The Promise…The Challenge: A Suzuki Teacher’s Pledge
Video: 12 minutes
“I’m more grateful for the Suzuki Method than any musical opportunity that I’ve had.” -Andrew Bird (Interview with Andrew Bird, American Suzuki Journal 40.2)
Chicago-based film score composer, multi-instrumentalist and lyricist Andrew Bird began his musical journey on a “box” violin at the age of four and spent his formative years as a Suzuki student.
Bird later became interested in a variety of styles including early jazz, country blues and gypsy music, synthesizing them into his unique brand of pop. Since beginning his recording career in 1997 he has released eleven albums, his first solo record Weather Systems coming in 2003. Bird has gone on to record with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and perform at venues including Carnegie Hall, the Austin City Limits Festival, the Hollywood Bowl and the TED conference. Most recently Bird composed his first-ever film score for the movie Norman, contributed to the soundtrack of The Muppets and collaborated with inventor Ian Schneller on Sonic Arboretum, an installation at New York’s Guggenheim Museum and Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art.