Andrew Bird

Andrew Bird

Gabriel Kahane

Friday, September 09, 2016

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Iroquois Amphitheater

Louisville, KY

91.9 WFPK Presents 
Andrew Bird
Friday, September 9 at 8pm (6:30pm gates)
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Coors Light Iroquois Amphitheater Concert Series
Produced by Production Simple and The Kentucky Center

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All Ages

Andrew Bird
Andrew Bird
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 teen-ager 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.

Since beginning his recording career, Andrew has released nine albums: six studio albums, both solo and with his former group the Bowl of Fire, and three live albums. Before Bird branched out solo, he played with the Squirrel Nut Zippers.

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.
The live setting is where he becomes one with his songs. At first, it is a curious attraction - one man, generating the wealth of sound normally produced by an orchestra. Each night, song parts are constructed on violin, guitar, and glockenspiel, layered, then looped over themselves in a tangled and textured layer cake of sonics. Each night, songs shape shift within their loops - Andrew rarely replicates a song's perfect structure as it lives on the album, but rather lends an improvisatory aspect to the performance. More recently, the scope and range of the live show has been expanded to incorporate songs from Armchair Apocrypha, with Andrew's main live collaborator Martin Dosh also joined by multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Ylvisaker.

Mr. Bird has also impressed huge festival audiences at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, SXSW, the Montreal Jazz Festival, Radio France, and made appearances on the BBC, KCRW's "Morning Becomes Eclectic," and NPR's "World Cafe" and "All Things Considered." Positive reviews and Best of 2005 lists followed including Magnet, Paste, The Onion, the Boston Globe, CMJ, and popmatters, as well as a nomination for the 2006 New Pantheon award, and the following rave from Pitchfork: "I looked at my notes and next to 'Skin Is, My,' the only comment I had scrawled was 'Wow!' The same dumbfounded comment was chicken-scratched next to three other song titles. Fitting, as there's no better word to describe Andrew Bird live."
Gabriel Kahane
Gabriel Kahane
Hailed by Rolling Stone as "one of the year's very best albums", Gabriel Kahane's major label debut, The Ambassador (Sony Music Masterworks) is a meditation on the underbelly of Los Angeles seen through the lens of ten street addresses. Bruce Willis' hair, detective fiction, modernist architecture, and race riots all provide fodder for this collection of songs that is as sonically varied as it is thematically focused. Gabriel was born in Venice Beach but spent his childhood on the East Coast and in Northern California. With the release of The Ambassador
— produced by Kahane along with Matt Johnson (St. Vincent), Casey Foubert (Sufjan Stevens),
and Rob Moose (Bon Iver)— Gabriel turns his gaze toward his birthplace.


In December of 2014, Kahane and his band appeared at the BAM Harvey Theater in the critically-acclaimed NY premiere of the staged version of The Ambassador directed by Tony-
winner John Tiffany (Once, Black Watch), and designed by Tony-winner Christine Jones
(Spring Awakening, American Idiot). The Ambassador will be seen again this season at UCLA's
Freud Playhouse.


A tireless collaborator, Kahane's recent credits include a track on this year's Beck Song

Reader (Warby Parker), an album that also features Jack White, Jarvis Cocker, Laura Marling, and Beck himself; appearances on Blake Mills' Heigh Ho; several projects with Sufjan Stevens;
as well as performances and recordings with Punch Brothers' frontman Chris Thile.


Dividing his time between the club and the concert hall, Kahane has been commissioned by, among others, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Kronos Quartet, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, with whom he toured last spring performing Gabriel's Guide to the 48 States, an hour-long cycle on texts from the WPA American Guide Series. He has appeared in recital with string quartet Brooklyn Rider at Carnegie Hall, at the Library of Congress with fellow composer/performer Timo Andres, and on tour throughout North America with cellist Alisa Weilerstein.


Kahane's musical February House received world premiere productions at the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven and New York's Public Theater in 2012; an original cast album was released on StorySound Records. Upcoming theater projects include commissions from the Public Theater in New York and Signature Theater in Arlington, VA, as well as a collaboration with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Annie Baker.


He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Venue Information:
Iroquois Amphitheater
1080 Amphitheater Road
Louisville, KY, 40214
http://www.iroquoisamphitheater.com/