Sam Gardner is an artist based in London. He works with a number of internationally acclaimed artists including Submotion Orchestra, Ikestra, Moonlight Saving Time, Krzysztof Urbanski, Dominic J Marshall and he released his debut album with Samadhi Quintet in March 2015 on the F-IRE label.
Sam was exposed to music from an early age. Born into a musical family, his grandfather John Gardner (1917-2011) was a prolific British composer, musician and teacher; and his father Chris Gardner, a musician, composer and musical director.
Though primarily a drummer Sam is an experienced double bass player and was principal bassist of the Hampshire County Youth Orchestra in 2006. He plays a wide range of music in a variety of styles including jazz, Indian classical music, Salsa and other Latin American styles. He has performed with many established musicians such as Krzysztof Urbanski, Toni Kofi, Tim Whitehead, Jamil Sheriff, Jiannis Pavlidis, Mark Donlon, Joel Purnell, Stuart McCallum, Omar Puente, Christine Tobin and John Surman.
Since 2009 Sam has studied the Indian classical repertoire of the Tabla under the legendary Bhupinder Singh Chaggar. Under his tutelage he has learned the repertoire of the tabla and translated it for performances on drum kit. In 2011 he was involved with initiating IMOWI (Indian Music On Western Instruments) with with saxophonist Jesse Bannister.
In 2011 Sam he was awarded a place on the Jazz Yorkshire Futures Scheme which has afforded him the opportunity to write and record with his quartet, study with drummer Dave Hassle and pianist/drummer Gary Husband. Then in 2012 he was awarded the Jazz Services Recording Support award and the Touring Support award for his band Samadhi Quintet who recorded their debut album ‘The Dance of Venus’ in 2015.
To date Sam continues to perform across the UK and is in high demand on the national music scene.