Date:   8/29/2009

Arvel Bird's Tribal Native Fusion coming to Thrasher

Part Braveheart . . . part Last of the Mohicans. That's how Arvel Bird's music has been described. That blend is what makes it touch the souls of mixed-blood people across the planet who claim both American Indian and Celtic ancestries. Bird will perform this cross-culture blend of musical styles on August 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Thrasher Opera House in beautiful downtown Green Lake.


Arvel spent eleven years learning classical violin and following high school in Scottsdale, Arizona, he attended Arizona State University on a music scholarship. He later transferred to the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana for the specific intent of studying under the great violin master, Paul Rolland for one year.


"That was the most defining time of my musical career. Paul taught me so much about performing; he taught me how to relax in order to always give my best performance. He literally took me apart and put me back together again."


Soon after, Arvel began composing, improvising, and learning to play a variety of styles, including bluegrass, Celtic, folk, country and old-time music. His mix-blood heritage of Southern Paiute and Scottish is now the inspiration for most of his music and he has found a way to incorporate many facets of that ancestry into his signature musical style and stories. When you consider the popularity of movies such as "Braveheart" and "Last of the Mohicans", you'll have a pretty good understanding why his music inspires fans to feel their own connection to their American Indian and Celtic heritages.


Since 2001 he has released fourteen CDs and one DVD, seven of which have been nominated or won awards for a number of categories in the Native American Music Awards, Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, New Age Reporter and Indian Summer Music Awards.


He’s a charismatic performer and expressive storyteller, too. All of his songs have meanings and messages, and when you see him perform live he tells their tales before he plays them. The stories are compelling and give vision to the music. He speaks of Native American wisdom, covering subjects such as the earth we all live on, and the animals we share it with. Other pieces include accounts of Native American history and traditions, some of which have great relevance for today.  "A stunning performance that glided into everyone's dreamworld." - Charles Centilli, Executive Director, Spencer Theater, Alta, NM


“We are proud of the diversity in our programs at Thrasher, and having the multi-cultural music of Arvel Bird is just another example that”, says Roby Irvin, Executive Director.  “This should be an incredible performance and we wholeheartedly encourage everyone to take advantage of this unique opportunity, typically not available in communities as small as ours”. 


Generously sponsored by the Green Lake Bank, this special performance is also supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Tickets are $18 and available at the Thrasher office, Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake Bank (Green Lake); Pick N’ Save, Ripon Drug (Ripon); Twister (Princeton) or by calling the office at (920) 294-4279.  Online tickets available at  Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.



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