1 East Main Street
Mesa, Arizona, 85201
Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist and lyricist Andrew Bird picked up his first violin at the age of 4. Actually, it was a Cracker Jack box with a ruler taped to it, and the first of his many Suzuki music lessons involved simply bowing to the teacher and going home. He spent his formative years soaking up classical repertoire completely by ear, so when it came time for a restless teenager to make the jump to Hungarian Gypsy music, early jazz, country blues, south Indian etc., it wasn't such a giant leap. It's fitting that now, though classically trained, he has instead opted to play his violin in a most unconventional manner, accompanying himself on glockenspiel and guitar, adding singing and whistling to the equation, and becoming a pop songwriter in the process. Though Andrew's voice has been compared to such eminent company as Jeff Buckley, Thom Yorke, and Rufus Wainwright, like those performers, it has a quality all its own. He also adds to the mix his unnatural whistling ability, rendering him capable of adding organically generated yet otherworldly, Theremin-like sounds to the mix.
Andrew Bird will celebrate the release of Break It Yourself with a North American tour set to kick off in Texas in mid-March.
All concert tickets will be bundled with a unique musical package including a redemption code to download Break It Yourself upon release date (March 6). Ticketbuyers will also receive a download of Fake Conversations, a live EP culled from Bird's fall 2011 tour, and a second souvenir live EP from the Spring 2012 tour.
Mesa Arts Center
Wed, November 29
Thu, January 18