Twist of Fate was founded in 1992 by Adam and Dayna Reist in New York City, along with several actors from Guiding Light, the CBS daytime soap opera Adam directed for years. Their mission was simple: Play great music and have fun doing it.
In the early days, Adam and Dayna honed their chops as buskers (street performers) at New York's bustling South Street Seaport and other sites throughout the city. It provided them with invaluable experience at playing to and connecting with big, enthusiastic crowds. They learned how to adjust their set list to the crowd's ever-changing dynamics, keep the energy level high and the people engaged.
Adam and Dayna busking in NYC
Adam and Dayna playing at South Street Seaport, NYC
Today, the original motto remains the same, and anyone who comes to see the band knows why Twist of Fate is a fan favorite wherever they perform.
Twist of Fate has evolved into a vibrant six-piece ensemble, featuring guitar, bass, fiddle, saxophone, steel drums and percussion, a lineup that creates a rich mixture of sights and sounds. The band's wide range of instruments matches its diverse repertoire of songs, spanning from rock to R&B to country to reggae, and a bit of everything in between. Each band member brings a different musical pedigree to the party and a simple passion for playing music with friends.
From its base in Westchester County, Twist of Fate plays clubs, outdoor parks, corporate events, private parties and more throughout the tri-state area. Twist of Fate has earned a reputation as one of the area's most entertaining bands, with a loyal following that delights in its every move.
Explore the rest of the site to learn more about Twist of Fate, check out the set list, watch some clips of the band in action and contact us for future events and booking.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
— Stefanie May,
The Capitol Theatre and Garcia's // Port Chester, NY
"You guys crushed it!! Looking forward to working with you in the future."
MEET THE BAND
Chris Allen is TOF's international man of mystery and multi-talented musician who plays both saxophone and guitar. He started playing the saxophone in 7th grade, before going on to play in the marching band at the University of New Hampshire, as well as the popular UNH Swing and Jazz band. After college, Chris performed with numerous bands, including The Barely Players and Way Past Close before landing in Twist of Fate.
Katherine Martin's impressive musical background includes classical training and solid experience playing violin in chamber orchestras, string quartets and ensembles of similarly accomplished players. She has also performed at one of the most revered concert venues in the world: Carnegie Hall. Katherine's skill and dexterity on the fiddle add an artistic embroidery to Twist of Fate's rich musical tapestry.
Originally from Queens, NY, Joe Brady has played in a variety of bands, mostly in the theater realm. He has subbed on Broadway shows such as Miss Saigon, Urinetown, and Chicago, as well as a number of Off-Broadway shows including Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding, That's Life, Pets and Shout and The Mod Musical. Mr. B. has also played many cabaret shows for vocalists John Egan, Alison Fraser and more. He was a member of Boy In The Shade, a children’s performance band/act where he played the part of character/drummer, "Trouble." Joe also enjoys sharing his musical skills, teaching music in an elementary school in Westchester County.
Lead Vocals, Guitar
Adam Reist, Twist of Fate's lead singer and guitarist, started playing in bands in high school. He later moved to Ireland and formed the band Vital Statistix, where he co-wrote “Salthill Summers," Ireland’s first Beach Music song. Adam returned to the States and attended the University of North Carolina, where he earned a degree in Radio, Motion Picture and Television, before moving to New York to begin a career in television, and eventually co-found Twist of Fate. In 2009, he toured the country emceeing and playing guitar for “Soap Mania” and “So Long Springfield” events. As Twist of Fate's emcee, Adam keeps the banter upbeat and the pace steady, never without his signature hat or positive energy. He likes nothing more than to grab a mic and head onto the floor to ratchet up the energy level and bring the audience in for a spirited sing-along.
Dayna Reist learned to play the steel drums at the University of New Hampshire when a fellow member on the sailing team, and son of a steel drum maker, offered to teach the team how to play. The all-steel drum band Panik was formed and went on to delight crowds throughout the rest of Dayna’s college experience. Dayna’s steel drums give the band its colorful musical counterpoint and charismatic style with her expert handiwork. Listeners are treated to a genuine Caribbean sound when Dayna puts mallets to the metal.
Our go-to musical historian, bass player Robert Brissette, has toured and recorded with Columbia Records artist Rex Smith. He was also an on-camera performer and singer with the house band on "Hot Hero Sandwich", an Emmy Award-winning NBC variety show for teens. Robert has also performed with artists such as Ronnie Spector, hit songwriter Martin Briley and members of Aerosmith, Foreigner and The Rolling Stones.