Sam Genualdi is a composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and artist from Evanston, Illinois. In 2017 Sam graduated summa cum laude and Pi Kappa Lamda from the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music with a self-designed major in Contemporary Improvisation. For his big band piece, Treelight, Sam earned the award of Outstanding Original Composition for Large Ensemble in the Undergraduate Category from Downbeat Magazine and was also awarded the Pi Kappa Lamda Jazz Composition Award. His debut album “Looking Through the Glass” was released on May 19, 2017 and is available on all major platforms. This ambitious project was written, recorded and produced by Sam, and features collaborations with avant-garde saxophone giant Tim Berne and Volcano Choir drummer Jon Mueller. Beginning in August of 2017 he will be traveling the globe studying music for a year on a prestigious Watson Fellowship. His travels will take him to the United Kingdom, Armenia, Peru, India, Japan, Bali and South Africa where he will be steeping in unfamiliar musical traditions. Music can be a powerful tool to bridge cultural gaps. Bearing this in mind, he hopes to co-create music that makes this evident, engaging in musical collaborations that push against the boundaries of existing genres.