Andrew Bird, born in Chicago in 1973, is an American multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter. Irreverent, deep, and always enchanting, his personality stands out halfway between that of the singer-songwriter and that of the existentialist philosopher. His deep and reflective lyrics are combined with the harmonies of folk guitar and classical violin, to create an evocative and surprising sound.
In 1996 he began his career with the album Music of Hair, the first and last project in which Bird engaged in songs performed exclusively with the violin.
From 1997 until 2001 Bird was the leader of Andrew Bird’s Bowl of Fire, with which he published three albums: Thrills (1997), Oh! The Grandeur (1998), and The Swimming Hour (2001). These three records ranged from traditional swing and folk music to a mix of styles that intertwine and create songs with unexpected sonorities.
With the albums Weather System (2003) and Andrew Bird & the Mysterious Production of Eggs (2005), Bird carried on his solo career, combining his great skills in playing the violin with the sounds of folk and indie guitars.
In 2006 Bird signed a contract with the record label Fat Possum Records and in 2007 he released Armchair Apocrypha. The album explored electronic music and granted Bird enormous success thanks to which he appeared in numerous television programs such as The Late Show with David Letterman and The Late Night with Conan O’Brien.
Bird then went back to old folk-pop atmospheres and released Noble Beasts in 2009 where he completely abandoned the electronic variations of previous albums, always maintaining his eclectic and recognizable sound.
In 2012, Bird released Break It Yourself and the album reached position number ten in Billboard’s Top 200 Chart.
In 2015 the singer published Echolocations: Canyon, followed by My Finest Work Yet in 2019. They are two exploratory albums that Bird recorded respectively in the Coyote Gulch Canyon in Utah and under the Los Angeles River’s viaduct.
My Finest Work Yet granted Bird a Grammy nomination for Best Folk Album and the possibility to perform during the Tri.p Music Festival in Giardino della Triennale in Milan in 2019.
In 2020, Bird published his Christmas albumHark! and in 2021, together with Jumbo Mathus, recorded These 13, a collection of acoustic songs which took inspiration from Southern Blues, country, and folk music.