The Bowery Presents (Venue Partner)
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Monday Dec 10, 2012 (8pm)
“Just as Joanna Newsom hearts the harp, chanteur Andrew Bird vanquishes the violin. Not only does Bird strum the old-school instrument proficiently, but he also samples it, overdubs it live, and uses it as an accoutrement to glockenspiel, mandolin, and whistle. Bird delivers his multitasking melodies with trademark charisma; expect more of that tonight, as he performs mostly instrumental tunes as part of his intimate Gezelligheid shows.”
Andrew Bird will reprise his intimate solo “Gezelligheid” performances this winter, bringing them to Chicago’s Fourth Presbyterian Church December 19-20 and, for the first time, New York’s Riverside Church December 10. Appropriating a Dutch term that loosely translated means “cozy,” the performances concentrate mainly on instrumental violin pieces amplified only by Bird’s signature giant Victrola horns. Bird notes, “What I hope to do with these shows is adapt my music completely to the atmosphere of the space and the season. I want the audience to be both lifted and comforted as we head into another cold and dark winter. I feel the space should be sacred so the audience can experience my music in a different atmosphere.”