Peter Evans/Sam Pluta Duo

Peter Evans (trumpet) and Sam Pluta (electronics) have been collaborating since 2008 in a wide variety of contexts. Their work together has spanned small Jazz groups, large wind ensembles, through-composed works by themselves and others, and in educational contexts in the fields of improvisation an electro-acoustic music. Their work together has been featured in the Peter Evans Quintet and Octet, Rocket Science (with Craig Taborn and Evan Parker), Parker's USA Electro-Acoustic Septet, ICE and the Wet Ink Ensemble. They have performed at major festivals and venues across Europe, Canada and USA, and have presented their work and ideas at several major colleges and universities.

In the duo format Pluta and Evans use all they have developed from their experience together to forge a new and dynamically interactive music. Since the release of their recording "Sum and Difference" in 2011, they have persistently honed and refined their duo music into a fully formed type of electro-acoustic chamber music. Improvisation and a commitment to the explosive energy of sound itself informs the duo's approach to real time composition.

Their music bridges Evans' efforts to explore new sonic worlds for a traditional acoustic instrument with Pluta's customized and highly flexible software. Their instruments are at some points fused into a unified sonic entity indistinguishable as two voices, while at others engaged in violent counterpoint.

Their latest record, Event Horizon is upcoming on Pluta's label Carrier Records, released in LP and digital formats.

Music Samples

Below are two performances filmed at our Fall 2014 duo concert at Roulette, in Brooklyn, NY:

Stardust, as performed by the Peter Evans Quintet. Found on the Quintet's debut album Ghosts.


Peter Evans has been a member of the New York musical community since 2003, when he moved to the city after graduating Oberlin Conservatory with a degree in classical trumpet. Peter currently works in a wide variety of areas, including solo performance, chamber orchestras, free improvised settings, electro-acoustic music, jazz and composition.

Peter Evans has been a member of the New York musical community since 2003, when he moved to the city after graduating Oberlin Conservatory with B.A. in classical trumpet. Peter currently works in a wide variety of areas, including solo performance, chamber ensembles, free improvised settings, electro-acoustic music, jazz and composition. As a performer, Evans has been working to broaden the expressive range of his chosen instrument and enjoys playing with steady configurations of players and composers. Current ensembles include the Peter Evans Zebulon Trio and Quintet, the collaborative trio Pulverize the Sound with Tim Dahl and Mike Pride, and Rocket Science, with Sam Pluta, Craig Taborn and Evan Parker. Evans has been performing and recording solo trumpet music since 2003 and is widely recognized as a leading voice in that field. As a composer, in addition to writing for his own ensembles, Evans has been commissioned by the International Contemporary Ensemble, Yarn/Wire, the Donaueschingen Musiktage Festival, and the Jerome Foundation's Emerging Artist Program. His has presented and/or performed his works at Darmstadt, the Köln Trienalle, Roulette Intermedium, and has toured his own groups extensively in Europe, Canada and the United States, including appearances at Warsaw Jazz Days, the Moers Festival, Jazz em Agosto, the Vancouver Jazz Festival, and All Tomorrow's Parties. He maintains n interest in collaborative performing, both with notated and improvised materials, and has worked with some of the leading figures in new music: Peter Brötzmann, Tyshawn Sorey, Jim Black, John Butcher, Steve Shick, Dave Taylor, Jim Black, Weasel Walter, Mats Gustafsson, Mary Halvorson, Keiji Haino, Christian Marclay, George Lewis, and performs with both the International Contemporary Ensemble and the Wet Ink Ensemble.

In the field of education, Evans has given workshops in trumpet performance and improvisation at institutions including the University of California in San Diego, the Birmingham Conservatoire, The Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music, Northwestern University and the Hochschule für Musik Köln. In 2012 Evans was on faculty at the Chosen Vale Institute for trumpet, along with Tom Stevens, Mark Gould and Håkan Hardenberger. In 2011 Peter Evans founded his label, More is More Records, which has released several albums of his own: "Ghosts" and "Zebulon", with the debut recording of Rocket Science scheduled for a September 2013 release. Both Ghosts and Zebulon received high critical acclaim worldwide, as well as in publications such as Wire Magazine, Downbeat, and Jazz Times.

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Sam Pluta is a New York City-based composer, improviser, and sound artist. Known internationally for his laptop performances with groups like Rocket Science, Wet Ink Ensemble, and The Peter Evans Quintet, he has performed as a laptop soloist and chamber musician at the Lucerne Festival, the Donaueschingen Festival, the Moers Festival, Bimhaus, Porgy and Bess, and the Vortex, amongst other international concert venues and festivals. He was recently ranked as the top electronics performer in the El Intruso international poll of jazz critics. As a composer, he has been commissioned and premiered by Mivos Quartet, Yarn/Wire, ICE, Timetable Percussion, RIOT Trio, Dave Eggar, and Prism Saxophone Quartet. He is Technical Director for Wet Ink Ensemble, a new music group dedicated to promoting music by young composers. A devoted pedagogue, he teaches electronic music, history, and theory at Manhattan School of Music, has taught at the Computer Music Center at Columbia University, and is Academic Dean and Director of Electronic Music at the Walden School, a summer music program for creative musicians. Sam's music is released on quiet design and Carrier Records, a record label he runs with Jeff Snyder and David Franzson, and his performances can also be found on More Is More, Tzadik, and hat[now]ART. Sam holds a Doctorate in Music Composition from Columbia University and additional degrees from UT Austin, the University of Birmingham (UK), and Santa Clara University.

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