Andrew Bird’s intimate “Gezelligheid” performances make their Nashville debut this December for a two-night residency at the Downtown Presbyterian Church. The annual winter series will return to Chicago for its seventh year with four nights at Fourth Presbyterian Church. Appropriating a Dutch term that loosely translates to “cozy,” the performances concentrate mainly on instrumental violin pieces amplified only by Bird’s signature giant Victrola horns. Tickets go on sale this Friday—see the holiday dates below in addition to a new leg of West Coast shows.
Bird is featured on the Lumineers cover of Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues” released last week. The track premiered on Entertainment Weekly to coincide with the release of Ken Burns’ new Vietnam docuseries The Vietnam War, which premiered Sunday, September 17 on PBS. Supported by Spotify, the track is part of an exclusive collection of protest songs to promote the series.
Bird’s score for Lynn Shelton’s new film, Outside In, made its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival. The score received a rave review from Variety, who proclaimed, “Having pop iconoclast Andrew Bird as composer was an inspired choice, as his largely acoustic score adds some playful edges to the overall texture” and The Hollywood Reporterhailed the “excellent score by Andrew Bird.”
New episodes of Bird’s Facebook Live series “Live from the Great Room,” are also forthcoming. The series streams live from Bird’s living room, putting the creative process on display for fans as he performs and converses with friends and collaborators in a candid, intimate setting. Paper hails the series as “compelling as fuck” and “delightful,” while Nerdist praises the “always beautifully done live concerts.” Previous guests include Fiona Apple, Matt Berninger of The National, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Lucius, Tift Merritt, Dawes, Esperanza Spalding, Jackson Browne, Theaster Gates, Jimbo Mathus of the Squirrel Nut Zippers, Dan Wilson, Chris Thile, Blake Mills, John C. Reilly and Tom Brosseau.
ANDREW BIRD LIVE
September 20—Los Angeles, CA—Sofar Sounds: Give A Home
September 23—Malibu, CA—Wixen Music Authentic Voices Festival
October 13—Mesa, AZ—Mesa Arts Center
October 14—Santa Barbara, CA—Campbell Hall
October 16—San Luis Obispo, CA—Christopher Cohan Center
October 18—San Francisco, CA—SFJAZZ, Miner Auditorium
October 19—San Francisco, CA—SFJAZZ, Miner Auditorium
October 20—Stanford, CA—Bing Concert Hall
October 22—Davis, CA—Mondavi Center
October 23—Arcata, CA—Van Duzer Theatre
ANDREW BIRD “GEZELLIGHEID” SHOWS
December 8—Nashville, TN—Downtown Presbyterian Church
December 9—Nashville, TN—Downtown Presbyterian Church
December 11—Chicago, IL—Fourth Presbyterian Church
December 12—Chicago, IL—Fourth Presbyterian Church
December 13—Chicago, IL—Fourth Presbyterian Church
December 14—Chicago, IL—Fourth Presbyterian Church