Sam Reider

Sam Reider, a jazz pianist who has become a roots musician is redefining American music with the accordion. He has been featured on NPR and Lincoln Center, as well as performing alongside jazz and folk stars around the globe, including Jon Batiste, Stay Human, T-Pain and Bluegrass mandolin prodigy Sierra Hull and Venezuelan cuatro virtuoso Jorge Glem. Too Hot To Sleep, Reider’s debut album, features his distinctive compositional voice and a group of musical collaborators and compadres called The Human Hands. Reider was born in San Francisco to a musical theatre composer, and a klezmer musician. Reider began performing as a child and was interviewed by Marian McPartland on NPR’s “Piano Jazz” after he graduated from high school. He fell in love with American folk music at Columbia University. Sam started studying bluegrass music and old-time music. He also learned how to transcribe the accordion melodies and sing the songs. He was then able to embark on a journey that took him from back porches to dive bars to concert halls, and major festivals in nearly every state. As a U.S. Department of State musical ambassador, Sam traveled to China, Laos and Myanmar with his accordion and collaborated whenever possible with international artists. He’s now surrounded by some of the best young acoustic musicians in Brooklyn. The Human Hands have a loyal following and are known for their mind-bending, high-energy, improvised music. from

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