Born in the late 80’s to a loving family in England, Samuel Moore enjoyed diverse musical traditions from an early age. He started to play the guitar at the age of fourteen and his tutors quickly recognised his natural talent. His early musical experiences were varied, from: performing with the Rossall School chapel choir, to working with local jazz ensembles and developing an extensive solo repertoire. During a holiday in Andalucía in 2005, Samuel discovered flamenco for the first time. It was this experience that sparked his lifelong love of the art form. Later, he started to have lessons with UK based practitioners, as well as attending workshops with eminent guitarists, including Paco Peña. During this period Samuel also met Vicente Amigo, whose music inspired him to explore further the flamenco tradition.
Samuel began performing professionally in 2008. A solo tour in France shortly followed as well as a solo tour of the east coast of America. During his US tour, Samuel had the privilege to meet some of the world’s finest jazz musicians, including: Cassandra Wilson and Herlin Riley. These experiences re-kindled his love for jazz and later resulted in him studying a BA honors degree in Jazz Composition.
Alongside his solo tours, Samuel worked for the Gil Evans family for three years, transcribing and reconstructing four orchestral works: Loie, Lotus Land, Greensleeves and Moon and Sand. The reconstructed scores were subsequently published by the Gil Evans Estate and are now performed by jazz orchestras worldwide. The legendary jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell later described Samuel’s work as “Masterful!”
In 2012 Samuel was appointed Course Leader of Flamenco Guitar at the Instituto de Cervantes (the Spanish government’s international institution for Spanish language and culture). He quickly developed an extensive course program for the institute, which has now run for five consecutive years. He also wrote and published a number of books, including: a tutorial on how to play flamenco: Flamenco Guitar and an academic work on flamenco’s history: An Introduction to Flamenco. He also founded the Leeds International Flamenco Festival, which Samuel ran from 2013 to 2017 before handing it over to a trusted team of organisers. Due to running this event, Samuel met some the world’s finest flamenco performers, including the internationally acclaimed guitarist Juan Martín. In 2015 Juan agreed for Samuel to become his one-to-one student. Samuel and Juan subsequently developed a long lasting friendship. To this day, the two regularly teach flamenco guitar courses together in both the UK and Spain and Samuel continues to see Juan for one-to-one lessons.
Working with Juan Martín acted as a catalyst for Samuel’s creative abilities and consequently 2015 - 2017 saw a dramatic expansion of his creative projects and solo tour schedule. During this time Samuel initiated and performed in a number of collaborative projects, including: Poeta, Guitar The Heart of Spain and Flamenco Puro. He was also invited to: perform and be interviewed on BBC Radio 3, teach a guest lecture at Cambridge University and compose part of the score for the Hollywood film ‘Lost in London’ directed by Woody Harrelson. Samuel now looks forward to the future as he continues to grow his musical repertoire and tour schedule.