Birthed in the engine room of a steamboat, Samson Y Hiss (sam(p)-sən wī his) exited the womb to the sounds of creaking wood, hissing steam, and clapping mechanics. At the age of 12 he jumped ship and was adopted by Austrian gypsies who trained him in the art of composing and organ grinding. Sleight of hand and chicanery soon followed. Hiding out in an abandoned church after selling snake oil to a mute child, Samson Y Hiss armed himself with a bass drum and wig, and marched past the authorities to the open road. Realizing the elusive power of his performance he began conjuring up grander musical schemes. When not composing circus music or skirting the law, he can be found on the pier playing multiple instruments on a unicycle.
Samson Y Hiss spent his formative years studying piano and performance at the Olympia Piano Academy in Olympia, WA—which has since disbanded. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Technology from Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY. He studied choral music at the International School of Music in Salzburg, Austria. He fell in love with the pipe organ while touring Germany. His teachers in composition include Richard Burchard, Todd Hildreth and Belinda Reynolds. His current composition instructor is Elinor Armer from the San Francisco Conservatory.
Leaving gasps in his wake, Samson Y Hiss is the world record holder for the Most Musical Instruments Played While Riding a Unicycle. Believe it. Similar musical acts of astonishment are currently underway. Samson Y Hiss lives in Oakland, CA.