B i o g r a p h y
With a head full of rhythm and ears hungry for noise, Austin Birdy’s work behind the drums has inevitably become a vehicle of pure, unadulterated expression. He lives a life entrenched in his love for the finer details of the art form, now boasting an impressive performance history that extends to both the classical and contemporary fields.
Hailing from San Antonio, Texas but now based in NYC, Austin has spent the past two decades engulfed in his craft. Building a foundation in the marching arts while touring twice nationally with Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps, then furthering his studies with a Bachelor of Percussion from The Boston Conservatory.
Fast forward to today, and Austin has performed hundreds of concerts in the Northeast area – from corporate events and weddings to gigs at Feinstein's 54 Below, Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Harvard University, Dartmouth College, MIT, John Hancock Hall, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. He has also made music with groups like the Brockton Symphony Orchestra, MassOpera, Boston Theater Company, Chelsea Theatreworks, Charles River Wind Ensemble, Mass Arts Center, Boston Children's Theater, and has covered drum and percussion books for 31 youth/college/community musicals, including an equity production at Boston's Tony Award-winning Huntington Theater Company.
Austin has worked under accomplished directors and production designers like Michael Greif (Rent, Dear Evan Hansen), and Tony Award Honoree Michael McElroy (Next to Normal, The Who's Tommy), for the 42-show run of Man in The Ring by Pulitzer Prize recipient Michael Cristofer (The Shadow Box, Mr. Robot).
He's also had the privilege of playing with artists like Dawn Cantwell from Wicked and Sting's The Last Ship, jazz-trombonist Bob McChesney (Ray Charles, Michael Jackson), Jason Treuting of Sō Percussion, and on shows with acts like Brian Wilson's Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary tour, Machine Girl, MaddieJay, The Downtown Boys, Trishes, Weakend Friends, as well as True Widow while playing briefly for Elizabeth Colour Wheel (The Flenser). Additionally, Austin has played and helped organize 5 DIY tours with independent bands, performing in a slew of basements, bars, and small venues across 25 states.
Austin’s diverse yet precise approach to drumming has led to collaboration with engineers like Benny Grotto (Ben Folds, Aerosmith), James Plotkin (Sunn O))), Oneohtrix Point Never), Jeff Lipton (Lake Street Dive, City and Colour), Perry Geyer (Robin Thicke, Sarah McLaughlin), and Tony Mamione (Jeff Buckley) while recording sessions for Theatrely.com, Eden Rayz, Man in The Ring, Big Fuzzy, Kira McSpice, Aüva, Gamma Pope, Cyberbully Spaceship, and Dent.