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 as a chorister with the Rossall School chapel choir, to working as a guitarist in the rhythm section of 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 flamenco practitioners, as well as attending a number of workshops with the world renowned guitarist Paco Peña.
Samuel began performing flamenco concerts professionally in 2008. A solo tour of 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 passion for jazz music and subsequently resulted in him studying a BA honors degree in Jazz Composition between 2010 and 2013. During his undergraduate studies Samuel performed few flamenco concerts due to his academic commitments and work for the Gil Evans family transcribing and reconstructing four orchestral works: Loie, Lotus Land, Greensleeves and Moon and Sand. These 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 musicianship as “Masterful!”
Though less active in a performance context during his undergraduate years, Samuel continued to hone his skills as a flamenco practitioner though independent study. Following his graduation he began again to perform flamenco recitals in respected UK concert halls and cathedrals. By 2012 his reputation had grown to such an extent that he was appointed Course Leader of Flamenco Guitar Studies at the Instituto de Cervantes (the Spanish government’s international institution for Spanish language and culture). Between 2012 and 2017 Samuel developed an extensive course program for the institute. During this period he also wrote and published a number of tutorial books, including: a tutorial on how to play flamenco, 'Flamenco Guitar' and an academic work on flamenco history, 'An Introduction to Flamenco'. He also founded the Leeds International Flamenco Festival, which ran under Samuel’s direction from 2013 to 2017. Due to running this annual event, Samuel regularly came into contact with many of the world’s finest flamenco practitioners, 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 and to this day, the two regularly work together teaching flamenco guitar courses in both the UK and Spain. Samuel still frequently sees Juan for one to one guitar lessons that further hone his knowledge of the flamenco tradition.
Working so closely with one of the greatest flamenco practitioners of the 21st century acted as a catalyst for Samuel’s creative abilities and consequently 2016 and 2017 saw a dramatic expansion of his creative performance projects and solo tour schedule. During this period Samuel initiated and performed in a number of collaborative projects, including: ‘Poeta’, ‘Guitar, The Heart of Spain’ and ‘Flamenco Puro’. Alongside these commitments, he was also invited to: perform and be interviewed on BBC Radio 3, teach flamenco guest lectures at Cambridge University and The University of Leeds, and compose part of the score for the 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.