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December 9, 2016
by: Zoe Farrell, Étude Studios Writing Intern

Why we make music: Interview with Birds of Chicago

Before their concert, band Birds of Chicago, featuring husband and wife duo JT Nero and Allison Russell, was kind enough to sit down for an interview with Étude Studios Interns. Birds of Chicago has been together since 2012, and they provide an eclectic mix of folk and indie style music.

Nero, Russell, and the interns discussed how the band plays to their strengths and how they set themselves apart from others in the folk music scene. Nero explained that they tend to avoid approaching their music with the intention of setting themselves ‘apart.’

“In some ways we are all, if you are in music or any art, you are a product of all the music and art that has come before you,” Nero said. “We do always acknowledge the myriad of things that have influenced us, because we see ourselves as part of a tradition now.”

Nero and Russell agreed that the reason they create music and art is purely to fulfill their own needs of expression. Because of this, setting themselves apart is never really the main focus. Similar to the beliefs of the Etude Group of Schools, the band seeks only to make art that they love. They believe that everything after that — the following, the albums and everything else — is merely secondary. The duo emphasized that they felt the need to be authentic with their writing.

“An artist’s only responsibility is to be honest to what you’re feeling in that moment,” Nero said. The fact that their music is considered within the folk genre was never their intent. “We subscribe to kind of the widest definition of what folk music is. For me folk music is whatever mode of music is reaching the most people right now. It is whatever music is, lyrically, getting to the most people,” Nero said.

Even though they are fairly local, originating from Chicago, the band Birds of Chicago has managed to reach wide and far with their authentic writing styles and intentions behind their music. Sharing their music at Etude Sessions inspires even more people to be honest with their art.


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October 10, 2016
by: Ted Hamm

Good Music: This is How we Fundraise

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Dear Parents, Students, and Friends,

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July 30, 2015

Start Season 3 With Us

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We are looking forward to an unbelievable Season 3 of bringing Good Music + Good Cause together through The Étude Sessions!

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March 31, 2015
by: Zoe Farrell & Autumn Willard, Étude Studios Publications Interns

EOS and Amity sponsor upcoming Étude Sessions featuring Rogue Valley

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EOS and Amity Skateboards are sponsoring the next Étude Sessions concert, featuring Minnesota band Rogue Valley, at Paradigm Coffee and Music April 8 at 8 p.m.

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January 23, 2015
by: The Étude Group

New! Subscribe to get Étude Sessions posts by Email

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The Étude Sessions blog is home to the stories behind Good Music + Good Cause. It is the best place to find information about upcoming shows and learn how the money raised through the shows is supporting students in all three of The Étude Group schools: ESAA, Mosaic, and IDEAS.

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October 13, 2014
by: Ted Hamm

Chris Bathgate : NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

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The second best thing to hearing Chris Bathgate live is listening to his Tiny Desk Concert. Check it out as you properly prepare yourself for Saturday, October 18th at Paradigm Coffee.

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