For the Birds: The Birdsong Project earns a Grammy Nomination today for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package.
The 5 Volume, 20-LP Deluxe Box set packaging was designed by Jeri Heiden and John Heiden with contributions from dozens of artists, and The Birdsong Project was produced by Randall Poster, the Grammy Award-winning producer and music supervisor known for his longtime work with Wes Anderson and Martin Scorsese. It was conceived and inspired by Executive Producer Rebecca Reagan, who brought a grand creative vision and wisdom to the project. Additional executive producers are Elliot Bergman, Stewart Lerman and Lee Ranaldo.
The complete 5-volume collection from The Birdsong Project is available digitally for streaming though the full collection is also available as a limited edition 20-LP deluxe box set, which features a 60-page book including an essay by musician-ornithologist Jonathan Meiburg of Shearwater and a package bursting with paintings and illustrations of birds by well-known artists.
Of the nomination the Heidens say of the work,”We are honored to be a part of this visionary project, and extend our gratitude to producer Randall Poster, and all of the diverse creative artists who contributed their works to this extraordinary compilation. Coming together – with one hope in mind – to help bring attention to the threats birds face around the world. For the birds!”
Poster adds,” I am thrilled to have The Birdsong Project receive a Grammy nomination - it would not have been possible without the endless imagination and creativity of Jeri & John Heiden. They have been mainstays of the project and have created the most enchanting box set ever. For the birds.”
“The National Audubon Society is proud to be a part of The Birdsong Project, which brings together artists, actors, writers, and bird lovers to celebrate birds and the joy they bring to our lives,” said Dr. Elizabeth Gray, Chief Executive Officer of the National Audubon Society. “Together as a community, we are channeling our work and creativity to protect birds and the places they need, and to address the environmental challenges our planet faces.”
The project’s expansive collection of 242 recordings represents a remarkable assemblage of diverse talent from across the creative community in support of an important cause, including GRAMMY, Oscar, Emmy, Pulitzer, Peabody and James Beard Award winners Ad-Rock, Sam Amidon, Laurie Anderson, Beck, Cassandra Jenkins, Dan Deacon, Julia Holter, Daniel Lanois, Elvis Costello, Flaming Lips, Haden Triplets, Jeff Tweedy, Jim James, Kamasi Washington, Karen O, Kurt Vile, Atlas Sound & L’Rain, Makaya McCraven, Arturo O’Farrill, Hania Rani, Mark Ronson, Nick Cave, Stephin Merritt, Mark Mothersbaugh, Terry Riley, Tyondai Braxton, UNKLE, Yo-Yo Ma, and many more. The majority of the recordings were made specifically for this project.
Spoken-word contributions recorded and donated to the project feature an array of writers and actors including Jonathan Franzen, Maggie Smith, Ocean Vuong, Alice Waters, George Saunders, Florence Welch, Greta Gerwig, Jeff Goldblum, Jelani Cobb, Matthew McConaughey, Natasha Lyonne, Regina King, Robert Pattinson, Sean Penn, Tilda Swinton, Tim Blake Nelson, Bobby Cannavale, Olivia Wilde, and more.
Proceeds from The Birdsong Project benefit the National Audubon Society, a nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to protecting birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.