In an evening of solo musical performance, Sam Amidon presents his intuitive and often radical reworkings of secular ballads, gospel, folk songs, and hymns with interludes of disjunctive storytelling, field recordings, and video.
The multimedia show consists of a series of reports from Sam's far-flung external and internal wanderings and travels... A banjo, a fiddle, and a projector, are all he needs to take you to many different lands: the story of the wanderings and travels of Ryan Seek Rest, in search of the fluffiest pillow possible... an old Kentucky fiddle tune accompanied by hand-drawn projected illustrations of heartbreak... an eerie field recording from the Georgia Sea Islands plays while Sam provides "visual analysis" via ambiguous and oddly compelling dance moves... a beautiful folksong is sung, with audience sing-along and a visual counterpoint, followed by an instructional video detailing "Sap Transference Techniques" or a book review performed by a tree.
With banjo, guitar, and his gentle, eerily deadpan vocals, Sam gives voice to the love, hardship, and heartache in these age-old songs while interjecting his own open, improvisatory impulses in narrative and song structure. In doing so, his reworked folksongs and ballads are amplified in this new context as Home Alone Inside My Head ranges freely and surreptitiously through ancient and modern worlds.
Drawing from his most recent album, I See The Sign, this show also includes projections of Sam's own hand-drawn cartoons and short videos.
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