Samuel C. Roberts is a composer and bass guitarist born in 1987 (Birmingham, England). His work lies within experimental, avant-garde and improvised sound and has a focus on the expansion and exploration of the bass guitar in Western art music. He studied with Nicholas Sackman at the University of Nottingham, Jonty Harrison and Vic Hoyland at the Univeristy of Birmingham and completed his PhD with Paul Whitty at Oxford Brookes University. His current research concerns itself with the exploration and development of the bass guitar within contemporary Western art music, the expansion of the sonic palette and repertoire of the instrument and the role of the bass guitar within modern music as a whole.
As a composer, Samuel specialises in avant-garde works for the bass guitar, chamber ensembles, electronics and improvisation. His work has been performed by the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, the English Symphony Orchestra and the Allegri Quartet amongst others across Europe. His music has also featured at the Audiograft Festival in Oxford, the RAMA Festival in Aarhus, Denmark and at workshops and clinics across the UK.
As a freelance performer, Samuel has worked extensively in the fields of contemporary art music, fusion and improvisation. Highlights include working with the English Symphony Orchestra, Reuben James, S4C television and the Fine Arts Brass. He also works as a soloist and sound artist.
Samuel also leads composition and bass guitar/performance workshops and clinics in educational institutions. He has worked at the Birmingham Conservatoire, the University of Birmingham, Oxford Brookes University and Music Academy UK as well as in many schools across Birmingham and the West Midlands.