Centenary Stage Company wraps up its 2020 January Thaw Music Festival with Sam Reider and the Human Hands. A jazz pianist turned folk musician, Sam Reider has spent the last eight years redefining American roots music on the accordion. He is an award-winning composer, multi-instrumentalist and singer that is making waves at the intersection of the jazz and Americana worlds. Reider 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. He was awarded "Best Americana Album" by the Independent Music Awards for his work with Silver City Bound and has toured as a 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. This groups includes 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). Tickets are available.