Andrew Bird makes the kind of music that leaves critics groping for labels. A classically trained violinist, former swing jazz musician and now art rock virtuoso, Bird is one of the most imaginative and distinctive voices making music today. This concert from Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club originally webcast live on May 20, 2007.

Andrew Bird gives incredible live performances. Essentially a one-man band, Bird plays lines on violin or guitar or whistles a theme, records and loops the sounds, and plays new layers over them. His music is an eclectic mix of gypsy ballads, jazz, folk and rock. “Every night,” Bird says, “I am rewriting all my songs for the audience.”

Originally from Chicago, Bird was born in 1973 and learned violin from a young age using the traditional Suzuki method.