Andrew Bird Tickets

Andrew Bird is a famous American multi-instrumentalist, musician and songwriter. His primary instrument is the violin. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in violin performance from Northwestern University. Bird is equally proficient at playing the guitar, glockenspiel and whistling. Bird gained worldwide acclaim when he wrote The Whistling Caruso, a track from The Muppets: An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack. In addition to writing, he also performed the whistling in both the soundtrack and the movie. Bird also composed the score for the 2016 FX TV series Baskets, starring Zack Galifianakis and Louis C.K.

Early Influences

Andrew Bird grew up listening to classical music. As a child, he was interested in bluegrass and Irish tunes, along with Scottish and English folk music. Amongst the jazz maestros, he listened to Fats Waller, Lester Young and Johnny Hodges. As a child, he also listened to the classical music of Béla Bartók, Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy.

Bird’s Early Life and Music

Born on July 11, 1973, in Lake Forest, Illinois, Andrew Bird from the age of four was trained in the Suzuki method of musical training. The Suzuki method is an internationally renowned music curriculum and teaching philosophy, created by Shinichi Suzuki, a Japanese violinist.

Bird graduated from Northwestern University in 1996 and that same year, he released his debut solo album, Music of Hair. This album showcased Bird’s musical skills and pays tribute to jazz, blues, American and European folk traditions.

Bird’s early commercial exposure came when he worked with Squirrel Nut Zippers, an American swing band. Bird made contributions to three of the band’s albums, namely Perennial Favorites, Sold Out and Hot.

Andrew Bird’s Bowl of Fire

Fronted by Bird himself, Andrew Bird’s Bowl of Fire was an indie rock, New Orleans jazz, alternative rock, folk rock and indie folk band. Formed in 1997 and disbanded in 2003, Andrew Bird’s Bowl of Fire released three studio albums. They were Thrills, Oh! The Grandeur and The Swimming Hour. The first two albums were heavily influenced by swing, jazz and traditional folk, while The Swimming Hour was called a jukebox album by the artist himself due to its eclectic yet pop-like sound. 

When the Andrew Bird’s Bowl of Fire disbanded in 2003, Bird went on to pursue a solo career.

Bird’s Solo Flight

As a solo artist, Bird has released nine studio albums, with Weather Systems being his debut album to Are You Serious being his latest. In all of these albums, fans can sense a change in Bird’s musical direction. Andrew Bird’s progression towards an eclectic indie-folk sound is evident in his solo albums. There is also ample use of guitar, whistling and glockenspiel in the artist’s compositions.

The Singing Bird

Andrew Bird’s is famous for reworking and improvising during live performances. If you would like to attend one of Bird’s performances, then get your Andrew Bird concert tickets from here.