(for repertoire list, see below)

Samuel Dunscombe is a composer-performer specialising in the use of clarinets, computers, and microphones.  From free improvisation to field recording and the performance of contemporary classical repertoire, Samuel is involved in a diverse range of activities.  Some highlights include:

Performances at the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music (Australia), Tokyo Experimental Festival (Japan), Tectonics (Tel Aviv, Athens), World Music Days (Slovenia), Kontraklang (Berlin), Supersense (Australia), Monday Evening Concerts LA (USA), Athens Slingshot Festival (USA), Toronto Electro-Acoustic Symposium (Canada), STEIM (Holland), Cave12 (Switzerland), Adelaide / Melborne / Sydney International Arts Festivals (Australia), Maerz Musik (Berlin).

Free improv collaborations with Seijiro Murayama, Toshimaru Nakamura, Ishikawa Ko, Richard Barrett, Tim Olive, Tetuzi Akiyama, Yoshimoto Yumiko, Mitsui Yoshiko, Murmur Collective, Jim O’Rourke, Joe Talia, Ilan Volkov, Golden Fur.

Premier performances of works by Anthony Pateras, Chikako Morishita, Rebecca Saunders, Wojtek Blecharz, David Chisholm, Jacob Ullman, Cat Hope, Iancu Dumitrescu, Ana Maria Avram, Elise Roy, Hunjoo Jung, Rohan Drape, Maya Dunietz, Carolyn Chen, Eva-Maria Houben.

Special performance projects based around works by Pierluigi Billone (1+1=1), Horatiu Radulescu (Capricorn’s Nostalgic Crickets; Inner Time).

Ongoing collaborative projects with Klaus Lang, Dennis Cooper, Benedetta De Alessi, Golden Fur (with James Rushford and Judith Hamann), Rebecca Lane, Eva-Maria Houben, Hunjoo Jung, trio with Michiko Ogawa and Taku Sugimoto.

Artist talks, guest lectures, and conference presentations at the Sound of Memory Symposium (Goldsmiths, London), Oberlin College (Ohio, USA), Musashino Art University (Tokyo, Japan), Hearing Landscapes Critically (Harvard, USA), Affective Habitus (ANU, Australia), RMIT University (Melbourne, Australia), CALIT2 IDEAS (San Diego, USA).

Field recording projects with Francisco Lopez (Mamori Art Lab), Kate Clark (Parking Lot Park), and an ongoing quixotic attempt to single-handedly create a total sound map of the entire state of California.

Samuel has a DMA in music performance from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), with a dissertation focussing on the massed-clarinet works of Horatiu Radulescu.  He holds a Bachelor of Fine Art (Sound) from RMIT University (Melbourne), and Masters and Bachelors degrees in Music Performance from the VCA in Melbourne, Australia.  From February 2018, Samuel is now a lecturer in clarinet, and the coordinator of winds and percussion, at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

Repertoire list (several years out of date)


Avram, A M Telesma II (bcl and computer assisted sounds)
Berio, L Sequenza IX
Blecharz, W Choice to Remain Silent
Dumitrescu, I
 Metamorphoses (opus 1)
Dunscombe, S All Boundaries (clarinet, electronics)
Dunscombe, S Mass Irrationality (clarinet, field recordings, processing)
Dunscombe, S Poetic Cartography
Jarrell, M Assonance I
Jung, H Gok
Lachenmann, H Dal Niente
Lucier, A In Memoriam Jon Higgins
Lucier, A In Memoriam Stuart Marshall
Lucier, A Still and Moving Lines of Silence in Families of Hyperbolas
Morishita, C Skin, Gelatin, Soot
Radulescu, H Capricorn’s Nostalgic Crickets
Radulescu, H The Inner Time
Radulescu, H Inner Time (various versions)
Rushford, J  *holdmegentlytightly (clarinet, electronics)
Saunders, R Caerulean
Scelsi, G Preghiera Pour un Ombra
Sciarrino, S Let Me Die Before I Wake


Barrett, R Hypnerotomachia
Baxter, S
 Molecular Music Project
Bateta, X Lasting Shadows
Berio, L Agnus
Berio, L O King
Billone, P 1+1=1
Birtwhistle, H 7 Settings of Celan
Carter, E Hiyoku
Chisholm, D Golden Fur
Czernowin, C Duo Leát
Dahm, R Nailed, Unstretched to the Floor
Dunietz, M Golden Fur
Drape, R Another in Another Dark
Dunscombe, S West Park
Dunscombe, S Piece for 26 Clarinets
Feldman, M For Frank O’Hara
Feldman, M Three Clarinets, Cello, and Piano
Ferrari, L Bonjour, Comment Ca Va?
Fusinato, M Parallel Collisions
Garsden, A Faculties
Garsden, A Quartet for clarinet, cello, piano and organised film
Garsden, A The Mathematics of Chaotic Transport 
Guerrero, F
 Delta cephei
Hackbarth, B Out Among the Sharks, a Moving Target
Hayden, S Chorale For David
Helgeson, A Poems of Sheer Nothingness
Kawashima, M Dialogue for my Shadow
Kondo, J Theatre
Lachenmann, H Allegro Sostenuto
Lang, K Der Weg des Prinzen: die Sieben Boten
Lang, K Hungrige Sterne
Lee, E J Tmesis
Lim, L Inguz
Lim, L Veil
Manoury, P Pluton (computer)
Meadowcroft, T Ground Manual
Mccormack, T Aparatus
Neal, K Trio Nr. 5
Neuwirth, O Fondamenta II
Neuwirth, O Ondate I
Nono, L A Pierre…
Pateras, A Broken, then Fixed, then Broken
Pateras, A Nekkersdaal Eden (electronics)
Pauly, M Con Tentaculos
Radulescu, H Capricorn’s Nostalgic Crickets
Radulescu, H Inner Time (various versions)
Roy, É Elicitation
Rushford, J Palestra
Scelsi, G Ko Lho
Scelsi, G Suite for clarinet and flute
Schoenberg, A Pierrot Lunaire
Sciarrino, S Muro d’Orrizonte
Stahnke, M Leierliede
Steen-Andersen, S Study for String Instrument #2 (Whammy pedal)
Ullman, J Disappearing Musics
Xenakis, I Charisma

Large Ensemble

Chen, C Hoods
Feldman, M For Samuel Beckett
Jung, H La Chute d’Icare (clarinet soloist)
Martino, D Triple Concerto (bass clarinet soloist)
Mozart, W A Clarinet Concerto
Pateras, A Immediata concerto for violin and electronics (live operator and joint programmer of electronic component)
Romitelli, F Professor Bad Trip (I, II, III)
Varése, E Déserts

Unspecified Ensemble

Ashley, R Waiting Room
Barrett, R Codex XII
Blonk, J Plopland
Blonk, J Trans-Siberian
Christou, J Epicycle
Dunscombe, S Cartography Event
Hope, C Kuklinski’s Dream
Koch, H W Keys and Knives
Logothetis, A Katarakt
Nargorcka, R Atom Bomb
Rooney, R Duos 1 2 3

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