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Avey Tare

Live in September 2007
Background information
Born April 24, 1979 (1979-04-24) (age 30)
Genres Experimental rock
Electronic music
Folk music
New Weird America
Instruments Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Synthesizers, Percussion
Years active 2000–present
Labels Paw Tracks, FatCat Records, Domino Records, Catsup Plate, St. Ives, UAAR,
Associated acts Animal Collective, Avey Tare & Kría Brekkan, Terrestrial Tones
Website [1]

Avey Tare (born David Portner, April 24, 1979) is an avant-garde musician and founding member of Animal Collective. Portner lives with his wife Kristín Anna Valtýsdóttir (ex-Múm) in the Chinatown section of New York City. [1]


Animal Collective and other musical projects

Avey Tare had met Animal Collective's Deakin (Josh Dibb), Panda Bear (Noah Lennox), and Geologist (Brian Weitz) in high school. For years, the four of them had swapped homemade recordings, shared musical ideas and performed in different group configurations. Avey Tare recorded the Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished album with Panda Bear, and initially released the recording on the band's own Animal label in 2000. The album is commonly referred to as the first official Animal Collective release, with Tare writing the music and Panda Bear providing the 'perfect drums' (as cited in the album's credits)

After high school, Avey Tare and Geologist moved to New York City to attend NYU and Columbia University, respectively. Panda Bear and Deakin had eventually moved to NYC, and the band became more collaborative in nature. They finally settled on the name "Animal Collective".

Whilst the band's output is, as their name suggests, a highly collaborative effort, with no typical 'frontman', Avey Tare has been cited by the other members as being the 'primary songwriter' of the group. On all of the releases after 'Spirit They've Gone Spirit They've Vanished', Tare has written at least half of the material, and for the albums 'Feels', 'Strawberry Jam' and 'Merriweather Post Pavillion', contributed around three quarters of the songs that made it onto the album.[2]

Avey Tare's other projects and releases include Terrestrial Tones with Eric Copeland of Black Dice, a split 12" with David Grubbs, and a LP with Valtýsdóttir (aka Kría Brekkan) called Pullhair Rubeye.

His sister is Abby Portner, New York City artist and musician, who creates the majority of Animal Collective's artwork.

Discography with Animal Collective







Discography with Terrestrial Tones

  • Blasted (2005, Psych-o-Path records)
  • Oboroed/Circus Lives (2005, UUAR)
  • Dead Drunk (2006, Paw Tracks)

Discography with Kría Brekkan



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