A fresh voice in scoring for media.
Sam Kyzivat, originally from Simsbury, CT, studied music composition at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME. His interest lies in using music as a vehicle for storytelling across media platforms, whether they be film, podcast, radio, or commercial music.
Over the years he has collaborated with several Portland, ME-based production companies, including Timber & Frame Media, a regional EMMY award winning company that has produced videos for The New York Times, Outside Magazine, and National Geographic, as well as The Knack Factory, a creative agency known for its brand work, with impressive presence in the state and beyond.
Sam has also made a name for himself as an arranger, writing for indie folk band Darlingside’s successful 3-day tour with the Maine Youth Rock Orchestra, a collaboration between Palaver Strings and the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus for their Lifesongs project, and string quartet arrangements for singer-songwriter, actress, and director, Valerie Landsburg (best known for her work in the 1982 series Fame), to name a few.
In the fall of 2017, Sam received a research grant to aid his year long honor's project in the music department, entitled, Lost on the Way: Original Score and Sound Design for Short Film. The film, written & directed by Nevan Swanson, premiered on May 12th, 2018 in Smith Auditorium, Sills Hall. The original score features genre-crossing group, the Amarantos Quartet, along with electric violin, piano, and synthesized instruments . Earlier in the year, Sam received an arts grant to spend the summer working with the Maine Youth Rock Orchestra, a nonprofit based in Portland, ME that takes a unique approach to music education. He arranged a number of songs for the orchestra's 2017-2018 concert season, writing for folk artists such as Shook Twins, The DuPont Brothers, Connor Garvey, and Max Garcia Conover. In 2016 Sam received a fellowship to compose an original piano quintet over the summer under the tutelage of composer-in-residence Vineet Shende. The piece was read by players from the Bowdoin International Music Festival, and ultimately premiered on campus by a Bowdoin student chamber ensemble on 4.30.17.
Currently living on Portland’s East End, you can find Sam playing electric violin, piano, and synths in indie folk band SnugHouse, or bringing his live solo set to yoga studios and art galleries throughout the state. Over the years he has had the privilege to share the stage with many artists he admires, most notably opening for singer-songwriter Julie Byrne. Check out the “Live” page for any upcoming dates.
Photo by Meredith Brockington