Photo: Frank Schemmann

Sam Amidon (US)

Folk Songs

Sam Amidon_voc, git, bjo
& EOS Chamber Orchestra

Returning to his roots in Vermont and recalling his Appalachian travels, Sam Amidon
will perform distinctive reworkings of traditional American songs - murder ballads, mountain songs and folk hymns - accompanied by a chamber orchestra.

The Following Mountain

Sam Amidon_voc, git, bjo, vl
Stian Westerhus_git
Kris Davis_p
Robert Landfermann_b
Greg Fox_dr

Based on Sam Amidon’s 2017 album by the same name, this festival-specific convening of
Triennale musicians’ fuses Amidon‘s folk-based song-writing and original composition with
expansive improvisation.

About Sam Amidon

Sam Amidon (born in 1981, Vermont, USA) is an American folk musician. Singer Amidon plays guitar, banjo and violin, his works succeeding in combining traditional
North American music with a personalised contemporary vocabulary. He creates a sound which is both historically-charged and free-form in its improvisational approach.

Both of his parents are folk musicians. Mary Alice Amidon and Peter Amidon had a major influence on their son's development. Sam has a reputation for musical curiosity and stylistic openness. His self-released debut album Solo Fiddle in 2001 exclusively showcased traditional fiddle instrumentals. Amidon's unique artistry results from his extremely playful and experimental approach as well as his distinctive vocals and idiosyncratic intonation.

Sam Amidon currently lives in London with his wife and son, maintaining close relations with many international artists. He is one of the main signings to Bedroom Community, the Reykjavik-based record label collective founded by Valgeir Sigurðsson, Nico Muhly and Ben Frost. Bedroom Community released his second album All Is Well in 2008.
Amidon’s current album The Following Mountain appeared in 2017, on the Nonesuch label, and in contrast to earlier albums, solely showcases his own compositions.

Amidon works as a solo artist, but also engages in all manner of collective contexts ranging from street concerts to performances with symphonic orchestras.

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