Andrew Bird W/ Special Guest Esperanza Spalding

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Andrew Bird W/ Special Guest Esperanza Spalding
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Andrew Bird W/ Special Guest Esperanza Spalding says
with special guest Esperanza Spalding

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 8:00 pm
Evans Amphitheater
$55/45/35 advance | $58/48/38 day of show

Andrew Bird is an internationally acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, whistler and songwriter, who picked up his first violin at the age of four and spent his formative years soaking up classical repertoire entirely by ear. As a teen, Bird became interested in a variety of styles including early jazz, country blues, and folk music, synthesizing them into his unique brand of pop.

Since beginning his recording career in 1997, Bird has released 13 albums and performed several hundred concerts worldwide. He has recorded with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, appeared as "Dr. Stringz" on Jack's Big Music Show, and headline concerts at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, and festivals around the world. Mojo Magazine declared him "simply incredible live."

In recent years, he performed as the Whistling Caruso in Disney's The Muppets movie, scored the FX series Baskets, and collaborated with inventor Ian Schneller on Sonic Arboretum, an installation that exhibited at New York's Guggenheim Museum, Boston's ICA and the MCA Chicago. Bird has been a featured TED Talk presenter, a New York Times Op-Ed contributor, and is an advocate for Everytown for Gun Safety. Additionally, Bird hosts an ongoing Facebook Live series of performances called Live From The Great Room, putting the creative process on display for fans as he performs and converses with friends and collaborators in a candid, intimate setting. His most recent studio album, Are You Serious, is on Loma Vista Recordings.

Hailed as a prodigy on the acoustic double bass within months of first touching the instrument as a 15-year-old, Esperanza Spalding has emerged as a fine jazz bassist, but has also distinguished herself playing blues, funk, hip-hop, pop fusion, and Brazilian and Afro-Cuban styles as well. A musical prodigy, she began playing violin in the Chamber Music Society of Oregon at five years of age. She was later both self-taught and trained on a number of instruments including guitar and bass, earning herself scholarships to Portland State University and the Berklee College of Music.

Her album Chamber Music Society reached number one on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, earning her the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 2011, making her the first jazz artist to win this award. Spalding has won a total of four Grammy awards and has played with a host of artists, including Cleveland's Joe Lovano, Patti Austin, Michel Camilo, Charlie Haden, Regina Carter, Pat Metheny (who's performing June 13 at Cain Park!), Dave Samuels, and many others.
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By: Cain Park