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9 January 2014

Sam Amidon & Nico Muhly at Carnegie Hall - NYC

Sam Amidon and Nico Muhly will be performing "Two Sisters" from his Mothertongue album at Carnegie Hall as part of a festival David Lang is hosting there called "Collected Stories."

Hailed as “one of the most vital groups of its kind” (The New York Times), the “new-music dream team” (Time Out New York) Signal is joined by The Uncluded and some of the most inventive soloists on the new-music scene (including Nadia Sirota) to explore the duality of love and lost love rooted in narrative music making. Curated by David Lang—this season's holder of the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair—as part of his collected stories series, the program includes works by Julia Wolfe and Nico Muhly that musically examine the emotional impact and intensity of intoxicating love, envy, betrayal, and devastating loss. 

Check out this video from David Lang introducing the series here


What the press says

 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  

Stephen M. Deusner — Pitchfork (January 6th 2010) Read all reviews

"Sam Amidon reinvents public-domain songs (plus one modern-day ringer) as rustic mood music for watching distant super-novas explode. But the results have none of the musty aftertaste such a description implies, contrasting pretty sounds with violent lyrical undercurrents."

Spin Magazine (March 2nd 2010) ★★★★★★★★ Read all reviews

“The combination of artists on this album deliver such an intense experience and I can’t help but be fascinated by it all. I’m quite in awe to be honest, and I use such words very sparingly when I talk about music. This is certainly his best work to date.”

Folk Radio (March 17th 2010) Read all reviews

 Amidon - with Sigurdsson, Muhly, multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily and on Beth Orton - brings a heightened reality and off-register colour to these black-and-white broadsides.  

Andrew Male — MOJO (March 18th 2010) ★★★★★★★★★★ Read all reviews

[These performances] are passively beautiful, combed-over, thought-out, and then re-remembered fondly, wistfully... Yet that passivity is the key to the earnest openness that makes Amidon’s new album transcend.

Dan Weiss — Crawdaddy Magazine (March 18th 2010) Read all reviews

 I’ll keep it short, because the more time you spend reading this, the less time you have to listen to Sam Amidon’s new album, I See The Sign, and it would really be a shame if you didn’t spend the next occasion you find yourself alone in the company of these friendly, forgiving, firelit songs.  


Lauren Strain — Drownedinsound (April 19th 2010) ★★★★★★★★ Read all reviews

 Two and a Half Questions with Sam Amidon  


Josh Atkin — Headphonecommute ITV (April 20th 2010) ★★★★★★★ Read all reviews

 Sam Amidon’s music is bigger and better than any retrospective reworkings. For this is contemporary music, providing an outlet for forgotten sounds and breathing oxygen into new creations.  


Josh Atkin — HeadphoneCommute (April 20th 2010) ★★★★★★★★★ Read all reviews

 I See the Sign ... his interpretations are so singular that it stops mattering how (or if) these songs existed before—all that matters is how they exist now.  


Amanda Petrusich — Pitchfork (April 21st 2010) ★★★★★★★★★ Read all reviews

...Amidon’s instincts and talents as a musical conservationist, interpreter, and reanimator are to be wholly trusted and cherished.

All Music (May 30th 2010) ★★★★★★★★★ Read all reviews

“this IS an epochal masterpiece – placing it side by side with the finest albums of the last four decades”

Massimo Ricci — Touching Extremes (June 28th 2010) Read all reviews

As with ‘All Is Well’, there are arrangements here that take your breath away…....this album is another complete success for the most interesting and promising folk musician in North America today

Ian Mathers — PopMatters (December 17th 2010) ★★★★★★★★★ Read all reviews

With All Is Well, Sam Amidon has crafted a precious gem of a record, all in nuances and shades, with delicate overtones and airy harmonies. Sigurðsson’s production is light and subtle yet it gives these songs fantastic depth and contrast without ever overshadowing Amidon’s delivery.

themilkman — The Milk Factory (October 17th 2007) ★★★★★★★★★★ Read all reviews

"sky-scrapingly great ... All Is Well is viscerally stunning, comforting, upsetting, entrancing; as long as he can make art like this, Amidon can skip the formality of 'writing songs' forever"

Ian Mathers — Stylus Magazine (October 30th 2007) Read all reviews

...a very pleasant modern folk album filled with interpretations of older public domain standards.

All Music (November 1st 2007) ★★★★★★★ Read all reviews

"A veritable classic, a standard for comparisons in this genre from now on. Not to be missed."

Touching Extremes (November 11th 2007) Read all reviews

"Nothing less than a goose-bump-manufacturing sonic piéce de résistance"

Kathleen Wilcox — CMJ New Music Monthly (February 1st 2008) Read all reviews

 All Is Well a very forward-thinking album, despite its reliance on traditional tunes. With his team of musicians working so closely together, Amidon doesn't just update the old world to the new, but finds the roots of the new world in the old.  

Stephen M. Deusner — Pitchfork (February 8th 2008) ★★★★★★★★ Read all reviews

"In an era of overheated Nick Drake comparisons, Amidon is eerily close to the real thing, singing in a fragile but certain tenor against the deep breath and soft sweep of Nico Muhly’s orchestrations."

David Fricke — Rolling Stone Magazine (February 28th 2008) Read all reviews


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