Andrew Bird is an indie rock icon with his wide range of talents from his forte, violin,
to his hauntingly beautiful vocal melodies. He has been on the music scene for nearly 20 years, and his genre-hopping catalog
has captured the hearts and souls of music fans the world over. With numerous records from his solo work as well as his collaborations
with some of the best musicians in the business and endless praise from fans and critics alike, Andrew Bird returns to the
tour circuit during the upcoming year.
Andrew Bird got his start performing with other bands and honing his skills as
a musician. But in 2003, Bird embarked on his first solo project. His first album was released on Righteous Babe Records,
which is owned by Ani Difranco. His second album was released via Grimsey Records and was a drastic departure from his previous
work. His sound evolved from a strictly classical sound to a sound that leaned more towards indie-folk music. Today, the singer,
musician and performer has become known around the world for his unique style, and has earned numerous awards and accolades.
He is currently on tour, and will be making stops in Brooklyn, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Bird has been influenced by many different styles of music throughout his career. He began his musical journey with classical
music, but slowly began integrating other musical styles into his repertoire. He became interested in Irish tunes and bluegrass
when he was a child, and as he got older, he added English and Scottish folk music. He has also cited jazz musicians Johnny
Hodges, Lester Young and Fats Waller as influences. He also enjoys jazz, swing and calypso.
About the Artist
Bird grew up in Chicago, where he began training on the violin at the age of four. He was trained in the Suzuki method, and
was exceptionally gifted. Because he was immersed in musical theory and performance from such a young age, Andrew Bird blossomed
into an incredibly talented musician. He graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor's degree in violin performance
in 1996. He released a solo album that same year that highlighted his inimitable talent on the violin as well as the American
and European folk traditions, jazz, and blues influences that would become synonymous with his style later on in his career.
After collaborating with the Squirrel Nut Zippers in the mid 1990's, Andrew Bird formed a band under the name Bowl of Fire,
who never attained commercial success or recognition, despite the highest praise from critics for their three albums.
Bird embarked on his solo career after Bowl of Fire disbanded in 2003. He radically re-invented himself and his sound during
this time, proving that he was more than just a classical musician. Bowl of Fire was notorious for their lushly layered full-band
sound, and Andrew Bird deconstructed the sonic profile he was so notorious for into carefully selected multi-instrumental
loops that he created using multi-track recorders and loop pedals to showcase his mastery of instruments like violin, guitar,
and glockenspiel that supported his phenomenal vocals and lyrics.
Andrew Bird's solo career quickly garnered attention
from fans and critics, and his studio albums Weather Systems, Andrew Bird & the Mysterious Production of Eggs, Armchair
Aprocrypha, Noble Beat, Break It Yourself, and Hands of Glory along with his multiple live albums, singles, and EPs have captured
the hearts of his loyal fans across the globe. Now Andrew Bird returns to the tour circuit to infuse new life into the songs
that audiences around the world know and love.
Andrew Bird has been in the music
business for many years. He began his musical career at the age of four, and has been performing ever since. He found his
way into the music world through classical music, and as he got older, his interests became varied. It was this unique style
that made him stand out from the crowd. Bird's second album became the turning point in his career. It contained more of the
indie-folk influences of his later years, and was an instant hit. Classical and folk music fans alike couldn't seem to get
enough of the performer's music. Today, he is one of the most successful musicians of his kind, and is touring the country,
performing for his devoted fans.
Bird begins his concerts by diving right into the music.
And although he is simply plucking his violin, you soon realize that he is using a synthesizer to loop his own plucking, playing
and whistling to form a multi-layered sound that is both intriguing and entertaining. He soon adds the out-of-the-ordinary
instruments like the xylophone and continues to play the violin over the loops. It is hauntingly beautiful and amazing to
watch. There's nothing quite like it, and fans sit transfixed. And just as you don't think his music can get any more creative,
he adds his folksy vocals that blend beautifully with the established sounds. Come and experience this one-of-a-kind musician