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Jeremy Birdsall is an Orlando-based composer, producer, teacher, multi-instrumentalist, and avid supporter of quality, local, original music. He has been committed to the professional music industry on every level for over 20 years.

Born the first of eight siblings into a musical and theatrical family, Jeremy’s passion for music was instilled in him at a very early age. Throughout his high school years, Jeremy studied and taught piano, guitar, and bass guitar, performed with numerous bands, and toured the U.S. and Europe as keyboardist for The Continentals, playing major venues including Mile High Stadium in Denver and Royal Albert Hall in London. During this tour, The Continentals performed as backup band for 5-time Grammy® Award-winning and 40-time Dove Award-winning platinum artist, Sandi Patty, as well as Wayne Watson, Scott Wesley Brown, and Don Francisco. Experiences such as these throughout high school, along with Jeremy’s passion for music, led him to pursue a higher musical education.

Jeremy received his Bachelor's degree in Music Composition in 1998 from the University of Idaho’s Lionel Hampton School of Music. While attending there, each year during the renowned Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival Jeremy was honored with being appointed as the festival’s Artist/Press Relations Representative and Personal Assistant to pioneering Jazz Festival Publicist, Virginia Wicks (who went on to win the 2010 Jazz Journalist Association “A Team” award). The largest jazz festival in the world, this five-day music festival involves hundreds of world-renowned jazz artists, tens of thousands of participants, over 200 clinics, and 15 venues. As Artist/PR Rep for the festival, Jeremy was afforded the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to assist and work closely with the late Dr. Lionel Hampton, as well as other jazz luminaries including Ray Brown, Diana Krall, Brian Bromberg, and Elvin Jones. He also coordinated interviews between members of the press and individual artists including Alex Acuna, Brian Bromberg, Jon Faddis, Frank Foster, Frank Wess, Claudio Roditi, and others. These invaluable opportunities were essential in the refinement of Jeremy’s musical and performing skills and abilities, which have led him to become the accomplished composer and performer that he is today.

Rounding out his college experiences, Jeremy became an FCC-licensed radio DJ and on-air personality for KPND 95.3 FM / KSPT 1400 AM (Sandpoint, ID) and KZFN Z-FUN 106 FM / KRPL 1400 AM (Moscow, ID). He was also a contributing writer and concert reviewer for the University of Idaho’s newspaper, The Argonaut, regularly making front page with his reviews on the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. He filled the rest of his time repairing and restoring over 100 upright and grand pianos as piano technician for the university under the guidance of Piano Technicians Guild® member, Everett Story.

Shortly after receiving his Bachelor’s degree, Jeremy relocated to Miami, Florida, where he composed, recorded, and produced with 11-time Grammy® Award-winning producer and bassist, Rick Finch of KC and the Sunshine Band. During the 18 months that he worked with the multi-platinum producer, Jeremy learned and mastered vital technical skills, including resourceful engineering and professional production in both analog and digital environments, setting the stage for Jeremy to begin building his own recording and production company.

In 2000, Jeremy founded Kavode, Inc., a multi-faceted entertainment industry group comprising Kavode Studios (a full-service recording studio) and Kavode Records (an independent record label). Kavode, Inc. produces rock, pop, alternative, electronica and jazz albums, as well as providing 5.1 surround mix, ADR, foley, composition, production, and recording services for various film, TV, and video game projects. Kavode, Inc.’s mission is to provide clients with creative solutions for the evolving entertainment industry. In 2011, Jeremy expanded the group to include Kavode Entertainment (an event promotions and entertainment consulting firm). As President of Kavode, Inc., Jeremy has assumed numerous roles in the music and post-production industries including audio post production supervisor, stereo mix editor, 5.1 surround mix editor, sound designer, ADR editor, foley recordist, composer, producer, manager, promoter, artist/press relations, booking agent, recording engineer, session musican, and performance sideman with various clients spanning a wide variety of music, film, and TV genres.

In 2010, Jeremy co-founded Shut Up & Play, along with his wife, Lynn Birdsall, and fellow musician, Thuan Nguyen. Shut Up & Play is a Central Florida festival celebrating instrumental music of all genres. Since its inception, the festival has since grown into a full-day event with over 20 bands and a national headliner. Shut Up & Play was created to highlight and celebrate locally-grown, innovative, virtuosic instrumental bands and musicians and showcase them along with regional, national, and international instrumental acts. The festival provides instrumentalists a larger platform and broader audience for showcasing their talent alongside other great instrumentalists, thereby challenging each other while reaching new fans! Shut Up & Play gives instrumentalists a voice!

Also in 2010, Jeremy was honored to be named Songwriters Showcases of America's "2010 MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR" for his multi-instrumental work with groove-rock fusion trio Decoy Beat, featuring his simultaneous improvisation on electric bass and keyboards.

Jeremy and Lynn actively served on the Board of Directors for the Central Florida Jazz Society from October 2010 to November 2011 and were the organization's Community Relations Coordinators, in which they sought out opportunities for the respected organization to introduce itself to new audiences and members of the community. Incorporated in 1974 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, the Central Florida Jazz Society preserves jazz as America’s original contribution to the arts by presenting monthly concerts, promoting live jazz music and local jazz musicians in Central Florida, and providing scholarships for deserving young musicians and assistance for jazz education in the community. Jeremy contributed his musician services to CFJS and advised on matters concerning expansion of the organization. He is responsible for introducing a more upscale, jazz club-like experience to their monthly concert series by bringing their 2011-2012 season to the brand new, state-of-the-art Orlando venue, The Abbey. According to the society’s President in the May/June 2012 issue of their Blue Notes publication, this new concert location and relationship with The Abbey, facilitated by Jeremy, is cited as the #1 reason 2011-2012 was “the most successful season in recent memory.”

In August 2011, Jeremy and Lynn were honored to become members of The Circle for the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, a downtown Orlando state-of-the-art cultural performance center currently under construction and slated for a 2014 opening. Jeremy and Lynn fervently support the center’s mission, which is comprised of four aspects: “CELEBRATION (a stage for the best performing artists from all over the region and the world), EDUCATION (everyone who visits will leave inspired, informed and energized), PARTICIPATION (visitors are not spectators – they are active participants who contribute to the collective experience), and DESTINATION (a place in Central Florida where Floridians and visitors of all ages will come for world-class entertainment).” The Circle is the institution’s friend-raising arm. It is a “high-level committee comprised of over 100 beloved, regional leaders. All members are presented to and approved by the Board of Directors. The Circle draws upon the wisdom, creativity, and pure will of these volunteers to lead community engagement efforts throughout [Central Florida]. Closer to opening, the Circle will also help to build programming councils, which will provide essential feedback and direction on activities in and outside of the building.” (From Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts’ website.) In addition to helping raise awareness about the center, Jeremy also donates his services by providing music entertainment for their friend and fundraising events.

In 2012, Jeremy and Lynn founded the Orlando Jazz Cooperative™, which in partnership with Kavode, Inc. and Clear Channel Media’s WLOQ 102.5 FM "Orlando's Smooth Jazz", provides a free, daily live jazz event listing service to Central Florida jazz musicians, jazz-supporting venues, and jazz fans alike via the Orlando Jazz Community Facebook Group. The group, moderated by Lynn, provides a forum for local jazz musicians and jazz fans to get to know each other while discussing and sharing information about local jazz events. This is the first and only jazz resource of its kind available to the Central Florida community.

Jeremy currently performs on piano/keyboards, electric and upright bass, guitar, Chapman Stick®, sitar, dulcimer, drums, loops and vocals with several groups in Central Florida including: modern folk group, The Floridanas; instrumental trio, Decoy Beat; experimental Chapman Stick® project, StickCentric; Indian fusion group, Maitreyi; Matt “The Saxman” Festa’s smooth jazz ensemble, Cornucopia Jazz Project; and polka band, KeyTunes. In addition to performing regularly with these projects, Jeremy also subs on keyboards and bass for several established Central Florida orchestras and jazz, rock, and dance bands, and he plays weekly with the worship band of First Baptist Oviedo.

Jeremy can be contacted at Jeremy@Kavode.com.

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Member of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 389

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Member of the International Society of Bassists (ISB)

Member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers (NGPT)

Member of the Central Florida Music Teachers Association (CFMTA)

Member of the Florida State Music Teachers Association (FSMTA)

Member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)

Songwriters Showcases of America’s “2010 Musician of the Year”