"Life is a lot like jazz... it's best when you improvise." - George Gershwin
Sam Weiss is an experienced, intuitive, young and highly professional musician and rising film composer.
He holds an Honours Degree in Music (Film Composition) from UNSW, where he studied under some of Sydney’s top composers in Dr John Peterson, Nicholas Vines, Andrew Scott, Alister Spence and Sandy Evans.
Sam is an up-and-coming film and television composer with numerous credits to his name, including Pockets of Hope (Feature Documentary, 2015) and thriller Indigo Lake (Feature Film, 2017), among many other short films and screen projects. Sam launched his composing career aged 20 at the same time as completing his Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Commerce degrees, composing for the screen while at the same time completing his studies.
Sam has won critical acclaim for his film scores at film festivals around the world including in Italy (Winner - Best Original Score, Rome Elephant Film Awards) and the Netherlands (Nominee - Best Original Score, Amsterdam International Filmmakers Festival).
Sam has been selected as the Composer in Residence for the Sydney Children's Choir for 2020.
Sam is also a conductor of the Central Synagogue Choir, for which he has written and arranged compositions since his employment in 2014.
As a performer, Sam is a multi-instrumentalist and has been performing since age 6 on the piano and saxophone. In recent years, he has established himself as one of Sydney’s most in-demand saxophonists with over 100 performances in each of the past 3 years. He has also performed in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Sam manages several bands, chamber groups,
musicians and DJs in the events industry, with a roster
exceeding 100 people across a range of musical disciplines and styles. He regularly performs and provides entertainment at corporate, private and social events, weddings, house parties, bars, restaurants and nightclubs both in Australia and abroad.
Sam also manages JAZZ + SOUL night every Wednesday at Mamasan Bondi, drawing artists from across the musical spectrum. His efforts have been recognised by ARIA which included JAZZ + SOUL nights as part of their awards week program, showcasing the best in Australian live music across the continent. He has a residency every Saturday at The Sydney Collective's flagship Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel too.
Sam has been the JBD's Musical Director since 2016, for which he has overseen and curated performances for a range of Australia's top musical talent including Ilan Kidron (Potbelleez), top bassist Jonathan Zwartz, Edouard Bronson (Monsseiur Camambert), renowned jazz pianist Leonie Cohen and cellist Rosemary Quinn (Brandenburg Orchestra). Sam also conducted a male choir, which performed one of his arrangements in 8-part harmony. In this role, Sam has also participated in cross-cultural projects including with the Aboriginal and Jewish communities (which featured a world-first saxophone and didgeridoo rendition of 'Es Brent') and the Hindu community, among others.