The Bowery Presents (Venue Partner)
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Tuesday Dec 11, 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.”
Bird is currently on tour in anticipation of his forthcoming Hands of Glory (due October 30 on Mom + Pop Music), a companion piece to the critically acclaimed full-length record Break It Yourself. The new record is the product of a pair of recording sessions prompted by the overwhelming response to Bird’s “old-time” sets on recent tours. Reinterpreting songs from Break It Yourself and featuring covers of classic country tunes, these “old-time” performances find Bird and his full band playing to a single microphone with an entirely acoustic setup. Drawing inspiration from these sets, Hands of Glory features two brand new original tracks, a new interpretation of “Orpheo Looks Back” from Break It Yourself and covers of Townes Van Zandt, the Handsome Family, Alpha Consumer and others.