Too Hot To Sleep, the debut record from accordionist, pianist, and composer Sam Reider is the music that gets stuck in your head and keeps you up at night. Born out of many months of heavy touring, sleep deprivation, and creative excess, Too Hot To Sleep is part journey through the underworld and part midnight revelry.
Sam Reider is an award-winning composer, multi-instrumentalist, and singer that is making waves at the intersection of the jazz and Americana worlds. He's been featured on NPR's "Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland" and performed or recorded with artists ranging from Jon Batiste and Stay Human to viral YouTube group CDZA, legendary NY Philharmonic composer David Amram to Latin Grammy Award-winner Jorge Glem. He was awarded "Best Americana Album" by the Independent Music Awards for his work with Silver City Bound, and has toured as musical ambassador for the U.S. Department of State in eight countries overseas.
The Human Hands are a collective of virtuoso acoustic musicians based in New York City who have developed a cultish following and a reputation for mind-bending sets of high-energy, improvised music. The Human Hands include some of the finest artists in American roots music: Violinist Alex Hargreaves (Turtle Island Quartet, Sarah Jarosz, Béla Fleck), saxophonist Eddie Barbash (Late Night with Stephen Colbert, Jon Batiste and Stay Human), guitarist Grant Gordy (David Grisman, Darol Anger, Aoife O'Donovan), mandolinist Dominick Leslie (Michael Daves, Tony Trischka, Deadly Gentleman), guitarist Roy Williams (Stephane Wrembel), and bassist Dave Speranza (Jim Campilongo).
A jazz pianist turned folk musician, Sam has spent the last eight years redefining American roots music on the accordion. His original music draws inspiration from sources ranging from Woody Guthrie to George Gershwin to Ennio Morricone. Sam has been featured on Marian McPartland’s “Piano Jazz” on NPR, the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, toured in seven countries overseas, and appears regularly at Jazz at Lincoln Center and major festivals nationwide.
Sam is co-leader of Brooklyn-based roots band Silver City Bound, which the Huffington Post calls, “Americana at its best.” In 2013 the U.S. Department of State selected Silver City Bound to be cultural ambassadors overseas, and they conducted a six-week tour of China, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam. In 2016 they went abroad again, this time to Azerbaijan and Istanbul, where they collaborated on a benefit concert with young Syrian, Turkish, Kurdish, Palestinian, and American musicians. Global Citizen’s coverage of the concert is available here.
Sam’s latest project, the Human Hands, presents his unique compositional voice alongside an ensemble of virtuosic bluegrass and acoustic musicians. The sound of the music has been compared to that of the Punch Brothers, David Grisman, and Andrew Bird—an irresistible mixture of bluegrass, gypsy jazz, and mysterious sounds from around the world. In live shows, Sam often incorporates piano, synthesizer and vocals into the instrumentation of the band. With catchy tunes, a fiery pulse, and mind-bending improvisation, Sam and his band put on spontaneous live performances that keep audiences on their toes.
* = with Phoebe Hunt and the Gatherers
^ = with Silver City Bound (bandleader)
^Folk Alliance International Conference, Kansas City, MO - 2015, 2016, 2017
^Philadelphia Folk Festival, Philadelphia, PA - 2013
^Kerrville Folk Festival, Kerrville, TX - 2014
^Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York, NY - 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
^Swallow Hill Music Center, Denver, CO - 2015, 2017
^Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival, Guthrie, OK - 2014
^San Francisco Jazz Festival, San Francisco, CA - 2015
^Freight and Salvage, San Francisco, CA - 2014, 2015, 2016
^C-U Folk and Roots Festival, Urbana, IL - 2016
^City Winery, Nashville, TN - 2016
^Cotati Accordion Festival, Cotati, CA - 2015
^Accordions in Bryant Park Festival, New York, NY - 2016, 2017
^City Winery, New York, NY (opening for Sam Bush) - 2015
^UC Berkeley Botanic Garden Summer Series - 2017
^Blue Ridge Music Center, Galax, VA (opening for Carolina Chocolate Drops and headliner) - 2015, 2016
^Buffa's, New Orleans, LA - 2015, 2016, 2017
^Blue Moon Saloon, Lafayette, LA - 2016
^Carolina Theater, Greensboro, NC (opening for MIPSO) - 2016
^U.S. Department of State Tour of Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, China, Vietnam - 2014
^U.S. Department of State Tour of Azerbaijan and Istanbul, TK - 2016
*Pagosa Folk n' Bluegrass Festival, Pagosa Springs, CO - 2017
*The Basement, Nashville, TN - 2017
*Strawberry Music Festival, Grass Valley, CA - 2017
*Riverlink Concerts, Amsterdam, NY - 2017
*Le Fet de Marquette, Madison, NY - 2017
*Acoustic Fest, Manitowok, WI - 2017
*Levitt Shell, Memphis, TN - 2017
*Freight and Salvage, San Francisco, CA - 2017
*Palms Playhouse, Winters, CA - 2017
*The Hoot, Olivebridge, NY - 2017
*Sister Folk Festival, Sisters, OR - 2017
*Americana Music Awards Festival, Nashville, TN - 2017
Other Select Dates:
Mountain Top Arboretum, Tannersville, NY (Presented by Catskills Jazz Factory) - 2017
Monterey Jazz Festival, Monterey, CA (with Ben Flocks Battle Mountain) - 2012
Yoshi's San Francisco, CA (with Uptown Trio) - 2007
Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. - 2011
YouTube Music Awards, New York, NY (with CDZA and T-Pain) - 2015
Blue Note, NYC (with Jon Batiste and Stay Human) - 2011
Great American Music Hall (featuring David Grisman and John Handy) - 2007
The Falcon, Marlboro, NY - regular shows 2009-2017