Andrew Bird

Annual Foundations of Music Scholarship Benefit

Andrew Bird

My Brightest Diamond, Foundations of Music

Fri, December 15, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Hideout

Chicago, IL

$100-$200

Andrew Bird
Andrew Bird
Chicago-born and now LA-based performer, 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 folk music, synthesizing them into his unique brand of pop.

Since beginning his recording career in 1997 he has released 12 albums and played several hundred shows worldwide. Bird has recorded with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, appeared as "Dr. Stringz" on Jack's Big Music Show, and headlined concerts at New York's Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, and festivals worldwide. In 2004, Mojo Magazine declared him "simply incredible live."

In recent years he has composed his first film score for the movie Norman (hailed as "a probing, thoughtful score" by The New York Times), contributed to the soundtrack of The Muppets, and collaborated with inventor Ian Schneller on Sonic Arboretum, an installation that debuted at New York's Guggenheim Museum and exhibited most recently at Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art. In 2012, he released two critically-acclaimed albums, Break It Yourself, and Hands of Glory, followed by the EP I Want To See Pulaski At Night in 2013, and a collection of Handsome Family covers titled Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of… in 2014.

Bird is currently working on a series of site-specific improvisational short films and recordings called Echolocations, the first of which was created in one day in a remote Utah canyon, and his next studio album, due out in spring 2016.
My Brightest Diamond
My Brightest Diamond
Not many people can front a rock band, sing Górecki’s Third Symphony, lead a marching band processional down the streets of the Sundance film festival and perform in a baroque opera of their own composing all in a month’s time. But Shara Nova can.

Her multi faceted career as My Brightest Diamond, which began with an acclaimed independent rock record, has reflected her journey into the world of performing arts. This Is My Hand, her fourth album, marks a confident return to rock music, one informed by her mastery of composition and a new exploration into the electronic.

Born in diamond rich Arkansas and then raised all around the country, Nova came from a musical family of traveling evangelists. She went on to study operatic voice and then classical composition after a move to New York City.

Shara began issuing recordings as My Brightest Diamond in 2006, following a protean period in the band AwRY, and joining Sufjan Stevens’ Illinoisemakers live ensemble. Asthmatic Kitty Records released her debut album, Bring Me The Workhorse in 2006, A Thousand Sharks’ Teeth in 2008, and 2011’s All Things Will Unwind, which featured songs written for the chamber ensemble yMusic.

In between MBD, well known fans became collaborators, and collaborative projects amassed. Highlights include singing in Laurie Anderson’s 2008 show “Homeland,” delivering guest vocals on The Decemberists’ 2009 Hazards of Love album and subsequently joining them on tour, performing in Bryce and Aaron Dessner’s multimedia presentation “The Long Count,” singing and recording for Pulitzer Prize winning composer David Lang and singing in Sarah Kirkland Snider’s “Penelope” and “Unremembered.” Shara has also worked with David Byrne (on his concept musical “Here Lies Love”), Fat Boy Slim, Bon Iver and The Blind Boys of Alabama. She is currently finishing her next album with producer The Twilite Tone, due for release in 2018.
Foundations of Music
Foundations of Music
Andrew Bird Scholarship is an annual audition-based scholarship program that provides one year of private music lessons to a student enrolled at the Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts).

In 2010, one of Andrew Bird’s biggest fans saw him perform live. She was so inspired by his music that it became her immediate goal to find a way to give back. This was accomplished by starting a fund to provide a musical opportunity for a student in Chicago. Through the partnership between Andrew Bird’s management and Foundations of Music (formerly Rock For Kids), the Andrew Bird Scholarship was born.

The Andrew Bird Scholar demonstrates a financial need, auditions on his/her primary instrument including vocal performance, and writes an essay describing what piece of music or musical experience inspired them to pursue music. Members of the Chicagoland music education and performance landscape, including Andrew Bird himself, donate their time to judge the auditions and essays.

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Venue Information:
The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL, 60642
http://www.hideoutchicago.com