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Andrew Bird (born July 11, 1973) is an American musician, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He was born in Chicago and currently splits his time between Chicago and a farm near the town of Elizabeth in northwest Illinois. His musical proficiency includes competency in the violin, whistling, guitar, mandolin, and glockenspiel.
Trained in the Suzuki method from a young age, Bird first attended Illinois Wesleyan University but graduated from Illinois' Northwestern University with a bachelor's degree in violin performance in 1996. That same year, he released his first solo album, Music of Hair. Vastly different from his later releases, this first album showcased his violin skills and paid tribute to his fascination with both American and European folk traditions, as well as jazz and blues.
His initial commercial exposure was in collaborative work with the band Squirrel Nut Zippers. Taking on the role of band leader in 1997, he released Thrills with his band Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire. This was followed by Oh! The Grandeur in 1998. Both albums were heavily influenced by traditional folk, pre-war jazz and swing, with Bird relying on the violin as his primary musical instrument.
In his live shows, he has been joined by co-collaborator Martin Dosh on drums and keyboard and Jeremy Ylvisaker on bass and backup vocals.
His live performances are highlighted in a series of self-released live compilations, Fingerlings, Fingerlings 2, and Fingerlings 3. Each Fingerlings EP was released prior to a studio release and presents live versions of old tracks, cover songs, songs penned by Bird that do not appear on studio albums, and live versions of future tracks. Fingerlings 3, released in October 2006, also features studio outtakes.
In September 2006, Bird was signed to Fat Possum Records. His latest full-length solo album, Armchair Apocrypha, was released in March 2007. The album was recorded in collaboration with electronic musician Martin Dosh. It includes a track by Martin Dosh called "Simple X," with lyrics by Bird. The song first appeared without lyrics as "Simple Exercises" on Dosh's 2004 release, Pure Trash. The album was produced by Ben Durrant, who also worked with Martin Dosh on 2006's The Lost Take. Haley Bonar and Chris Morrissey also appear on the album. Armchair Apocrypha leaked to the internet in mid-January 2007.
In January 2007, Andrew Bird made an appearance on the Noggin television network's Jack's Big Music Show. He played character "Dr. Stringz" and sang a brief song written specifically for the episode and not found on any albums, though he often plays it live as an introduction to his song "Fake Palindromes."
On April 10, 2007, Bird made his network television debut, performing "Plasticities" from Armchair Apoclypta. Five of his songs - "Banking on a Myth" from The Mysterious Production of Eggs, a medley of "I" from Weather Systems and "Imitosis" from Armchair Apocrypha, and "Skin" and "Weather Systems" from Weather Systems - have been licensed for use by Marriott Residence Inn.
Bird has contributed to Measure for Measure, a New York Times blog in which songwriters write about their songs in the making. One post contains a preview of his song "Oh No".
During his 2008 torypha on the Late Show with David Letterman. He also made an appearance on Late Night with Conan O'Brien on June 14, 2007, performing "Imitosis" from the same album.
On May 20, 2007, National Public Radio aired a live concert by Bird from the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.
He worked with Reverb, a non-profit environmental organization, for his 2007 spring tour.
ur dates, Bird debuted material for his next album, scheduled to be released in January 2009. The album, tentatively titled A Non-Animal, will contain ten songs, including "Anonanimal", "Oh No!", and "Master Swarm". Bird has stated that the album will be accompanied by an all-instrumental album.
[stolen from: http://en.wikipedia.org/w iki/Andrew_bird]
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