Musician / Composer / Sound Designer

KEVIN O'DONNELL is a drummer, composer, and sound designer.  He has recorded and toured extensively with Andrew Bird, recently drumming for Andrew's “Are You Serious” and "Hands of Glory" tours, and playing drums for Andrew’s music on the Zack Galifinakis show "Baskets" on the FX channel (first air date 1/22/16).  Kevin played on all of Bird's early recordings (up through "The Mysterious Production of Eggs"), including the recently re-released "Weather Systems" ("Essential listening" – Pitchfork); and he also co-produced and performed on the soundtrack for the film "Norman" starring Richard Jenkins and Emily VanCamp.  He has also performed or recorded with Kelly Hogan, Jon Rauhouse, Rachel Ries, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Nickel Creek, Jon Wesley Harding, David Berkeley, Roger Eno/Dive Index, and Ani DeFranco, among many others.

Before switching his focus to composing and designing for theatre, he composed extensively for choreographer Molly Shanahan, with whom he recently began a new collaboration, the work-in-progress Blackbird Vantriloquy.  His work with Shanahan has been performed from Chicago to New York, and from Florida to Montreal.

As a composer and designer for theatre, Kevin has worked all over the US.  In Chicago, where he is based, he has worked at Steppenwolf, Lookingglass, Chicago Shakespeare, Victory Gardens, Northlight, The Court, Redmoon, The Building Stage, The Hypocrites, and The House Theatre (where he is a company member), amongst many others.  His work in Chicago theatre has earned him 23 Jeff Award nominations, and 10 Awards; in New Orleans he has been nominated for 2 Big Easy Awards.  Outside of Chicago his work has been heard at numerous regional theaters; and in New York at St. Anne's Warehouse, 59E59, The Cherry Lane, and The Signature Theatre.


Photographer: Ryan Bourque