A classically trained pianist, Sam Jackson is a prize winning composer, sound designer and producer of original music for TV, Film and Theatre. He frequently composes for Tony Award winning director, Garry Hynes (Druid Theatre) and tours as keyboard player for Moya Brennan of Clannad. His critically acclaimed compositional work has featured in award winning major productions around the world from Broadway to London, Tokyo and Ireland. As a performer, he has appeared on numerous albums and played across most of Europe, Canada and the USA. His debut album, Sharp & Flat was released in September 2012 to 4 star rave reviews, extensive national airplay and a successful national tour.
His compositions feature classical, jazz, contemporary & traditional music, new technology and electronica. He regularly works with musicians from diverse disciplines and has produced critically acclaimed music for theatre, documentary, film and performance art. While studying in Dublin he was winner of the Walton Memorial Ensemble Prize 2001 with Eilish Keogh, The Walton Memorial Scholarship that same year and the Roland Piano Prize 1999. He has received a FETAC in Music Technology and his work was part of the Irish National Exhibition for The Prague Quadrennial Exhibition of Sceneography 2007. Studied Audio Mastering Techniques with Jonathan Wyner -Berklee College of Music.
July 2016 - Recording and production work for Breda Mayock.
June 2016 - Commercial work for DDFH&B - Water Wipes Campaign
March 2016 - Producing a new album for acclaimed singer Breda Mayock.
February 2016 - Premiere of The Judas Iscariot Lunch feature documentary at the Audi Dublin Film Festival.
October 2015 - Composing score for feature documentary The Judas Iscariot Lunch - A story of ministry, isolation, celibacy, faith and the struggle for authenticity.
September 2015 - Laethanta Saoire, written by Steve Cooney- release of debut single by alternative trad band Jiggy and produced by Sam Jackson at Frequency Studio. Achieved widespread radio play and internet engagement.
August 2015 - Recording and production work at Frequency for alternative trad band Jiggy.
July 2015 - Recording and production work at Frequency for 360 Entertainment.
May 2015 - My track, An Ending of Sorts used for the stunning short film From Bathroom Stalls to Ballot Sheets. Just in time for the Marraige Referendum here in Ireland! Poem by Dee Campbell, film by Deign for Life.
May 2015 - Commercial work for creative agency Triolgy Media. Corporate film for Glen Dimplex
February 2015 - Recording and production work at Frequency Studios for musician, Guilio.
January 2015 - Commercial work for creative agency Sweet Media. TV sting campaign for Brown Thomas sponsoship of Mr. Selfridge.
December 2014 - Sam Jackson and his trio perform music from Sharp & Flat at dotMED - the creative medical conference
September - October 2014 - Dublin Theatre Festival. After Sarah Miles gets its well-earned festival premiere this year. Written and directed by Michael Hilliard Mulcahy, featuring a towering performance from Don Wychely. Original music and sound design.
April - June 2014 - After Sarah Miles (revival) written and directed by Michael Hilliard Mulcahy. Original music and sound design for this stunning new play starring Don Wycherly. National Tour. Floating World and Gallarus Productions.
March 2014 - Commercial work for creative agency Sweet Media - online campaign for fashion designer Helen Cody
November - December 2013 - A Particle of Dread (Oedipus Variations) by Sam Shepard. Sound design for the premiere of Sam Shepard's vivid new play directed by Nancy Meckler and presented by Field Day. Performed at the Playhouse, Derry, as part of UK City of Culture.
September 2013 - Commercial work for creative agency Abbot Mead Vickers BBDO radio campaign to promote the Arthur Guinness Projects.
August 2013 - The National Concert Hall. A fresh new performance of work and reworkings from Sharp & Flat performed with my trio. Presented by The National Concert Hall, Dublin as part of the Lunchtimes in August series.
August 2013 - Big House Festival. Six new solo piano performances of Sharp & Flat in the palatial Castletown House as part of the first arts and music festival produced by site specific specialists, The Performance Corporation.
July 2013 - Commercial work for creative agency DDFH&B Advertising. TV and Cinema campaign for Newbridge Silverware. Video link here
June 2013 - After Sarah Miles written and directed by Michael Hilliard Mulcahy. Original music and sound design for this stunning new play starring Don Wycherly. Floating world productions.
April - June 2013 - DruidMurphy (National Tour). Original music for Conversations on a Homecoming and A Whistle in the Dark, presented by Druid Theatre Company, directed by Garry Hynes. (Revival).
December 2012 - Farewell & Half a Glass of Water. Sound design for a double bill presented by the legendary Field Day Theatre Company and directed by Stephen Rea. Derry Northern Ireland.
September - October 2012, Sharp & Flat Irish tour. Kilkenny, Dublin, Sligo & Galway.
September 2012 - Worldwide release of Sharp & Flat.
June 2012 - June 2013 - DruidMurphy. Original music written for production of Tom Murphy's plays Conversations on a Homecoming, A Whistle in the Dark and Famine by Druid Theatre Company dir. Garry Hynes. Irish, UK and USA tour.
March 2012 - Mastering of Sharp & Flat at M-Works Studio, Boston by Jonathan Wyner.
February 2012 - Additional Mixing of Sharp & Flat in Dublin by Sam Jackson.
January 2012 - Mixing of Sharp & Flat at Rainbow Studios, Oslo by Jan Erik Kongshaug and Sam Jackson
November 2012 - Additional recording for Sharp & Flat at Windmill Lane studios, Dublin.
September to October 2011 - 16 Possible Glimpses by Marina Carr- Music and sound design for The Abbey Production of this dynamic new play sees a collision of visuals, words and music in a distinct and poetic re-imagining of the life of a brilliant man, Anton Chekhov. Part of the Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival.
September 2011 - "Sruth Ama" (Stream of Time...) - A series of radio plays on Radió na Life featuring original music by me on solo piano and featuring the piece Melody from the Deep from my forthcoming album. Directed by Tristan Rosenstock.
June, July & August 2011 - Sam Jackson Live at The National Concert Hall, Dublin. My own series of exclusive previews of material from my debut album, Sharp & Flat. With guest musicians on Drums, Bass, Flute & Strings.
2011 - Imprint - Music and sound design for the beautifully shot chilling short film from Director Redmond Fitzpatrick. Premiered at Galway Film Fleadh in July and currently hitting the festival circuit.
November 2010 - Promotional release of early work from Sharp & Flat.
September 2010 - Recording sessions for Sharp & Flat
April 2010 - July 2010 - Studying audio mastering techniques with Jonathan Wyner, Berklee College of Music.
March- April 2010 - Touring with Moya Brennan in the USA (touring with Moya since 2003)
Jan 2010 - Recording begins in Wellington NZ for Sharp & Flat.
June 2009 - December 2009 - Composing retreat at Wanaka Arts Centre, New Zealand.
April & May 2009 - Touring the UK with Moya Brennan.
March 2009 - Henry and Sunny - Music written for the award winning short film written and directed by Fergal Rock. Bittersweet Jazz violin and piano.
December 2008 - January 2009 - La Dispute by Pierre Marivaux. Directed by Wayne Jordan - The Abbey Theatre, Dublin. Original music and sound design for this intriguing and warped coming of age story. Included mircophones embedded in the walls and a score of strings and piano.
October 2008 - The Waiting by Suzi Lamb and Sam Jackson
June 2008 - The Magic Tree by Ursula Rani Sarma, Cork Mid Summer Festival
October 2007 - The Case of the Rose Tattoo by Jocelyn Clarke. Live Music for the rehearsed reading of the new play directed by Tom Creed. Performed at The New Theatre as part of the 50th Dublin Theatre Festival.
July - August 2007 - Lizzie Lavelle and the Vanishing of Emlyclough by Tom Swift Music and sound design for The Performance Corporation production of site-specific theatre piece. Performed in a natural amphitheatre in the sand dunes of Belmullet. Pieces for piano, strings and percussion. Featured a soundscape broadcast to radios marking the route towards the amphitheatre.
March – April 2007 - Leaves by Lucy Caldwell. Music for Druid and The Royal Court co-production of award winning new play, recently awarded the Susan Smith Blackburn Award and the George Devine Award. Druid Theatre, Galway and Royal Court Theatre, London. Pieces for Piano and electronica.
March 2007 - The Playboy of the Western World. Revival of previous production with Druid for Tokyo International Arts Festival, Japan.
October 2006 & January – March 2007 - Translations by Brian Friel. Music written for McCarter Theatre and Manhattan Theatre Club Production, Princeton New Jersey and Biltmore Theatre, Broadway. Pieces for bodhrán, strings, piano, fiddle, guitar, whistle, flute & Uillean Pipes.
June 2006 & April 2008 - Horae by Susie Lamb. Sound design for Project '06 production Performed in the Town Hall Theatre exhibition space in June 2006 and Thomastown Mill Kilkenny 2008.
September- October 2006 - Empress of India by Stuart Carolan, Galway Town Hall Theatre & Abbey Theatre, DTF. Music written for the production by Druid Theatre Company. Pieces for Piano, strings and distortion. "Every aspect of this production is faultless - Sam Jackson's original score..." - Irish Independent.
June-July 2006; National Tour Winter 2006 - The Year of the Hiker by John B. Keane. Music written for production by Druid Theatre Company. Piano, Cello, Double Bass, Guitar and Samples.
November 2005 - Mighty Talk: A Journey with DruidSynge. Music accompanying the documentary charting the work of Druid Theatre Company's groundbreaking theatre work DruidSynge. A presentation of all six of J.M. Synges' plays performed on a single day. Directed and Filmed by Ronan Fox, produced by Wildfire films and RTÉ. Pieces for Piano, strings, melodica.
August 2005 - The Yokohama Delegation by Tom Swift. Music written for the Performance Corporation production performed at the Kilkenny Arts Festival. Strange retro futuristic site specific theatre piece loosely based on Jason and the Argonauts. Directed by Jo Mangan, written by Tom Swift. Retro 50's samples combined with contemporary sounds, keyboard madness and choir.
May 2005 - July 2006 - DruidSynge. Music written for Druid theatre Company production of the entire cannon of J.M Synges theatre work. Riders to the Sea, the Tinkers Wedding, the Well of the Saints, In the Shadow of the Glen, Playboy of the Western World, Dierdre of the Sorrows. Performed at Galway Arts Festival, Dublin, Edinburgh International Festival and Inis Meáin 2005 (music performed live); Minneapolis & Lincoln Center Festival New York 2006. Pieces for Piano, String ensemble, flute, whistle, voice and bodhrán. "One of the greatest achievments in the history of Irish Theatre." -Irish Times.
January 2005 - The Playboy of the Western World. Music written for Druid Theatre Company production performed at the Perth Arts Festival in February 2005. Pieces for Piano, string ensemble and bodhrán.
July - August 2004 - The Tinkers Wedding and The Well of the Saints. Music written for Druid Theatre company's 2004 production of these Synge plays. Pieces for Piano, Cello and Low Whistle. "Sam Jackson's episodic music is gorgeous" – Irish Examiner. Pieces for Choir, Fiddle, percussion and piano.
August 2003 - Entertainment by Alex Johnston. Sound design for Bedrock Theatre Company's' production performed at the Project Arts Space, Temple Bar.
May 2003 - Boy Gets Girl by Rebecca Gilman. Original music and sound design composed for About Face Theatre Company. Performed at the Civic Theatre, Tallaght.
April 2003 - The Song. Written for Quartet and Soprano, words by Kevin Magee. Performed live at The Project Arts Space, Temple Bar.
March 2003 - Lysistrata. Music accompanying an adapted 45 minute Version of the Greek comedy for the Lysistrata Project. Voices, piano, bass and percussion.Performed live in the Project Arts Space, Temple Bar.
January 2003 - Go. Now. Syncopated and agitated piece for Violin , piano and percussion.
September 2002 - Twelfth Night. Music written for Natural Shocks Theatre Company.Performed in The Dublin Fringe Festival at The Crypt, Dublin Castle. Piano, voice and percussive effects performed live. "Original music performed by Sam Jackson with a delicate touch and a dower expression was a highlight" - The Sunday Business Post.
August 2002 & May 2003 - The Murder Ballads, a Tanztheater Cabaret. A collection of original composition, sound design and song arrangements for the Killkenny Arts Festival 2002, loosely based on the Caryl Churchill play, The Lives of the Great Poisoners. Performed live. Directed and choreographed Finola Cronin. Performed live onsite in Kilkenny and Project Arts Space. "The artistic ingredients that went into the collaborative event that was the Murder Ballads always meant it was going to be one of the most interesting shows at this years Kilkenny Arts Festival"- The SundayTribune.
April 2002 - Vagina Workshop. One of the Vagina Monologues with an underlay of cello & piano performed live.
February 2002 - The Ubu Ensemble. Sound design for A. Jarrys' Ubu Cocu. Used only the voices of the cast to generate sounds each based on a letter of the alphabet. Employed by DIT Bolton Street Dramatic society. Performed at Theatre Space.
February 2002 - Stereo. Song commissioned by Lynn Henderson. For voice, piano and bass.
September 2001 - Unduly. Commissioned by Edel Pierce, Fullbright Scholar in Dance, for a recital in Philadelphia. Solo Piano (6mins)
July 2001 & July 2003 - A Midsummer Nights Dream. Music written for Natural Shocks & August 2003 Theatre Company for their production at the Civic Theatre, Tallaght. Piano and percussive effects performed live. "The eerie dream-nightmare music composed and excellently performed live by Sam Jackson perfectly caught the mood." - Irish Theatre Magazine, winter 01 vl.2 no.1