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Biography

Sleepybird's music is a unique combination of acoustic instrumentation and modern technology. In addition to their numerous stage appearances, they work side by side with painters, sculptors, writers, directors, dancers and photographers to help influence the sights and the sounds.

The band was formed in the winter of 2004 when singer-songwriter Nick Tertel started playing his homespun ditties on the local musicians' co-op circuit. Thinking that he could benefit from a larger sound, Nick recruited multi-instrumentalists Jason Dryden of Fermata and Jaime Legato, who played with Nick in his previous incarnation Giant Jerk. Trombonist Dustin Malone was added to the lineup in 2005 and Violinist Elizabeth Landis joined in 2006. Sleepybird has been a fixture in the Midwest, playing festivals such as Cincinnati's Midpoint Music Festival, Toronto's North by Northeast, Detroit's Motor City Music Conference and the first two Dayton Music Fests. On the recording front, their debut CD No Flood received great reviews and featured artwork by Kemper.

Their second CD All Things Are Mine was released Oct. 13th 2006 on Dermusik Records. The artwork was created especially for the album by painter Amy Kollar-Anderson. Founding member keyboardist Jaime Legato and his wife, viola player Lisa Earl, left the band before the release of the third CD although they are on the recording.

Sleepybird's third CD, The Sadness Will Last Forever, was released on Nov. 14, 2009 on Dermusik Records.

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