BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER
Diverse multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird is coming to the intimate space of Miner Auditorium at SF Jazz for two shows next week on October 18th and 19th.
A respected voice in modern music who first gained fame as part of the 90’s swing revival stars Squirrel Nut Zippers and later his band Bowl of Fire before pursuing a solo career, Bird’s repertoire offers an eclectic blend of folk rock, pop, jazz, and chamber music.
Bird’s newest piece “Echolocations: River,” recorded ankle deep in the Los Angeles River, his 11th solo album, was just released. The 44 year old Chicago native’s primary apparatus is the violin, an instrument he first picked up at the age of four. He also plays the guitar and glockenspiel as accompaniments to his vocals. Surrounded by classical music as a youth, he also cites jazz, swing, folk and calypso as additional influences.
His previous effort, 2016’s confessional “Are You Serious,” was a critically acclaimed success that also featured collaborations with both Blake Mills and Fiona Apple. Tickets for the shows are available at https://sfjazz.org/tickets/productions/andrew-bird/ .