National Audubon Society to Celebrate “The Birdsong Project” at Benefit Event
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White-crowned Sparrow. Photo: Lisa Sproat
NEW YORK (February 28, 2023) — Following last year’s release of “For the Birds: The Birdsong Project,” the National Audubon Society announced that it will gather to celebrate the organization’s ongoing work protecting birds and the places they need at its Benefit event on March 29, 2023.
The Audubon Benefit will take place in New York City and will also be streamed live for guests to attend virtually. The event theme, “It’s Not Just a Song, it’s a Call to Action,” will highlight how art can inspire the action needed to drive bird conservation. A new social media campaign that builds on the “The Birdsong Project” will be announced that evening.
The Benefit will feature performances by Andrew Bird, Karen Elson, Uwade, and Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks. All artists partnered with Grammy-winning music supervisor Randall Poster to contribute their time and talents to create “The Birdsong Project” to benefit Audubon.
“For the Birds: The Birdsong Project,” is an unprecedented outpouring of creativity that includes 174 original pieces of music, more than 70 poems, and 20 original album covers, all inspired by the joy of birds and the desire to protect them. A full list of artists and project background is available at www.Audubon.org/birdsong-project.
National Audubon Society’s Benefit EventWednesday, March 29, 2023, at 7 p.m.Cipriani 25 Broadway
To learn more about the event, visit www.Audubon.org/Benefit.
About the ArtistsAndrew Bird has always had grand ambitions for what music can be, but his method has sharpened over the years. On albums like 2012’s “Break It Yourself”, which cracked the Billboard top 10, he explores themes of autonomy, and how our choices ricochet throughout our lives. “My Finest Work Yet”, from 2020, received a GRAMMY nomination and found Bird touching on political themes through this same lens.
Renowned English supermodel Karen Elson‘s blossoming music career has seen the release of three full-length albums, “The Ghost Who Walks” and “Double Roses” and in spring of 2022 she released her third album “Green” to critical acclaim which was produced by the Grammy award-winning musical duo of Daniel Tashian and Ian Fitchuk.
You’ve heard Uwade before. It’s her honeyed voice that opens Fleet Foxes’ 2020 record Shore – an experience that’s since earned her global critical acclaim. Though her career in music is now taking off, for Uwade, 21, singing has always been a kind of prayer. This stems, in part, from her spiritual upbringing – steeped in the sounds of hymnal choral music and Nigerian Highlife on her dad’s car radio – and her rigorous education. To describe her voice as a divine signal you’d read about in classic texts, at once ancient and altogether new.
If the highest compliment to a musician is to say that his or her band transports the listener, then bandleader Vince Giordano is a travel agency extraordinaire unto himself, providing a one-way ticket to a fascinating time and place. His vintage-style 1920s/30s music instantly brings the audience to a raucous, uninhibited party where enjoyment reigns supreme. Only a mannequin would fail to get up and dance.
About AudubonThe National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. Audubon works throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation. State programs, nature centers, chapters, and partners give Audubon an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire, and unite diverse communities in conservation action. A nonprofit conservation organization since 1905, Audubon believes in a world in which people and wildlife thrive. Learn more at www.audubon.org and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @audubonsociety.
About The Birdsong ProjectThe Birdsong Project was created and assembled by Randall Poster and features a who’s-who of decorated actors, Pulitzer prize winners, top musicians, and beyond including Olivia Wilde, Sean Penn, Robert Pattinson, Greta Gerwig, Mark Ronson, Nick Cave, Elvis Costello, Ad-Rock, Bette Midler, Danielle Haim, Florence Welch and hundreds more. All proceeds go towards The National Audubon Society. Learn more about The Birdsong Project in these features in the NY Times feature, CBS Sunday Morning interview, The Guardian, NPR Music, Rolling Stone.
Media Contacts: National Audubon Society – Megan Moriarty, [email protected]
Shore Fire Media – Rebecca Shapiro, Chris Taillie and Erica Goldish, [email protected]