The Cedar Presents
SAM AMIDON with Humbird
Thursday April 25th, 2019 / Doors: 7:00 PM / Show: 7:30 PM
$18 Advance / $20 Day of Show
This is a seated show. General Admission tickets are available online, by phone, Electric Fetus, and The Cedar during shows.
Read The Cedar’s interview with Sam Amidon here.
Sam Amidon is a singer-fiddler-banjoist-guitarist originally hailing from Vermont. His most recent album, The Following Mountain, which fuses folk-inspired song form with experimental improvisation, was released in May of 2017 by Nonesuch Records and featured appearances from legendary percussionist Milford Graves.
Prior to The Following Mountain, Amidon released five solo albums on the Bedroom Community and Nonesuch labels. Amidon's material for these albums consists primarily of adventurous reworkings of traditional American ballads, hymns and work songs, with the New York Times writing that Amidon "transforms all of the songs, changing their colors and loading them with trapdoors." The albums have been deeply collaborative in nature, inviting contributions from musicians such as composer Nico Muhly, guitarist Bill Frisell, and trumpeter Kenny Wheeler.
Sam Amidon has also recorded or performed as a guest artists with musicians such as Jason Moran, Bon Iver, Tune-Yards, Pekka Kuusisto, John Prine, and Amidon’s wife, singer-songwriter Beth Orton. He has also appeared as a soloist performing his songs with orchestras such as the SPCO, The Britten Sinfonia, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, among others.
Combining a wintry longing with the warmth of a familiar folktale, Humbird stretches between experimental folk and environmental Americana to embrace the unexpected. This music invites a refreshing dissonance into the house, it leaves breadcrumbs along the path and reflects light back at the stars.
Currently based in Minneapolis MN, Humbird’s companion EPs “Elsewhere” and “Where Else” were released in summer 2017. Both collections explore themes of the human body within various environments and showcase minimalist soundscapes, looping, and extended vocal techniques to create an otherworldly, though familiar sound rooted in folk music traditions.
Now, moving between intimate solo performances, improvised duo sets and full band arrangements, the songs and stories continue to evolve, shift and flourish. Humbird’s debut full length album is set to be released in 2019.