Bird Show

biography
For over ten years Ben Vida has been writing, recording and releasing records. Playing in such bands as Town and Country, Singer and DRMWPN and playing solo under the name Bird Show. He has released records with many labels including Thrill Jockey, Drag City and Kranky. Ben has toured extensively around the United States, Europe and Japan. "Untitled" is Ben's third release under the Bird Show moniker. Joining the group for this outing are Greg Davis, Robert AA Lowe, Michael Zerang and Adam Vida. 2009 will see release of the first Bird Show Band release (featuring Josh Abrams, Jim Baker, Dan Bitney and John Herndon). Ben is currently work on an opera in collaboration with visual artists Siebren Versteeg and Deborah Johnson.

Ben lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife Katy.

"...a primal drone that unites Vida’s obsessions - electronic hum, acoustic ambience and woodsy buzz - into one massive sound." - Marc Masters, The Wire, April 2005

"Green Inferno feels more like a ceremony than a record. It banishes the gray cold... and coaxes a lush tropical foliage to grow out of the speakers and steam up your living room." - Bill Meyer, Magnet

"...he seems focused on capturing the mysticism and mystery of those remote locations with haunting blurs of sound and ambient chatter. When he builds up layer upon layer of violin scrapes, it feels like a tranced-out version of Kronos Quartet creating a jarring, yet seductive fever dream." - Steve Ciabatonni, CMJ Monthly March 2005

"Vida has concocted a rich, febrile soundscape populated with buzzing, droning, scything strings, wheezy harmoniums, distant voices and the chatter of insects." - BBC Music

Ben Vida Select Discography
Singer Unhistories CD/LP (Drag City, 2008)
Town & Country Town & Country CD (Boxmedia, 1998)
Town & Country Decoration Day CD EP (Thrill Jockey, 1999)
Town & Country It All Has To Do With It CD (Thrill Jockey, 2000)
Town & Country C'Mon CD (Thrill Jockey, 2002)
Town & Country 5 CD (Thrill Jockey, 2003)
Town & Country Up Above CD (Thrill Jockey, 2006)
Bird Show Green Inferno (Kranky, 2005)
Bird Show "Lightning Ghost" (Kranky, 2006)
Bird Show Untitled CD (Kranky, 2008) LP (Barge, 2008)
Central Falls Latitude CD (Truckstop, 2002)
Central Falls Love and Easy Listening CD (Truckstop, 2003)
Pillow Pillow CD (Boxmedia, 1998)
Pillow Field on Water CD (Here Forever Always, 2000)
Pillow Three Henries CD (Hapna, 2001)
Terminal 4 Terminal 4 CD (Truckstop, 2002)
Terminal 4 When I'm Falling CD (Truckstop, 2003)
Everyoned Everyoned CD (Brilliante, 2004)
Ben Vida Mpls. CD (Boxmedia, 2000)

kranky titles available
Untitled
Lightning Ghost
Green Inferno