I’m Still Here: Reflections on Trauma and Healing


Samora Abayomi Pinderhughes is a composer, pianist, and vocalist, known for large multidisciplinary projects and his use of music to examine sociopolitical issues.

Artist Bio

Beginning with site-specific processes in eight US cities, I’m Still Here will examine sites of structural and institutional violence and racial trauma. I’m Still Here is a musical installation project asking: what are the circumstances creating daily trauma in communities of color; and, what are the processes that people use to heal from their trauma?


Award Year
2019
Status

In Progress

Samora Abayomi Pinderhughes

New York, NY

Samora Abayomi Pinderhughes is a composer, pianist, and vocalist known for large multidisciplinary projects and for his use of music to examine sociopolitical issues. He has performed in venues including Carnegie Hall, the Blue Note, MoMA, the Sundance Film Festival, and Monterey Jazz Festival. Pinderhughes is the director and creator of The Transformations Suite, a Top 10 album of the year by Downbeat Magazine and Apple Music. His other projects include The James Baldwin Essays: Examining the American Dream Narrative, commissioned by Harlem Stage; The Migration of Protest: Meditations on Jacob Lawrence for the Museum of Modern Art; and Billy Strayhorn: The Music of the Sutherland Period for the Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian Museum of American Art. A graduate of Juilliard, Pinderhughes has collaborated with artists including Herbie Hancock, Branford Marsalis, Daveed Diggs, and Lalah Hathaway. He is musical director of Blackout for Human Rights, the social justice collective founded by Ryan Coogler and Ava DuVernay.  A Sundance Composers Lab fellow, Samora recently scored the award-winning documentary Whose Streets?, and wrote songs for the Netflix film Burning Sands and the PBS film The Talk. Pinderhughes is the lead vocalist and lyricist on August Greene’s latest album with Common, Robert Glasper, and Karriem Riggins.