Samuel Burt is a composer in Baltimore, Maryland. As a board member of the High Zero Foundation since 2005, he has helped curate the High Zero Festival, Red Room series, and Worlds in Collusion. His compositions have been performed across the U.S. As an improviser, he has performed numerous times in the international High Zero Festival as well as venues along the East Coast. High Zero Festival 2018 took him to Chicago and New York to play with musicians in those cities.
Currently he performs in the avant free jazz band Coy Fish. He facilitates the monthly musical improvisation workshop called the Volunteers' Collective. His instrumental performance focuses on clarinets and the daxophone, an instrument he builds and sells. His current electronic music projects focus on performer-computer interactivity, guided indeterminacy, multi-channel spatialization and sound design.
Samuel Burt recently won a Maryland State Arts Council grant for music in 2018. He debuted new works at Artscape's Worlds in Collusion 2018 including a piece for daxophones and percussion as well as performing a new work for bass clarinet and marimba. Previous awards include the Prix d'Éte, third prize (2005), an honorable mention in the Macht competition, the Otto Ortman Prize (2004), and a Peabody Career Development Grant (2005).
Burt received his M.M. degrees in composition and computer music from Peabody and his B.Mus from UGA. He has studied composition with Lewis Nielson, Leonard Ball, Christopher Theofanidis, and Geoffrey Wright. He teaches at Towson and Johns Hopkins Universities.