Dienstag 25.11.2014, 20:30

Where: Basel
Genre: Americana | Singer Songwriter

The formidable Sam Amidon is back with us this Autumn! We love Sam’s work; He’s touching, funny and completely unexpected. If you know his music, you’ll know not to miss him! If you don’t know his music – don’t miss him!

“Best Americana Album of 2013″ – Mojo
“100 Favorite Songs of 2013″ – NPR Music
“#1 Indie Roots Album of 2013″ – Magnet Magazine

Der Wahl-Londoner Sam Amidon wuchs als Kind musikalischer Puppenspieler in Vermont auf, umgeben von Musikinstrumenten und Musik von Miles Davis bis Talking Heads. Mit Anfang Zwanzig zog der versierte Irish Fiddler nach New York, um seiner Leidenschaft für freejazz nachzugehen. Gitarre zu lernen und in Irish Pubs auf zu spielen. Allmählich baute er Storytelling und schräge Tanzeinlagen in seine Shows ein, trat in „The Kitchen“ in Chelsea auf, wirkte in musikalischen Performances des Multitalents Nico Muhly mit und tourte mit der Band Doveman seines Jugendfreundes Thomas Bartlett. Erst neulich startete er eine Reihe von Liveshows mit dem geistesverwandten Gitarristen Bill Frisell.
Mit minimalem instrumentalen Einsatz, Sounds und Samples entstehen musikalische Miniaturen in der US-Folk- und Countrytradition. Amidons Kompositionen bestechen durch Schlichtheit und Ökonomie der Mittel. Der junge Vater lebt inzwischen mit seiner Gattin Beth Orton in London.


Raised in Vermont by folk-musician parents, Sam Amidon sings and plays fiddle, banjo, and guitar. A musician who glides through an unlikely set of genres from traditional folk to free jazz, Amidon also plays in the New York-based indie-rock bands Doveman and Stars Like Fleas. After a seven-year stint in New York City, Amidon has been touring and collaborating with a roster of renowned musicians, including Shahzad Ismaily, Nico Muhly, Thomas Bartlett, Ben Frost and Valgeir Sigurðsson.

Amidon’s second album, All Is Well, released by Bedroom Community, was produced by Valgeir Sigurðsson, with orchestral arrangements by Nico Muhly and contributions from Stefan Amidon, Ben Frost, Eyvind Kang, and Aaron Siegel. In 2009, Amidon debuted Muhly’s reworked folk composition “The Only Tune” at Carnegie Hall.

On Amidon’s “I See The Sign”, he works with old-time melodies and lyrics as a starting point for creating atmosphere. His long-time collaborator, Shahzad Ismaily – a multi-instrumentalist and composer who has worked with a diverse range of musicians including Laurie Anderson, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Jolie Holland, Rage Against the Machine, Lou Reed, and Tom Waits – proved foundational to the creation of I See The Sign.

Amidon draws comics and makes videos. His work has shown in the galleries Kuhturm in Leipzig, Audio Visual Arts in New York City, and in a multimedia performance at New York’s Museum of Art and Design.

“Sam Amidon sees no difference between a 19th-century folk ballad and a 21st-century avant-garde instrumental suite. In bridging the very old and the very new… he has managed to meld the rural and the urban, the organic and the synthetic, the oral tradition and the written score” – Pitchfork


TASTE-TIPS

Bedroom Community’s Sam Amidon site

Sam Amidon’s own site

Sam Amidon & Beth Orton sing “Relief” here

Listen to Saro here

Sam Amidon with Bedroom Community here


Eintritt: 25.-/20.- (ermässigt)
Kombi-Ticket: 65.- (3-Gang-Menü + Konzert-Eintritt)