Sam Reider and the Human Hands perform live for Portland FolkMusic Society’s February concert at the Reedwood Friends Church.

 A jazz pianist by training, Reider has spent the last decade traveling with an accordion strapped to his back, exploring and interpreting folk music from around the world. He is a composer, singer-songwriter and leader of The Human Hands, a remarkable band of bluegrass and jazz musicians based in Brooklyn, NY. 

Reider and The Hands take on breakdown fiddling, Brazilian samba, Celtic jigs in 13/8, Venezuelan Joropo, western swing and Baroque counterpoint. The band of Hands features Alex Hargreaves on violin, Eddie Barbash on saxophone, Dominick Leslie on mandolin, Duncan Wickel on cello and violin, Roy Williams on guitar, and Dave Speranza on bass. The group was selected by the US State Department to be ambassadors of American music abroad and they’ve performed in practically every state in the country. See samreidermusic.com.

The concert is Friday, February 21 at Reedwood Friends Church, 2901 SE Steele St. at 7:30 pm. Doors open at 7. Advance tickets are $18 for members/$21, $10.50 ages 12-18 (under 12 free). At-the-door $22/$25, $12 ages 12-18.  Advance tickets to the concert at portlandfolkmusic.org | 503.860.8863