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About Samuel Ferrer…

Samuel Ferrer is the creator, songwriter, and bassist for Shaolin Fez, for whom he has also written and produced both “Calm Your Storm” (2012) and the crowd-funded “This Is Now Our Home” (2019) studio recordings. He is also a published novelist.

Born and raised in northern California, Sam moved to Asia from New York City in 2002 to become a member of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. A professional double bassist, he has toured throughout Asia, Europe, South America, and Australia. During his time in New York, Sam performed in Carnegie Hall with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the New York Pops, among numerous others.

Sam holds degrees from Yale – where he received the Slam Stewart Outstanding Bassist Award — and the University of Southern California, and spent a year in Paris in between degrees as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar.

As a writer of fiction, Sam became the only non-Asian to have ever been nominated for the most prestigious literary award in Asia, the Man Asian Literary Prize (“The Booker of Asia”), for his historical fiction debut novel, “The Last Gods of Indochine” (Signal 8 Press). The novel was written in the bars of Bangkok, Saigon, Hanoi, the cafes of Laos, the mountains of Sapa, and on location throughout Cambodia. An avid traveler, Sam has been to over 50 countries.

The Last Gods of Indochine has been an “Editor’s Choice” for both The Historical Novel Society and Book Browse, and has also been a Bookworm Beijing Book Club Selection of the Month.

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