Andrew Wegman Bird (born July 11, 1973) can play the violin, the guitar, the glockenspiel. He is also an expert whistler, singer, and songwriter.
He was a member of the band Bowl of Fire (1973-2002) before pursuing a solo career.
In September 2006, Bird signed to Fat Possum Records.
In late 2011 Bird signed to the record label Mom + Pop Music.
He trained in the Suzuki method* from the Age of four (1977) till he graduated with a bachelor in violin from Northwestern University at the age of 23 (1996).
His first Album showcased his violin skills and his fascination with both American and European folk traditions, as well as jazz and blues.
After his first band The bowl of fire (unofficially) disbanded in 2003, Bird went and re-invent himself as a solo artist.
His later work like the “The Mysterious Production of Eggs” (2005) was a progression to an eclectic indie-folk sound.
He switched the backing of a full band with a carefully layered sample of sound constructed using multitrack recorders and loop pedals.
Bird is noted for improvising and reworking his songs during the live performance but is also very active in the movie and Series.
Movies and Series:
Muppets movie (2012)- “The Whistling Caruso”
Baskets (2016)- Composed the score
Norman (2010)- Official Soundtrack
Orange is the New Black (2014)- Pulaski at night
In 2011 a feature-length concert documentary “Andrew Bird: Fever Year” had it’s World Premiere at the Lincoln Center with the prestigious New York Film Festival where it also won nine Awards. It is called Fever Year because Bird and his Band reportedly suffered from constant fever.
Andrew Bird also uses his voice and music for various benefit Albums and festivals such as the Red hot Organization and a few more.
I personally haven’t heard much of him because I just recently found out about him but these few songs I’ve heard are kinda country like and have a really catchy tune.
*The Suzuki method is an internationally known music curriculum and teaching philosophy dating from the mid-20th century, created by Japanese violinist and pedagogue Shinichi Suzuki (1898–1998). The method aims to create an environment for learning music which parallels the linguistic environment of acquiring a native language. Suzuki believed that this environment would also help to foster good moral character.
Picture taken by Providence Doucet
Text by Zabuya