Since moving to New York in 2002, Sam Sadigursky continues to make a mark as both a leader and sideman across a broad spectrum of musical landscapes. His series of four albums of original music based on poetry and text for New Amsterdam Records, entitled The Words Project, have been acclaimed internationally. Noted music critic Steve Smith called them “compelling and touchingly intimate… that rare anomaly: a jazz-and-poetry record that sounds utterly natural and convincing“ and went on to name Sadigursky’s debut album as one of Time Out New York’s top ten albums of 2007, and the New York Times has called them ”gracefully high-minded explorations of poetic form.” Following the 2015 release of his latest album, Follow the Stick, he was named a rising star on clarinet in the Downbeat Magazine Critic’s Poll, on which he has continued to appear annually.
Sam has toured and recorded as a saxophonist and clarinetist with artists as diverse as Brad Mehldau, Lucia Pulido, Gabriel Kahane, Tom Jones, Edmar Castaneda, Linda Oh, The Mingus Orchestra, Rufus Reid, Jamie Baum Septet+, David Yazbek, Ljova, Pablo Mayor’s Folklore Urbano, La Cumbiamba eNeYe, and has been nominated for three Grammy awards for his work with Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society.
As a composer, he has written for film and modern dance and has also published four books of original etudes for clarinet and saxophone. He is the recipient of numerous grants from organizations such as Chamber Music America, ASCAP and the Jerome Foundation.
Sadigursky has performed at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Lincoln Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Newport Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, London Jazz Festival, Radio France (Paris), Winter JazzFest (NYC), Moers Festival (Germany), BMW Jazz Festival (Brazil), Jazz al Parque (Bogota, Colombia), Jazztopad (Poland), Tampere Jazz Happening (Finland), and Wangaratta Jazz Festival (Australia). He appears on fifty albums as a sideman, and was most recently the onstage clarinetist for the Grammy and Tony Award winning show The Band’s Visit on Broadway.
"Subtlety and restraint, combined with power and purpose." -Cadence Magazine, September 2000
"[One] whose name and music you'll hear a lot of in the future." - Richard Kamins, Hartford Courant
On “The Words Project” (New Amsterdam), his impressive new debut, the multireedist Sam Sadigursky
sets contemporary poetry to plausible musical settings . - Nate Chinen, NY Times, 9/14/07
“that rare anomaly: a jazz-and-poetry record that sounds utterly natural and convincing" - Steve Smith,
“A wonderful surprise for a poetry translator to have one’s lines set to music. An ominous, solemn
score with a piercing voice rising from disquiet. Makes you feel quite ill at ease, as good poetry should.”
- Willem Groenewegan (poet, translator of Mark Boog’s “Water, Aspirin, You”)