andrew birds strips it down (but not like that)

so andrew bird is on tour right now with st. vincent. i’ve been hearing amazing things about those shows which make me very very sad to be missing them. however, he has just announced the addition of 5 intimate solo gigs he will be doing in chicago and minneapolis mid-december. but i can’t go to them either. or can i???

12/10 – Minneapolis, MN @ St Mark’s Episcopal Church
12/11 – Minneapolis, MN @ St Mark’s Episcopal Church
12/15 – Chicago, IL @ 4th Presbyterian Church
12/16 – Chicago, IL @ 4th Presbyterian Church
12/17 – Chicago, IL @ 4th Presbyterian Church

these performances will be centered around the concept of “‘gezelligheid,’ a Dutch term that can only be approximately translated into English using the word “coziness,” a term that fails to fully describe the more intensely warm, amicable and joyous atmosphere the word expresses in its native language.”

this means he’s choosing ambient light sources over traditional overhead lighting, those giant horns over a p.a. system, and instrumental violin pieces over his typical concert fare.

of course. andrew bird: word genius. not news to us. souverian!

“What I hope to do with these shows is adapt my music completely to the atmosphere of the space and the season.” “I’m inspired to do this based on childhood memories of performing Handel’s Messiah in various churches on an annual basis. The music will be mostly original instrumentals using my voice only to intone. 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.”

birthday road trip, anyone???

(via consequence of sound)

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~ by CJL on October 21, 2009.

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