Samuel Fibich Yulsman

DMA student in Composition

Sam Yulsman is a composer, pianist and multimedia artist whose work spans a wide range of musical idioms.  His work has been performed by ensembles and soloists including Julia den Boer, JACK Quartet, Séverine Ballon, Rage Thormbones, Ensemble Korea, Wet Ink Ensemble, Jeonghyeon Joo, Mivos Quartet, Brandon Lopez and Nina Dante, the New York New Music Ensemble, and loadbang. Multi-media works include Little Moments of Invisible Death,for two pianos and electronics composed and performed with Martin Hiendl, and Land Before Time III - a dance installation co-produced and directed with dancer Justin Cabrillos and poet Gabrielle DaCosta. Yulsman’s work have been performed internationally at festivals and symposiums including TACEC Generación 2018, the 2018 International Computer Music Conference, Ostrava Days 2017, the 2018 Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology Biennial Symposium, Qubit’s “Liminal” series, the 2017 Pacific Rim Music Festival, and the 2016 Wet Ink Large Ensemble Readings.

As a pianist he has also collaborated closely with composers as an interpreter of new works, and with improvisers in contexts where the boundaries between composed and improvised music are porous and easily traversed.  Yulsman has performed and/or recorded in the United States and Europe with artists including Marcela Lucatelli, Stellan Veloce, Anaïs Maviel, Weston Olencki, Brandon Lopez, Biliana Voutchkova, Lester St. Louis, Chris Corsano, Bill Frisell, Ingrid Laubrock, Pheeroan akLaff, Joe Morris, Ryan Muncy, Carla Bozulich, Tyshawn Sorey, Peter Evans, Cyrus McGoldrick (aka The Raskol Khan), CJ Camerieri, Art Lande, John Colpitts (aka Kid Millions), Nicola Hein, Chris Heenan, and Mark Miller.  Important recent performances as an improviser and interpreter include performances of Neo Huckler’s Crackles at Y-E-S fest 2018, the 2018 premiere of Brandon Lopez’s Alls Well That Ends at Issue Project Room in New York City, Kenji Sakai’s Fanfare Towards the Dusk at the Music From Japan Festival 2017, and Chris Pitsiokos’ Working from Postcards is Good Enough If You Are Francis Picabia at Art for Art’s 2017 festival, Justice is Compassion/Not a Police State.