The Elements (a group I sing with) just finished applying for an artist residency at The Headlands Center for the Arts for 2016. As part of that process, I had to make a resume suitable for what we as a vocal improv & sound healing quintet are up to. So…not a corporate resume, not something from my One Mouth Band or Journeys In Rhythm press kits, but something new that shows the breadth & depth of my performance credibility, production skills, facilitation experience, sound healing qualifications, and then throw in a little corporate experience for good measure. I had never had such a comprehensive resume request, but said “sure, I can do that!”

liarOf course I did, then I started doing it… I had to drop stuff left and right just to make it fit on one page, front & back. And after finally pulling so many strands of my life together, I realized that I have a slight problem: this does not even look believable. What a great problem to have! I swear I did not see this coming, and that every word is true.

Y’know, sometimes in the middle of stressing about all the things that didn’t happen or getting lost in the chaos of all that is happening, I forget just how incredible and unbelievable my life really is. It’s good to just sit back and marvel at the wonder of it all with gratitude and humility. I’m not even 40 yet, and look at all this. I can’t even take credit for half of the following items, I can only give thanks for having been lucky enough to live them.

Sam Rogers

OneMouthBand@gmail.com • Sam-Rogers.com • 415-742-1785

Singing & Acting

  • First solo a cappella act to compete against groups (3rd Place, Vokal Total Int’l A Cappella Festival, 2004)
  • One of the nation’s top beatboxers (Finalist, First US Beatbox Championships, 2010)
  • Sung everything from 1st Soprano to 2nd Bass in touring choirs & professional a cappella groups
  • Stage, screen, & voice actor with strong improv skills
  • Emcee/Host/Entertainer for various fundraisers, benefits, showcases, & corporate events 

Recording & Technical

  • Recorded/Produced 7 albums (3 solo a cappella as The One Mouth Band)
  • Recorded with several Grammy-winning artists (Narada Michael Walden, Joe Satriani, DJ Qbert, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Sammy Hagar, Gunnar Madsen, Roy Rogers) & lots of other amazing folks
  • Live Sound Engineer, Roadie, Road Manager, & Stage Manager for international touring acts
  • Sound Designer, Composer, & Voiceover Talent (film, radio, TV, stage, audiobook, web)
  • Video Editor & Video Marketer (Google/YouTube, GoPro, other clients) 

Teaching & Facilitation

  • Led experiential & interactive music workshops in CircleSong, TaKeTiNa, beatbox, body music, and vocal performance, across 5 continents at locations such as: Stanford University, Musik Akademie du Basel, The Sound Healing Institute, The Esalen Institute, Harbin Retreat Center, World Rhythm Festival, Los Angeles A Cappella Festival, Jambalaya Festival, Burning Man, and many more
  • Ongoing private vocal students, beatbox lessons, live looping instruction, and improv/musicianship students
  • Senior Instructional Designer & Consultant since 2007 (clients include: Google, Deloitte, AAA, Del Monte)

Healing & Sounding

  • Studied sacred sound under Pat Moffit Cook (Christian, Buddhist, Hindu and Vedic Chant)
  • 25 years assisting Clairvoyant & Healer Phyllis Moline Laursen (Wynton Marsalis, Al Gore, Sting, etc.)
  • Massage & Acupressure Practitioner since 1997

Production, Management, & Marketing

  • Writer/Director/Producer for stage & screen
  • Liaison between performers, crew, investors, media, public
  • Web Designer, Graphic Designer, Social Media Strategist, Crowdfunding Consultant, etc.

PERFORMANCE HISTORY

The One Mouth Band (solo a cappella & live looping) – Vocalist, Beatboxer 2000-current
Raditatical (rhythmic theater show) – Coproducer, Cowriter, Sound Designer 2014
The Elements (improv vocal quintet) – Improviser 2012-current
The Bay Area Sonic Ensemble (body music group) – Vocalist, Percussive Dancer 2010-2013
One On One (a cappella duo) – Vocalist, Beatboxer, Looper 2009-2011
SoVoSo (spin-off of Bobby McFerrin’s Voicestra) – Vocalist, Vocal Percussionist 2005-2010
The Irrationals (a cappella group) – Vocalist, Arranger, Vocal Percussionist 2001-2010
By George, It’s War (local theater production) – Actor/Singer: Malcolm 2004
Treated & Released (SF improv troupe) – Improv Actor 2002-2003
The Fantastics (local theater production) – Actor/Singer: Matt / The Boy 2001
Improvox (SF improv acting/vocal group) – Improv Actor, Vocalist 1998-2000
Audio Radiance (collegiate a cappella group) – Vocalist, Vocal Percussionist 1996-1998
Paramount’s Great America Improv Actor: Ferengi (Star Trek alien) 1995-1996
‘Til Dawn (teen a capella group) – Founder, Director, Arranger, Vocalist 1994-1996

 

PERSONAL HIGHLIGHTS

  • Accidentally spitting on Gen. Colin Powell while performing for him at dozens of other US dignitaries
  • My original song “Carried Away” being nominated for Best Song by a Solo Performer in the 2013 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards (CARAs – aka “the grammys of a cappella music”)
  • Seeing myself on the big screen at the premiere of the award-winning documentary American Beatboxer
  • Hearing my name & Ward Swingle Award announced in German…and having no idea what I just won
  • Getting flown to Singapore to do 5 performances, 3 workshops, and 2 media interviews in 3 days
  • Being invited to perform & teach at the International Body Music Festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Debuting my very first theatrical production at 1000-seat theater in Hollywood
  • Realizing a childhood dream by singing Bobby McFerrin’s lead vocal part on his “Sweet in the Mornin’” along with several members of Voicestra at Yoshi’s Jazz House
  • Performing with my father (blues slide guitarist Roy Rogers) and his band at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival to a packed tent of many thousands
  • Red carpet treatment at JPF Awards in LA when 1st solo CD was nominated Best Vocal Jazz Album
  • The first time leading 500+ people in an improvised CircleSong and having it work
  • Helping birth Graceful Passages: a Companion for Living and Dying (2-CD/Giftbook) for hospice
  • Being a founding member of ongoing expressive communities like: The Mersey Sound Collective (Sydney), The Vowel Movement (San Francisco), Speak The Music (Berkeley), and The Body Music Lab (Oakland)
  • Singing through a dust storm during surprise parade of 5000+ of crazy naked people at Burning Man
  • Facilitating real organizational change through music at Genentech with One World Music
  • Getting a standing ovation for my solo act when closing out a show at The Great American Music Hall
  • Doing my first 2+ hour solo show, ditching all my rehearsed material and simply improvising
  • Singing at the United Nation’s 50th Anniversary Celebration with my teen group ‘Til Dawn

TESTIMONIALS 

“Sam is an amazing vocal talent, as well as highly efficient, organized, and detail oriented. He has an uncanny ability to herd cats, and is always coming up with great creative solutions!” – Dan Alvarez, Composer, Producer, & Engineer at Remal Music Group

“Give this man a mic! Get him on a mic!” – Narada Michael Walden, Grammy award-winning Producer & Performer

“Sam’s classes are quite inspiring.  He is not only totally engaging, he has taken the components [of music] and creatively come up how they fit into an overall perspective… His classes are organized and intriguing.” – David Gibson, Director of The Sound & Consciousness Institute

“Sam is a fabulous instructor! His workshop totally blew my mind! The quality of performance mixed with instruction and hands on learning was clear, precise, and inspirational at the same time. What were only concepts before became new awareness & tangible tools in this safe environment of exploration/connection.” – Bronkar Lee, Circus Performer & former member of The Blue Man Group

EDUCATION

  • Certified TaKeTiNa Rhythm Leader – Basic, The TaKeTiNa Institute, Vienna, Austria – 2009
  • B.A. Communications (Media & Music Arts), Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA – 1999
  • Certified Acupressure Practitioner, The Acupressure Institute, Berkeley, CA – 1997
  • Vocal Jazz, Phil Mattson’s School for the Music Vocations, Creston, IA – 1996

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

Snap Synapse LLCPresident & Principal Consultant 2007-current
GreenPoint Mortgage / Northfork Bank – eLearning Developer 2001-2007
Remal Music Group / Companion Arts Office Manager & Production Director 1999-2001

Not to shabby, eh? Here’s the Downloadable PDF version if you want to, y’know, hire me for stuff… 🙂