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SAM AMIDON with Humbird

  • The Cedar Cultural Center 416 Cedar Avenue South Minneapolis, MN, 55454 United States (map)

The Cedar Presents

SAM AMIDON with Humbird

Thursday April 25th, 2019 / Doors: 7:00 PM / Show: 7:30 PM

All Ages

$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.

Amidon is doing to folk what Arthur Russell did to disco and dance music: The components are taken context-free and mixed around. He can recognize the patterns of bluegrass or jazz or indie rock without being bound to them. The result is compelling.
— Wondering Sound

SAM AMIDON

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.

HUMBIRD

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. 

Later Event: April 26
POKEY LAFARGE