Samora Abayomi Pinderhughes is a world-renowned pianist and composer. Samora has performed in venues including the White House, the Blue Note, MoMA, the Sundance Film Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, and Carnegie Hall, and has toured internationally with artists including Branford Marsalis, Christian Scott, Jose James, Harvey Mason, and Emily King.
Samora was raised in the Bay Area and moved to New York to study jazz at The Juilliard School. He is the director and creator of The Transformations Suite, an acclaimed project combining music, theatre, and poetry to examine the radical history of resistance within the communities of the African Diaspora.
Samora’s other projects include: I’m Still Here: Letters on Trauma & Healing (prod. Institute for Arts and Civic Dialogue); The James Baldwin Essays: Examining the American Dream Narrative, commissioned by Harlem Stage; The Migration of Protest: Meditations on Jacob Lawrence, for the Museum of Modern Art; and Billy Strayhorn: The Music of the Sutherland Period, for the Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian Museum of American Art.
A composer for film and theatre, Samora is the music director for an upcoming play at Soho Rep and is a Sundance Composers Lab fellow for film scoring. He is also a member of Blackout for Human Rights, and was musical director for their 2016 #MLKNow and #JusticeForFlint events