Samuel Hertz is a Berlin-based composer, researcher, and curator working at the intersections of psychoacoustics and expanded listening practices. He received his MFA at Mills College, studying composition with Pauline Oliveros, Fred Frith, and Zeena Parkins, and producing/performing with Morton Subotnick. His work has recently been performed in France, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Sweden, the U.K., as well as Center for New Music, BAM/PFA, Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, and Harvestworks (USA), among others. As a recipient of the 2017 DARE Prize for Radical Interdisciplinarity (University of Leeds/Opera North: Leeds, UK), his current research project concerns affective crossings between humans and environment, ecological soundings, and geophysical/atmospheric infrasonic sound. His research includes publications in association with Studio Tomas Saraceno and the Royal College of Art/Imperial College (London, UK), lectures at the American Association of Geographers, Lancaster University, University of Leeds, Beloit College, Liverpool John Moores University, Ohio University, and FH Potsdam and a guest editor position at Temporary Art Review. Recent events included a performance/installation of an IMAX film at the National Science + Media Museum (Bradford, UK), a month-long residency at The Tetley (Leeds, UK), and month-long residency at the Visby International Centre for Composers (Visby, SE). He is currently working with the production company CASA*MARZIANO on a commission for the Macerata Opera Festival on connections between seismic sound and folk songs (Macerata, IT).
Samuel is a frequent collaborator of a number of American and European performance and dance companies/choreographers, creating immersive sound design, installations, and live performance situations in such places as ImPulsTanz (Vienna, AT), ICI/CCN (Montpellier, FR), DOCK11 (Berlin, DE), Charleroi Danse/La Raffinerie (Brussels, BE), CounterPulse (San Franscisco, USA), Rencontres Chorégraphiques de Seine-Saint-Denis (Paris, FR), and UltimaVez Studios (Brussels, BE).
As a performer himself, he has appeared in Mark Jeffery/Judd Morrissey's performance piece The Labors at the Museum of Contemporary Art, The Precession at the Hyde Park Arts Center, Defibrillator Performance Gallery and Arizona State University, and The Operature, premiered in Chicago in March of 2014, after having been performed in various previous iterations at York St. John University (York, UK), Kings College (London, UK), and various locations around Chicago.
9 July - 9 August: Macerata Opera Festival -- We can be waves (Macerata, IT)
17 August: A/V Performance @ REVOLVE AVL (Asheville, USA)
10 - 20 September: Performance and residency with choreographer Anya Kravchenko (St. Petersburg + Moscow, RU)
23 - 29 September: Northern Europe dates w/Blacklodge + em.g
26 - 29 October: A/V Performance @ Swiss Museum of Electronic Music Instruments (Fribourg, CH)
25 November - 9 December: STÖRLAUT w/Jule Flierl (Nantes + Valenciennes, FR)