Happy Bird day to Andrew Bird (b. July 11, 1973).
A performer and songwriter who trades tradition for a new and unique sound. A classically trained violinist who describes the act of playing live music as, "squid ink pouring over head." His advice for other performers? "Do something you've never done before every time you play."
I've had the good fortune of seeing Bird's live performance a handful of times. His system of endless loops, whistles, claps, violin, and guitar can be whipped into an orchestra of sound, alone. These days he rounds this out with a full band to deliver a thickened sonic wall.
Watch him do it alone here.
And with the band here.
Andrew Bird (lost in violin):