Massimo "Massi" Sammi is a composer, arranger and guitarist based in Los Angeles. An Italian born, naturalized U.S. citizen, Sammi studied classical guitar and composition at the "Niccolò Paganini" Conservatory in his native Genoa, and in 2007 won a scholarship to study composition and improvisation at the New England Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Charlie Banacos, Ran Blake, Ken Schaphorst and Michael Gandolfi, graduating with top honors in 2011.
While in Boston, in 2009 he released the CD “First Day", an improvised storyboarding of the movie “A Beautiful Mind", featuring him on guitar, Dominique Eade on voice, George Garzone on saxophone, John Lockwood on bass, and Yoron Israel on drums. Following the release concert at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City, the recording has been broadcast by 40 radio stations in the U.S. and and abroad and has received positive reviews by the major jazz magazines including JazzTimes and Jazziz.
Over the past two decades Massi proved his versatility as a composer, writing for a variety of ensembles, instruments and styles, including jazz orchestra and nonet, chamber ensembles, symphonic orchestra and contemporary electronic music.
His work can be heard in the award-winning animation show "Lost in Oz" currently streaming on Amazon Prime, for which he wrote additional music while working as the assistant to Emmy and Grammy award winning composer Adam Berry.
Sammi made his debut as a film composer in 2009, when Emerson College Prof. Daniel Gaucher offered him to score the documentary “Written in Stone", premiered at the 2010 Boston International Film Festival. As an arranger, he has proven his versatility in projects spanning from co-writing with indie songwriter Noni Culotta the song "Coney Island Boy", winner of the Brooklyn/Sweden Songwriting Contest, to various jazz and funk ensembles. His arrangement of the standard "Tenderly" for jazz guitar trio and string orchestra recently won the 2016 ASMAC Van Alexander Award for Best Instrumental Arranging.
Known for his versatility and unique composing style, blending jazz, classical, pop and rock influences, Massi has been involved in the diverse film community of New York City while attending NYU for his Master’s degree in Scoring for Film and Multimedia. He had the chance to score many shorts, documentaries and web series, including “The Hunter and the Swan Discuss Their Meeting" by director Emily Carmichael, premiered at Sundance 2011 and winner of a Wasserman/King Award. In Los Angeles, Sammi's music has been immediately recognized for its originality: his quirky score for the superhero comedy "Zeroes" got recently nominated for Best Original Score at the 2017 "Indie Series Awards".
Massi is an avid swimmer since his childhood, growing up playing waterpolo in his native town of Genoa, and when he's not scoring, assisting, practicing or networking, can probably be found doing laps in the nearest olympic sized pool, or contemplating the deceiving simplicity of the "Peanuts". And yes, of course, Sally Brown is his favorite character.