Andrew Bird Announces Tour With Church Performances

October 22, 2009  |  2:25pm

Throughout 2009, Andrew Bird has brought his orchestral arrangements with notes of impressive whistling to a variety of locales, ranging from major summer festivals to high-school auditoriums. And once his Austin City Limits and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon performances air over the next week, the upcoming months will be no exception.

In five solo performances at two U.S. churches, Bird will present his Noble Beast in a more intimate manner. Inspired by childhood memories and Dutch term gezelligheid (which loosely translates as “coziness”), Bird plans to prioritize violin over horn instrumentals under a new, more ambient light, as he switches out the churches’ traditional overhead fixtures. “I want the audience to be both lifted and comforted as we head into another cold and dark winter,” he said in a statement. “I feel the space should be sacred so the audience can experience my music in a different atmosphere.”

These gezelligheid performances in Minneapolis and Chicago will be Bird’s only U.S. performances in between a European and Australian tour, save for a solo performance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dates:

November
10 – London @ Union Chapel
11 – London @ Union Chapel
13 – Paris @ Casino de Paris
15 – Amsterdam @ Melkweg
16 – Tumhout @ de Warande
17 – Gent @ Vooruit
19 – Katowice @ Festival Ars Cameralis
21 – Madrid @ Joy Eslava
23 – Valencia @ Palau de la Musica
24 – Barcelona @ Sala Apolo

December
8 – Champaign, Ill. – Foellinger Auditorium at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign $
10 – Minneapolis, Minn. – St Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral %
11 – Minneapolis, Minn. – St Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral %
15 – Chicago, Ill. – Fourth Presbyterian Church %
16 – Chicago, Ill. – Fourth Presbyterian Church %
17 – Chicago, Ill. – Fourth Presbyterian Church %
30 – Marion Bay, Australia – The Falls Music & Arts Festival
31 – Lorne, Australia – The Falls Music & Arts Festival

January
1 – Melbourne, Australia @ The Hi-Fi
3 – Sydney, Australia @ Sydney Opera House
7 – Brisbane, Australia @ Sunset Sounds
9 – Busselton, Australia @ Southbound
26 – Singapore @ Esplanade
27 – Hong Kong @ Grappa’s Cellar
29 – Shanghai @ Zhijiang Dream Factory
30 – Beijing – Mao Live House

February
3 – Tokyo @ Club Quattro
6 – Honolulu, Hawaii @ Pipeline Café $
20 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Bovard Auditorium at the University of Southern California $

$ solo performance
% gezelligheid performance

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