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Samantha Boshnack
February 1 – April 29, 2018

Whether creating sonic explorations with her 14-piece B’shnorkestra or fronting the Sam Boshnack Quintet, composer and trumpeter Samantha Boshnack walks her own path.  After getting a degree in jazz composition from Bard College in 2003, Boshnack moved to Seattle.  She toured extensively with the modern jazz group Reptet for seven years, releasing four albums comprised mostly of her compositions. Since 2011, she has led her own two ensembles, releasing four critically-acclaimed albums and continuing to tour – presenting concerts, workshops, and festival performances. She is a member of the Alchemy Sound Project (a composer-led ensemble featuring composers Sumi Tonooka, Erica Lindsay, Salim Washington, David Arendt, and Boshnack) who released their debut recording in 2016.
Boshnack synthesizes a dazzling array of musical influences in her sophisticated yet fun, highly original compositions—from intricate chamber writing to lush jazz panoramas and funky brass band-inspired grooves.  She has received support and commissioning funds from New Music USA, Meet The Composer, 4Culture, Artist Trust, Jack Straw Productions, New York Foundation of the Arts, Earshot Jazz, among others.  She has attended two Atlantic Center for the Arts Master Artist-in-Residence Programs and was was selected as a 2012 participant in the Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute held at the University of California: Los Angeles.  She has performed or recorded with artists such as Wayne Horvitz, Butch Morris, Eyvind Kang, Jessica Lurie, Oliver Lake, Bobby Previte, Amy Denio, Jim Black, David Byrne, Terry Riley, Robin Holcomb, among others.  
Sponsored by the Herb Alpert Foundation to honor and support jazz artists, 18th Street Arts Center annually hosts its Make Jazz Fellowship, awarded to a jazz composer for a three-month, fully funded residency. This opportunity is for an individual jazz artist to advance or complete a body of original compositions. For three months the Make Jazz Fellow lives and works among artists in sunny Santa Monica, California. The award supports the artist by providing a monthly stipend, a furnished live-in studio, and arranged opportunities to inspire Jazz students in partnership with Los Angeles-area colleges and universities.



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Boshnack in Performance

Sam Boshnack '72 Days' | Live Studio Session

Sam Boshnack’s Concerto for Talking Drum

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