NEWS and EVENTS:


I am a recipient of a 2014 Fromm Commission and a 2015 Barlow Commission! The Fromm was awarded to write Seven Systems for Yarn/Wire and the Barlow was awarded to compose a new work for flute, electronics, and video for Anne La Berge.


Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble - August 28, 2015 - METEO Festival, Mulhouse, France

Dana Jessen performs and records Points Against Fields - September 11, 2015 - Oberlin Conservatory, Oberlin, OH

Rocket Science with Ikue Mori - September 19, 2015 - Guelph Jazz Festival, Guelph, ON, Canada

Peter Evans's Stone Week
September 22, 2015 - Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble and Rocket Science
September 25, 2015 - Peter Evans Quintet
September 27, 2015 - House Special

Yarn/Wire World Premiere - September 29, 2015 - Yarn/Wire premieres my new Fromm commissioned work - Seven Systems!

Sam Pluta/Peter Evans Duo with Susie Ibarra - October 13, 2015 - Bennington College

Sam Pluta/Peter Evans Duo - October 15, 2015 - Wesleyan University

American Composers Orchestra SONIC Festival- Sam Pluta/Peter Evans Duo with choreography by Jacob Slominski - October 20, 2015 - Roulette, Brooklyn, NY

Yarn/Wire at the Accidental Music Festival - October 29, 2015 - Yarn/Wire performs Seven Systems in Orlando, Florida.

Dana Jessen performs Points Against Fields - November 5, 2015 - Music Synergies Series at Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia

Signal Flow - November 15, 2015 - Southwestern University Percussion Ensemble, Georgetown, TX

hydra is performed with Joanna Lewis and Ron Stabinsky as part of the Peter Evans Quintet's residency at Porgy and Bess in Vienna, Austria - November 21, 2015

Peter Evans Quintet European Tour - November 19-29, 2015
Concerts in Austria, Poland, Spain, Germany, and the Netherlands

Williams College Percussion Ensemble performs Machine Language and Four Sixes - December 2, 2015 - Williamstown, MA

Ikue Mori and Sam Pluta - December 5, 2015 - JACK, Brooklyn, NY

exclusiveOr performs live music to The Passion of Joan of Arc - December 7, 2015 - Film Forum at Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Wet Ink Ensemble residency at Smith and Amherst Colleges - December 10-14, 2015 - Amherst/Northampton, MA

Wet Ink Ensemble Fall concert in New York, featuring hydra - December 15, 2015 - St Peters Church, New York, NY

Wet Ink Ensemble performs the music of Anthony Braxton - January 20, 2016 - National Sawdust, Brooklyn, NY

Yarn/Wire performs Seven Systems - January 26, 2016 - Kilbourn Concert Series, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY

Anne La Berge premieres my new, Barlow-commissioned work for flute, video, and electronics - February 24, 2016 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Wet Ink Ensemble Hydra Trio Midwest Tour
February 12, 2016 - Oberlin College
February 14, 2016 - Constellation, Chicago, IL

Chicago Symphony Orchestra - MusicNOW - I will be performing with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as they take on Eric Wubbels's katachi - March 7, 2016 - Chicago, IL



LESS RECENT EVENTS:


Peter Evans Quintet at The Newport Jazz Festival - July 31, 2015 - Newport, RI

Ingrid Laubrock Ensemble- at The Vision Festival with Ingrid Laubrock, Craig Taborn, Miya Masaoka, Tyshawn Sorey, and Dan Peck - July 10, 2015 - New York, NY

Wet Ink Hydra Trio California Tour - Josh Modney, Eric Wubbels, and Sam Pluta
May 27, 2015 - Art Share LA, Los Angeles, CA
May 29, 2015 - CCRMA, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
May 30, 2015 - CNMAT, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Wet Ink Ensemble performs Sixty Cycles along with works by Katherine Young, David Brynjar Franzson, Mahir Cetiz, and Alex Mincek - June 8, 2015 - Roulette, Brooklyn

MATA Festival – Talea Ensemble performs Machine Language with soloist Ian Antonio - April 18, 2015 - The Kitchen, NYC.

Mivos Quartet with Liturgy – An unlikely pairing, Mivos quartet opens for the metal band Liturgy with my string quartet Chain Reactions/Five Events and a quartet by Mario Diaz de Leon - April 15, 2015 - St. Vitus in Brooklyn.

Dana Jessen tours Points Against Fields, a new work for bassoon and playback:
March 8, 2015 - Center for New Music & Audio Technologies (CNMAT)
March 23, 2015 - American Academy in Rome
March 25, 2015 - Splendor Amsterdam

Ensemble Oerknal! – March 6 and 7, 2015 - performance of Machine Language with soloist Christian Smith - The Hague and Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

ICE with exclusiveOr – exclusiveOr and ICE will perform our work MODULES, commissioned by ICE in 2014. The program includes works by John Zorn and Pauline Oliveros - January 31, 2015 - Abrons Art Center, New York, NY.

Ingrid Laubrock/Nate Wooley/Sam Pluta Trio – This trio with two killing New York improvisors plays at iBeam in Brooklyn - January 30, 2015

Wet Ink Trio England Tour – January 23-27, 2015 - Eric Wubbels, Joshua Modney, and I will tour the children of fire come looking for fire and my new work hydra in England.
January 23 - "Infancy, History, and the Avante-Garde" at Omnibus Clapham, London
January 24 - University of Birmingham BEAST Event, Birmingham
January 25 - Burgess Foundation, Manchester, w/ Distractfold
January 26 - Cafe OTO, London

Line Upon Line Percussion with Sam Pluta/Peter Evans Duo – Peter and I share a concert with Line Upon Line Percussion in Austin, TX. Line Upon Line performs my works Matrices and Machine Language. Peter and I improvise. - January 16, 2015 - Austin, TX

Mantra Percussion – Mantra premieres new works by me, Eric Wubbels, and Alex Mincek. Killing choreography by Deborah Lohse! - January 16, 2015 - The World Financial Center Winter Garden in Manhattan

MacDowell Colony Residency – Dec 16, 2014-Jan 13, 2015 - I had an amazing month long MacDowell Colony Residency.

Sam Pluta/Peter Evans Duo – November 10, 2014 - Peter's and my duo split a show with Archer Spade and Japanese veteran no-input mixing board master Toshi Nakamura.

Mary Halverson/Dan Blake/Sam Pluta Trio – November 6, 2014 - Firehouse Space, Brooklyn.

Wet Ink Ensemble – October 24-26, 2014 - Wet Ink performed Broken Symmetries at the SinusTon Festival in Magdeburg, Germany.

Peter Evans Quintet – October 1-10, 2014 - European tour with dates in Austria, Portugal, The Netherlands, Germany, Poland, and Romania.

Peter Evans Quintet – September 26-28, 2014 - The PE Quintet prepared for our European tour with a 3 day residency at JACK in Brooklyn. With Special Guests Evan Parker and Joe McPhee!

Rocket Science – September 12, 2014 - Evan Parker, Craig Taborn, Peter Evans and Sam Pluta at the Stone in New York.

TAK – May 25, 2014 - The outstanding TAK Ensemble performed Escape Strategies, for flute, clarinet, violin, percussion, and electronics.

Ear Heart Music – May 6, 2014 - Mivos Quartet performed my electro-acoustic string quartet Chain Reactions/Five Events. - @ Roulette in Brooklyn, NY.

EMPAC – April 17, 2014 - Wet Ink performed Broken Symmetries along with works by Kate Soper, Alex Mincek, and Eric Wubbels at EMPAC in Troy, NY.

Peter Evans, Jim Black, and Sam Pluta – March 31, 2014 - Oberlin, OH.

Jim Black, Peter Evans, and Sam Pluta – March 27, 2014 - The Stone, New York City.

ICELab – March 8, 2014 - exclusiveOr (Jeff Snyder and Sam Pluta) and International Contemporary Ensemble performed exOr's new work for brass quartet, percussion, and electronics at the ICELab series. At The Stone, New York City.

TACTUS – February 20, 2014 - In winter 2014, I was Curator and Artistic Director for the Manhattan School of Music Contemporary Performance Program's concert of electro-acoustic works. The program included works by Sam Pluta, Emily Praetorius, Mario Diaz de Leon, Peter Ablinger, and Ben Hackbarth. Ades Hall - 8pm.

De Paul University – February 18, 2014 - De Paul New Music Ensemble performed Standing Waves.

Dan Blake, Dan Peck, Tom Blancarte, Terri Hron, and Sam Pluta – February 6, 2014 - at FireHouse Space in Brooklyn.

Ingrid Laubrock, Nate Wooley, and Sam Pluta – January 26, 2014 - Yoni Kretzmer's Out Now Series at Legion (Graham L, Metropolitan G).

Forum Neue Musik Luzern – January 18, 2014 - Wet Ink Ensemble performed at the Forum Neue Musik Luzern in Lucerne, Switzerland. We will be playing my work ATD V.

Tage f¨r Neue Musik Z¨rich – November 16 - Selbstportrait mit Peter Ablinger and Portraits/Self Portraits performed by Arc-en-ciel in Zurich, Switzerland.

Peter Evans/Sam Pluta Northeast Tour(s) – October and November - Concerts at Bard College, Smith College, Dartmouth, University of Buffalo, and Toronto.

Mivos Quartet performed Chain Reactions/Five Events – October 1 - Mivos split the bill with Yarn/Wire. This was an amazing program, with incredible pieces by David Franzson, Peter Evans, and Eric Wubbels.

Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Septet and Wet Ink Ensemble – September 30 - Roulette, Brooklyn.

Rocket Science – September 15 and 17 - Evan Parker, Craig Taborn, Peter Evans, and Sam Pluta at the Stone in New York City. Two sets per night.

Peter Evans Quintet and Octet – September 13 and 14 - at the Stone!

Mivos Quartet at the Lucerne Festival – August 24 - Mivos premiered my new work, Chain Reactions/Five Events for string quartet and electronics at the Lucerne Festival in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Peter Evans Octet – August 8 - Jazz em Agosto, Lisbon, Portugal.

The Walden School Celebrates 15 years of Computer Music – July 19, 2013 - Alex Christie, Peter Evans, and Anne LaBerge joined me for an evening of improvisation at the Walden School. Also on tap was an outstanding new installation by Ian Munroe!

Dal Niente – July 12, 2013 - Dal Niente performed my new work, Sixty Cycles for sopranino saxophone, violin, cello, and television feedback.

The Walden School Young Musicians Program – June-July, 2013
This was my 13th year teaching at the Walden School, an outstanding summer program for young creative musicians.

Sam Pluta/Peter Evans – May 5, 2013 - guest artists at NYU's Twilight of the Sound Object Symposium, New York University, New York, NY

Peter Evans Quintet - March, 2013 – Recording session and concert at EMPAC, Troy, NY

Sam Pluta/Jim Alitieri – March, 2013 - duo improvised performance at The Stone, New York, NY

MATA Interval – March 4, 2013 - noise + mobile performed by Eric Wubbels at MATA's Interval series

Mikrophonie I – February, 2013 - performed electronics with Talea Ensemble on the classic Stockhausen work Mikrophonie I, New York, NY

Sam Pluta and Jim Altieri - January, 2013 – Twelve Nights Performance Series, Miami, FL

Wet Ink Ensemble – December 8, 2012 - World Premiere of my new work, Broken Symmetries, for chamber ensemble with electronics, New York, NY

Rocket Science - May, 2012 - Evan Parker, Peter Evans, Craig Taborn, Sam Pluta performed at the Moers Festival in Moers, Germany; The Vortex, London, UK; Bimhuis, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Matteo Cesari/Lucy Shelton May 15, 2012 - //endless love for flute and voice, San Diego, CA

Oberlin College Conservatory - April, 2012 - Tile Mosaic (after Chagall) performed by the Contemporary Music Ensemble, Oberlin, OH

Peter Evans Quintet - March, 2012 - 10 show tour of France, Spain, Austria, and Germany

Ian Antonio/TimetablePercussion/Wet Ink Ensemble - March, 2012 - Machine Language premiered at The Dimenna Center for Classical Music, New York, NY

Argento Ensemble - March, 2012 - Portraits/Self Portraits for Large Ensemble performed at St Peters Church, New York, NY

AC Institute – American Idols - February, 2012 - installation with four electric guitars and 20 televisions, New York, NY

Austin New Music Coop and AMODA - January, 2012 – multiple works performed in a split bill with Line Upon Line Percussion, Austin, TX

Sam Pluta and Jim Altieri- December, 2012 – tour of Wesleyan University, Smith College, and Boston, MA

Peter Evans Quintet - November, 2011- performance at Roulette, New York, NY

Wet Ink Ensemble California Tour - November, 2011 - performances at Santa Clara Univ, UC Sacramento, UC Davis, featuring ATD V and Jim Altieri with a Ring Modulator Circuit

Kontakte - November, 2011 - Talea Ensemble at the German Consulate, New York, NY

exclusiveOr October, 2011 – duo performance at the ACO Sonic Festival, New York, NY

Memory by Design – October, 2011 - Nathan Punwar's excellent short, with music by Sam Pluta and Peter Evans was played at The New York Film Festival, Lincoln Center, New York, NY

George Lewis and Sam Pluta - September, 2011 – duo performance at Roulette, New York, NY

Wet Ink Ensemble - April, 2011 – Portraits/Self Portraits for Large Ensemble premiered at St Peters Church, New York, NY

Anne La Berge and Sam Pluta - February, 2011 – duo performance at GEMdays, Univ. of Huddersfield, UK

Wet Ink Ensemble San Diego Residency - January, 2011 – three ensemble performances and a recording of works by Katharina Rosenberger at UC San Diego, San Diego, CA

STEIM Local Stop Concert – August, 2010 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Yarn/Wire – June, 2010 - Tile Mosaic (after Chagall) premiered at Roulette, New York, NY

Wet Ink Ensemble – May 2010 - American Tokyo Daydream V premiered at Roulette, New York, NY

Peter Evans Quintet - October 2010 – performance at the Donaueshingen Festival and a tour of Germany

STEIM Residency and Performance – August, 2009 - with Anne LaBerge, Yedo Gibson, Daniel Schorno, and Oscar Jan Hoogland, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

George Lewis and Sam Pluta - November, 2009 – duo performance at the Vision Festival Marathon, New York, NY