were afraid to ask). Tier
two: 3-D cut and paste (Some things you didn't want to
know about William Burroughs but were told anyway).
- Birds Are Odd - a song written for and
performed by The New London Children's Choir.
- Thirty-nine songs for Humphrey the Bear - an
Australian television series for children.
- Gentler Fire - a large scale work for solo
- PQ1 - four movements for piano quintet.
- Strange Attractor - for four soprano
- Now The Rain and Heading For A
Broken Heart - two songs on the Amnesty International CD
- Wanderers Through The Night, Xmas
Again and Millennium 3000; three
commissioned full length shows for children.
- ETUDE BRUTUS (90 mins.) performed at
Huddersfield music festival for SAN.
- Shulamite Requiem for electronic choir.
- If You Believe in Xmas song broadcast by
Classic FM over Xmas 1998 and 1999 and performed in concert by
New London Children's Choir.
- NU-AGE for solo violin and tape.
- The Trombonist from Shanghai written for and
performed by Alan Tomlinson at Colourscape festivals.
- Revelations score for film of the same
- The Unquestioned Answer for string quartet
- Square Replacement movement for string
- Janusberg 5D Electro-Symphony
- Henry Miller Bone Concerto concerto for tape
and improvising trombone
- Swimming twelve movement electronic piece (2002)
- Dancing with the Boys at DD's Jazz Funk CD (2002)
- A Piece for the Wicked concerto for piano and electronics (2004)
- KOBO for oboe oboe + tape. Played by Katherine Pluygers at London Wind Festival 2004
- Von Entropicalto Memes concerto for trombone + pre-recorded elecronics (2006)
- Entangled Pairs (2007) Largescale performance piece (40') for trombone, dancers, electronics and tape. (In collaboration with Frank Herbsleb - Danish trombonist and improvisor)
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