Hailed as “A fantastic flamenco guitarist” (BBC Radio 3), Samuel Moore is fast establishing himself as one of the UK’s leading flamenco musicians. Since 2007 he has performed in venues across the UK, Europe and North America, with past tours involving concerts in Rue-B in New York, The 100 Club in London, the Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall in Leeds, Café Universel in Paris, Ely Cathedral and Winchester Cathedral.
In solo concerts Samuel presents beautifully crafted flamenco guitar sets that bring to life the intoxicating rhythms, colours and sounds of Andalucía. Highlights for the forthcoming 2019/20 Concert Season include an intimate lunchtime concert at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London and a nine date UK tour. Whilst best known for his work as a soloist, Samuel is also a committed ensemble musician and frequently collaborates with other performers. Current collaborative projects include performing and recording alongside the classical guitarist Michael Christian Durrant, and touring with a handpicked company of flamenco dancers and singers from Spain under the ensemble name Flamenco Puro.
Samuel is currently preparing to release two studio albums. The first of these, Guitar the Heart of Spain, was recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London. It is due for UK release in November 2019. This album marks the culmination of a unique collaboration with the classical guitarist Michael Christian Durrant, bringing together the world of flamenco and classical guitar. Following this, in 2022 Samuel will record his first solo album, The Masters of Flamenco. This album will pay homage to many of Samuel’s greatest musical influences by combining a selection of works by legends of the flamenco guitar, including Ramón Montoya, Sabicas, Esteban de Sanlúcar, Mario Escudero and Paco de Lucía alongside original compositions inspired by Niño Ricardo and Diego del Gastor.
Samuel initially learnt his craft by working with the recordings of great flamenco maestros of the past and producing transcriptions of their pieces. He later became a student of the world-renowned flamenco guitarist Juan Martín. This five-year period of study was funded by Help Musicians UK and contributed to the development of Samuel’s skills as a solo guitarist and accompanist. Notably, Samuel was awarded a £10,000 funding grant by Arts Council England in 2019, allowing him to work and study in Spain. The focus of these studies was primarily to refine Samuel’s accompaniment skills with some of Andalucía’s foremost Gitano (Gypsy) singers, including Antonio Aparecida and the multi award winning Amparo Heredia “La Repompilla”. Always keen to learn, Samuel has also attended masterclasses with other leading flamenco artists, including the great Paco Peña.
When not on tour or recording, Samuel enjoys passing on his musical knowledge through teaching. Between 2012-2017 he held the permanent teaching post of Course Leader for Flamenco Guitar Studies at the Instituto de Cervantes, the Spanish government’s international institute for language and culture. Furthermore, Samuel has also been invited to lead flamenco workshops and present guest lectures at The University of Cambridge and The University of Leeds. As a testament to his skill for group teaching, Samuel was handpicked by Maestro Juan Martín to co-run flamenco guitar courses at the International Guitar Foundation’s (IGF) 2015 and 2019 London Guitar Summits. Samuel was also invited to lead group workshops at Maestro Martín’s annual International Flamenco Guitar Course in Ronda, Spain between 2016-2018. Maestro Martín later described Samuel as ‘an incredible teacher of flamenco’. Samuel continues to work with a select number of private students in the UK alongside presenting workshops for guitar societies and flamenco collectives.
Amongst Samuel’s other notable achievements are the establishment and overseeing of the Leeds International Flamenco Festival between 2013-2017 and working as an orchestral transcriber for the Gil Evans Estate between 2010-2013. The legendary jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell, a former member of the Gil Evans Orchestra, later described Samuel’s reconstructed scores as “Masterful … The results are truly special”. Also, in 2017 Samuel was commissioned to compose music for the major film Lost In London, directed by Woody Harrelson. Samuel also appears in the film itself performing three of his solo guitar compositions in a scene featuring the actor Owen Wilson.
Samuel plays Kevin Richards blanca and negra concert guitars and uses D'addario EJ45TT ProArte Dynacore, Titanium Trebles, Normal Tension guitar strings.