Multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird’s music has undergone stylistic shifts while remaining true to his intellect and creative perspectives. His curiosity and respect for varied musical traditions have helped him to seamlessly transition from jazz and swing to sophisticated pop. Classically trained in Suzuki violin, Bird also plays guitar and glockenspiel and is an expert whistler as well as a touted singer and songwriter. He has collaborated with artists ranging from Fiona Apple to Jim James and has been lauded by NPR, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, and others. At his Strings performance, Bird will be accompanied by his band.
Neyla Pekarek began playing cello at age 9 in her native city of Denver, Colorado. She studied Musical Theatre and earned a degree in Music Education at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO. Back in Denver while searching for a teaching position, she answered a Craigslist ad for a local folk band needing a cello player. This band was The Lumineers, and she soon became a core member of the group, playing on their GRAMMY-nominated self-titled debut and follow-up album. Neyla is a member of Sweet Adelines International, a women’s barbershop quartet organization and she won the 2009 Rising Star championship with her quartet, Vogue. She’s currently working on a studio album titled Rattlesnake.
Neyla Pekarek will perform a 30-minute set. Andrew Bird’s performance will follow.
Before the show, enjoy dinner at Strings Café. Reservations are required: