ANDREW BIRD’S “LIVE FROM THE GREAT ROOM” KICKS OFF SEASON TWO WITH SPECIAL GUEST ESPERANZA SPALDING
SUMMER TOUR DATES WITH BELLE & SEBASTIAN
ARE YOU SERIOUS NOMINATED FOR BEST ENGINEERED ALBUM GRAMMY
Critically acclaimed artist Andrew Bird kicks off the second season of his Facebook Live series, “Live from the Great Room,” with special guest Esperanza Spalding; watch/share the performance at http://found.ee/AB_LFTGR215. The series streams live from his living room, putting the creative process on display for fans as he performs and converses with friends and collaborators in a candid, intimate setting. Paper hails the series as “compelling as fuck” and “delightful,” while Nerdist praises the “always beautifully done live concerts.” Previous guests include Fiona Apple, Matt Berninger of The National, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Jimbo Mathus of the Squirrel Nut Zippers, Chris Thile, Blake Mills, John C. Reilly and Tom Brosseau.
Andrew Bird is also featured in a “What’s In My Bag” video segment for Amoeba Music in which he discusses some of his favorite music and record-buying habits; watch/share the video at https://youtu.be/cNUb4h4WqU4.
Bird capped off a highly successful year with a Grammy nomination for Best Engineered Album (non-classical) for his twelfth full-length LP, Are You Serious (out now on Loma Vista Recordings), as well as with an arena tour with The Lumineers which culminated in a pair of shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden. The album continues to receive critical acclaim, see below.
In addition to the critical adulation he has received for Are You Serious and “Live from the Great Room” over the past year, Bird headlined his largest-ever homecoming performance at Chicago’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park, performed at New York’s famed Carnegie Hall, and marked the return of his annual intimate holiday Gezelligheid performances at Chicago’s Fourth Presbyterian Church. Bird also joined with gun safety group Everytown For Gun Safety and actor/director Natalie Morales for a video collaboration featuring his song “Pulaski at Night.” Throughout Bird’s U.S. tour, he partnered with Everytown to donate $1 from every ticket sold to benefit the gun safety cause. Recently, Bird’s music was featured in HBO’s “The Young Pope” and Hulu’s “The Path.”
This spring, Bird performs at the Mission Creek Festival before traveling to Australia for performances at the world-renowned Byron Bay Bluesfest, Sydney Opera House and Melbourne Recital Hall. Upon his return he will appear at the High Sierra Festival in Quincy, CA before co-headlining a run of east coast dates with Belle & Sebastian. See below for a complete list of dates.
Chicago-born, LA-based film score composer, multi-instrumentalist and lyricist, Andrew Bird picked up his first violin at the age of four and spent his formative years soaking up classical repertoire completely by ear. As a teen Bird became interested in a variety of styles including early jazz, country blues and gypsy music, synthesizing them into his unique brand of pop. Since beginning his recording career in 1997, he has released 12 albums, his first solo record Weather Systems coming in 2003.
ANDREW BIRD, ARE YOU SERIOUS
“Always a thoughtful songwriter, prone to impeccably chosen words and pristine arrangements, Bird has still found a way to mature and open up in a long career that spans more than a dozen studio albums…his writing keeps sounding warmer, sweeter, more thoughtful and approachable, while continuing to land lines that stick with you for days.” –NPR Music
“Are You Serious retains Bird’s irresistible musical innocence. A treat of listening to him was that it seemed obvious he always knew how to play music and he wanted to show how easily it flowed out of him. Now he’s finding a deeper groove and meaning rather than hiding in layers.” –GQ
“[Bird] only grows more inclusive with age. Like Punch Brothers and Sufjan Stevens, he slots his conservatory chops into increasingly accessible pop melodies, aiming for kinship over virtuosity…Still curious, still appraising, Bird offers an intellect remarkably porous to change.” –Pitchfork
“Bird’s new record succeeds by injecting heavier tones and textures into the music without sacrificing the composer’s personality.” –Los Angeles Times
“Bird is setting out now on his new record, Are You Serious, to deliver a sound that is more consciously polished and produced. Along the way, he’s finding that he has a bit more in common with the confessional cadre than he once thought.” –Salon
“Bird is an instrumental painter and Are You Serious is another adventure book in his impressively detailed series. Is anyone surprised? With a child in their lap, mothers and fathers often find themselves filling the shoes of creative, nurturing, responsible adults that they didn’t necessarily believe they could be. When someone has already embodied those adjectives for decades, becoming a parent is an unwritten challenge to further round them out, and Bird— somehow in a style of relaxed contentedness— rose to that occasion.” –Consequence of Sound
“Because it so directly explores matters of the heart, Are You Serious will likely end up as the ‘Andrew Bird Grows Up’ album…there’s beauty in the honesty of that evolution.” –Paste
“a diverse collection held together by Bird’s voice and violin, and the sheer energy of the music” –Under The Radar
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ANDREW BIRD LIVE
* with Belle & Sebastian
April 4 /// Iowa City, IA /// Mission Creek Festival
April 13 /// Byron Bay, Australia /// Byron Bay Bluesfest
April 15 /// Sydney, Australia /// Sydney Opera House
April 18 /// Southbank, Australia /// Melbourne Recital Hall
June 29-July 2 /// Quincy, CA /// High Sierra Festival
July 30 /// Columbia, MD /// Merriweather Post Pavilion*
July 31 /// Raleigh, NC /// NCMA*
August 2 /// Boston, MA /// Blue Hills Bank Pavilion*
August 3 /// Philadelphia, PA /// Mann Center*