Samuel Holloway (b. 1981) is based in Auckland. His work is often concerned with the perception of musical time and form, music’s materialities, and the relationship between notation and performance. Samuel’s work has been performed by prominent artists and ensembles in Asia, Europe and North America, including Klangforum Wien, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Stroma, and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Samuel lectures in music at Unitec, Auckland, and is artistic director of 175 East.
Strange Loops was written for Stroma, with funding from Creative New Zealand. Samuel finds a parallel to his work in this quote by Justin Paton in Julia Morrison's illustrated book A Loop Around a Loop: "When a line bends around and crosses itself, a loop is what you have. Too loose, and you have a mere curve. Too tangled, and you have a knot. There’s room in a loop for play and change – it’s a connection but not a conclusion."