Department of Music and the College
As a composer of both acoustic and electronic music, Sam Pluta fuses these traditionally separate sound worlds, creating sonic spaces that envelop the audience and resulting in a music that is focused on the visceral interaction of instrumental performers with reactive computerized sound worlds. Since 2009, he has served as technical director and composing member of Wet Ink Ensemble, one of the premier new music ensembles in the country. He has written works for Yarn/Wire, the Mivos Quartet, and the International Contemporary Ensemble, among others. Most recently, he composed a new string quartet for the Spektral Quartet, an ensemble-in-residence at the University of Chicago.
He is also an internationally known electronics performer, improviser, and researcher, and has toured with the Peter Evans Quintet, Rocket Science, and the Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble. He has appeared as a composer and performer on over 20 albums of new music and jazz. Pluta has received commissions from the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University and the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, and has participated in residencies at the MacDowell Colony and the I-Park Foundation’s Artists-in-Residence Program.
Pluta received his DMA in music composition from Columbia University and has taught at that institution, as well as at Bennington College, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Walden School.