Andrew Bird is a well known singer, songwriter and violinist, known for his unique blend of jazz, swing, blues and rock genres. He rose to fame as part of music bands, Squirrel Nut Zippers and Bowl of Fire and later established himself as a successful solo artist as well. Although he is an expert whistler and plays numerous instruments such as the Glockenspiel and the guitar, Bird is most popular for his violin playing skills.
The versatile music artist is currently on tour and among his many upcoming dates is a show in your city. If you want to be a part of the much anticipated live concert, purchase your Andrew Bird tickets here.
Andrew Wegman Bird was born in Lake Forest, Illinois, on July 11, 1973. He grew up in the Chicago suburbs of Lake Bluff and Evanston and enjoyed listening to classical musical as a child. Bird learned to play the violin at the tender age of four via the Suzuki Method according to which students don’t need to learn to read music in order to play it. Later in high school, when Bird had to play by reading, he found it very difficult. Nevertheless, he worked hard and was able to grasp the instructions.
After high school Andrew Bird enrolled into the music school at the Northwestern University. The rigorous training, he got here set the foundation for a strong and steady music career. However, Bird did not want to limit his music to the classical genre and began seeking ways to incorporate other music styles and genres into his music.
Following his graduation from Northwestern University in 1995, Bird did a number of jobs. These include working at renaissance fairs, studio sessions and musical theaters. For a short while he was playing as part of a rock band called Charlie Nobody. The exposure he received during this time led him to join the avant-garde jazz and swing band, Squirrel Nut Zippers. After recording a number of albums and playing live in concert with the band, Bird decided to go solo and released his debut solo album Music of Hair in 1996.
He then joined forces with a number of musicians from his hometown of Chicago and formed the group The Bowl of Fire. The group featured musicians including Jimmy Sutton, Andy Hopkins, Ryan Hembry, Colin Bunn, Nora O’Connor, Jon Williams, Joshua Hirsch and Kevin O’Donnell. During this time period, Bird was also a member of the jazz group called Kevin O’Donnell’s Quality Six. He contributed to the group as a singer, songwriter as well as a violinist.
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The first music record that the musician made with Bowl of Fire was Thrills. It was released via the Rykodisc label in April of 1998. The album comprises songs such as Swedish Wedding March and Some of These Days.
The following album Oh! The Grandeur came out in August, 1999. It consists of a total of fifteen songs. Its first song Candy Shop was actually recorded for Tim Robbins movie Cradle Will Rock although it did not appear on it. Another notable track on the record is Tea & Thorazine. It was inspired by the singer’s autistic brother and his experiences at mental institutions. The song’s lyrics also make a reference to Bruno Bettelheim, an autism researcher.
Both Thrills and Oh! The Grandeur were heavily influenced by traditional swing, folk and pre-war jazz genres. They have Bird’s vocals, lyrics and violin as his primary music instrument.
In the year 2001, Andrew Bird’s Bowl of Fire released their third music record titled The Swimming Hour. Its sound was a departure from the band’s previous recordings. It was a mix of different music styles including rock, gospel, jazz, Latin and folk. Although the album was highly praised by the critics, it did not fare well commercially.
In 2002, when Andrew Bird was asked to perform the opening act for a Chicago based band, his fellow Bowl of Fire members were not available. Bird performed the gig alone and its massive success opened new opportunities for Bird as a solo music artist.
The unofficial disbandment of Bowl of Fire in 2003 led Andrew Bird to reinvent himself as a solo musician. His first album after the split came out in 2003. Titled Weather Systems, it was released via Grimsey Records and reflected a dramatic change in music direction. Bird’s following album The Mysterious Production of Eggs hit the shelves in 2005 and continued Bird’s progression towards a diverse indie folk music sound. Besides, the traditional violin, he was now making extensive use of the guitar in his songs. He also incorporated a lot of whistling in his songwriting.
Known for improvising his songs when performing live, Bird’s shows have always attracted large crowds. This ability of his is evident in his series of self-released live compilations. The first of these came out in 2002 and the singer continued to release the following EPs prior to the release of his studio records.
Bird’s third post-Bowl of Fire studio album Armchair Apocrypha was released in 2007. It was leaked on the internet earlier in the year and its songs had already become popular by the time it officially released in March. The album was recorded in collaboration with the popular electronic musician Martin Dosh. It also features a track Simple X that is composed by Dosh and has lyrics by Bird. The song had first appeared without Andrew Bird’s lyrics as Simple Exercises on Dosh’s second studio album Pure Trash in 2004.
Over the following years, Andrew Bird made several appearances on well-known television shows as well. He was seen on Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conon O’Brien and Jack’s Big Music Show.
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In the year 2014, Andrew Bird released Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of…, a record that entirely consists of covers of The Handsome Family. It is also Bird’s first album to not have any of his own compositions.
The musician’s latest album release is Echolocations: River. As its title suggests, the music is a blend of the ambient sound of the river; the album is an instrumental record. If you want to enjoy this gifted music artist’s live show, then hurry up and purchase Andrew Bird tour tickets before they run out.