19 November, 2021Print
Andrew Bird Announces 2021 Gezelligheid PerformanceThe Holiday Tradition Returns For Its Twelfth Year on December 19th, Streaming Live From LA
For twelve years and counting, Andrew Bird has welcomed winter with a glowing series of concerts that Chicagoans famously know as Gezelligheid. Amidst the seasonal darkness, the holiday performances have united fans in a communal experience of comforting music, and at 7pm EST on Sunday, December 19th, the tradition continues. Announced today, the latest edition will take place away from its usual home of Chicago's Fourth Presbyterian Church, instead recreating the atmosphere through a live-streamed set in Los Angeles. Like last year's Gezelligheid, presented amidst the orange groves of Ojai, the virtual event will allow more attendees to join in than ever before, offering "beauty, and a mood of distanced coziness," as The New Yorker described in a preview of the festivities.
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While each Gezelligheid typically features a set of primarily instrumental violin pieces, amplified by his signature spinning horns (seen here), viewers can expect Andrew Bird to dust off a handful of songs from his debut holiday album, HARK!. Released in 2020, the collection of music is "wistful, sardonic, jaunty and pensive by turns" (The New York Times), combining originals like the COVID-inspired "Christmas in April" with covers of John Cale and John Prine, new arrangements of Vince Guaraldi classics and more that make it "the musical gift that keeps on giving" (AV Club). Revisit HARK! in Bird's conversations with Marc Maron and Christiane Amanpour.
The upcoming Gezelligheid concert caps another busy year for Bird, who in the past twelve months has released These 13, a widely-acclaimed collaborative album that saw him reunite with longtime friend Jimbo Mathus, in addition to headlining Ravinia Festival and a slot at Newport Folk Festival. Alongside his bandmate Alan Hampton, Bird also composed the stirring score for brand new documentary Storm Lake, which premiered on PBS this week and captures the story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Art Cullen and his family, fighting to unite and inform their Iowan farming community through their biweekly newspaper. The Hollywood Reporter calls the film "an elegiac heartland portrait...colored by the hope of endurance"; watch it in the PBS video app.
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