Samuel Penderbayne in an Australian composer based in Hamburg, Germany.
His work focuses on combining elements of modern music genres with the classical music tradition through hybridisation and cultural exchange. For example, this may include: incorporating electronics and electronic instruments, using grooves, riffs and beat-like patterns, referring to hook-/chorus-like themes and chord patterns, and performing as a composer-performer, in classical music contexts where these elements may be often considered foreign. This approach extends to aspects of musical multiculturality in that elements of non-Western music are incorporated in his works through a hybridisation process.
To this extent, Samuel is developing an approach to composition called 'Cross-Genre Composition' in a Doctoral Thesis at the Hamburg University of Music and Theatre in partnership with the Hamburg State Opera and the Claussen-Simon Foundation. Part of this project was the development of a full-length chamber opera featuring this compositional approach, I.th.Ak.A., which premiered on the 6th of April, 2018, to critical acclaim. Following on, he received commissions from the Deutsche Oper Berlin to compose a full-length children's opera for their 2019 season based on The Snow Queen (libretto by Christian Schönefelder, to be directed by Brigitte Dethier) and a re-invitation from the Hamburg State Opera to compose a full-length (and full-sized) opera based on the Swedish cult film Fucking Åmål for their 2020 season (libretto by Johannes Blum). In addition, Samuel is working on a music-theatre piece for Klangfest (Kampnagel, KinderKinder e.V., Heiko Hensel), a new work for the Zentaur Quartet (as part of the Music Prize of the City of Munich) and a long work for the Dutch star cellist Maya Fridman for the Gaudeamus Muziekweek in 2020.
As a counterpoint to his endeavours in contemporary classical music, Samuel leads the Prog-/Art-Rock band Sam Panda and The Teeth: a concept-band with musicians from diverse background such as classical, alternative rock, electronica and jazz. Additionally, Samuel is a passionate partner for interdisciplinary productions, especially in theatre but also in film and visual media. Experience includes: theatre works at Schauspielhaus Frankfurt (Ersan Mondtag), Theater Bremen (Levin Handschuh) und Theater Trier (Tilman Knabe), dance productions at Kampnagel (Patricia Carolin Mai) and Tanztendenz (Bui Rouch) and feature films for Viki Alesandrovic, Florian Seufert and Xenox Pictures.