Samuel Burt

is creating Modern Classical Music, Experimental Music, Daxophones




per creation


Samuel Burt is a composer in Baltimore and an active experimental musician playing clarinet, bass clarinet, and daxophone. He lectures at Towson and Johns Hopkins.


   Burt uses Patreon to fund new musical projects. Here you can donate for commissioning and performance of new compositions, recording sessions, and tours. You can help keep culture alive and encourage new music by donating.


   Burt composes for orchestra, soloists, chamber musicians, and invented instruments and creates both fixed-media and live-controlled electroacoustic music. His music encompasses many styles, notation and free improvisation. His scores explore process while evoking playful free-sounding rhythms. His collaborations explore the frontiers of new sounds, in-the-moment composition, and musical textures that avoid the familiar idioms. His electronic music involves algorithms and live processing.
   Experimentalism led him to constructing instruments that require a fundamentally different performance practice: Hans Reichel’s daxophone, based on bowing wood. He has constructed 20+, shipping globally. He plays the daxophone regularly as an improviser and in his compositions.


   Curious to know about Samuel Burt? Keep reading!


   Burt has played hundreds of concerts in many music settings. For fourteen years, he’s been a co-curator of the High Zero Festival and the Red Room series, performing with international improvisers.

Projects of interest:
2019: Maria Shesiuk and Burt electroacoustic album.
2018-2019: Sarah Hughes’ Coy Fish. Free improvisation, word art, audience participation.
2018, 2015, 2013, 2008: Worlds in Collusion. Debuted new works at Baltimore’s Artscape public art festival including Wide Sunset, a 35 minute electroacoustic video piece, and numerous chamber works.
2015-2019: Volunteers’ Collective improvisation workshop
2009: Lucier’s Music for Solo Performer, Mobtown Modern. Burt’s brain waves triggered percussion instruments.
2004-2018: Public, guerilla-style experimental music and actions, including an outdoor improvised chamber orchestra attacked by zombies.
2007-2010: AfterNow. Co-founded an organization for adventurous Baltimore composers, self-producing concerts of new music.


YEAR: commissioner, work title
2017: Lisa Weiss, Mixed Signals.2015: Mark Miller, music for the Baltimore Rock Opera Society performance of Revival which was performed at the Baltimore Creative Alliance and Artscape and recorded in the studios at WTMD.
2012: The Billings Teachers Association, Rain Making Construct.
2008: John Berndt, software and audio manipulation for a video piece entitled Asimina Chremos Forever.2005: Cory Kasprzyk, Fountain Resonances.
2005: Jeremy Bagayos, Uncoiled Oscillations. This became the title track of his album of double bass music.
2001: Randolph Elliot, Ernstmusik for chamber orchestra.
In addition, Burt has programmed software on commission for installation, composition, and performance.


Wide Sunset. Samuel Burt. 2017. Video.
Uncoiled Oscillations. Jeremy Bagayos. OCD Media / OObermusik, 2005. Compact Disc.
Selection of self-released composed music recordings.

Coy Fish. Sarah Hughes. 2018. Streaming.
Accidental Ritual. Death in the Maze. Recorded UD 001, 2007. Compact Disc.
A Second Shadow. Christine Sehnaoui at High Zero. Recorded 023, 2006. Compact Disc.
The Enigma Carols. Phil Minton at the High Zero Festival. Recorded 019, 2005. Compact Disc.
Pallatially Palpable. Scott Moore at the High Zero Festival. Recorded 020, 2005. Compact Disc.
Selection of improvised music recordings.


Burt obtained masters degrees in music composition and computer music from the Peabody Institute (MM). He studied music composition and clarinet performance at the University of Georgia. His primary teachers were Lewis Nielson, Leonard Ball, Geoffrey Wright, and Christopher Theofanidis. He discussed his work in master classes with Harrison Birtwistle, Tristan Murail, Shulamit Ran, and Charles Wuorinen.


2018: Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award
2005: Peabody Career Development Grant
2005: Prix d’Éte, third prize
2004: Macht competition for orchestra, honorable mention
2004: Otto Ortman Prize
$0 of $1,500 per creation
This is my first potential Patreon funded project!

I wrote a composition called Amidst the Marsh Horns. It features an unusual way of playing the bass clarinet I call the spectral gargle. I'm working with the Bergamot Quartet, who are championing new music for quartets. There will also be a percussionist.

You can hear my composition that is most similar to it here: Fountain Resonances. I've always felt it is some of my best music.

Your monthly support will help pay us all to perform this new piece in the Fall. I'll make recordings available, and if you are extra nice, I'll provide access to the score, too.

We're working on grant money to pay for commissioning. It takes a lot of time and effort to put together new music. Take a look at this commissioning guide!
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