Mr Ron Brian Samsom

MMus, BMus


Ron Samsom began lecturing at the University of Auckland in 2003 and has coordinated the jazz studies programme since 2006. His current teaching portfolio includes:  jazz history, Honours composition, percussion ensemble, small ensembles, drum set instruction and Postgraduate supervision. Ron is an active performer, composer and researcher in the area of improvised music and his work features on many local and international recordings. Prior to moving to New Zealand, Ron’s career began in Canada after completing a Diploma in Music at Grant MacEwan College, a Bmus from St Francis Xavier and an MMus from McGill University. Ron’s unique approach to performing has made him highly regarded in the musical communities here and abroad. With many ongoing collaborations and projects such as the “Samsom Nacey Haines Trio”,“DOG” and “Neutrino Funk”, Ron has established a strong publishing relationship with Rattle records and shares a similar goal of producing a rich tapestry of improvised music featuring New Zealand based musicians. Recent performances with visiting international artists include: Marc Isaacs (AUS), Benny Lackner (GER), Mike Nock (AUS), Barney McAll (USA), Chris Cody (FRA), James Muller (AUS) Jef Nev (BELGIUM), George Garzone (USA) 


Research | Current

  • Performance informed teaching in improvised music
  • Exploring the creative practice of improvisation through collaborative research

Teaching | Current


  • MUS 773 Jazz Composition
  • MUS 371,370,271,270,171,170  Jazz Performance (Drums)
  • MUS 372,273 272,197ab Jazz Ensembles
  • MUS 377 Hugo Middledorp, Composition special topic
  • MUS 277 Ben Frater, style transcription/analysis of Tony Williams


  • MUS 772 Jazz Composition
  • MUS 372,273,272,173,172 Percussion Ensemble
  • MUS 176 Jazz History

Postgraduate supervision


  • MMUS Eamon Edmunston-Wells, performance
  • HONS Calum Dundas, performance


  • MMUS Stephen Thomas, The prepared drumset: Sonic adventures in jazz drumming 2019 (Co-supervised with David Lines)
  • HONS MUS 753 Daniel Waterson, Analysis of modern jazz drummers who have taken influence from popular music 2018

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Manins, R., & Samsom, R. Shuffle, 28/11/2018. [CD], Rattle Records, Auckland, New Zealand. Commissioning body: University of Auckland Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Roger Manins
  • Manins, R., Field, K., Holland, O., & Samsom, R. No Dogs Allowed, 10/6/2018. [CD], Rattle Records, Auckland, New Zealand. Commissioning body: Rattle Records, Auckland
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Olivier Holland, Roger Manins
  • Watson, N., Samsom, R., Manins, R., & Holland, O. Studies in tubular, 10/2/2017. [CD], .
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Roger Manins, Olivier Holland
  • Samsom, R., & Neutrino Funk Experience Ace tone: Ron Samsom and the Neutrino Funk Experience, 1/7/2015. [CD], (80 mins), , Commissioning body: Rattle Records
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Roger Manins
  • Samsom, R. B., Haines, K, & Nacey, D Open to Suggestions: Samsom Nacey Haines [Compact disc], 23/3/2009. CD Recording, Commissioning body: Ode Records Related URL.

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 9, Room 915
New Zealand

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