December 26, 2010
Multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird played an intimate set in the sanctuary of the historic Fourth Presbyterian Church located in the heart of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. Being a native to Chicago himself, it seemed no hard task to sell out all three nights of consecutive performances — a return to what he calls “Gezelligheid,” a Dutch word for “coziness” or “intimacy.”
What set this performance apart from other solo singer-songwriter performances was two things: One, is Andrew’s mastery over several instruments, including violin, guitar, mandolin, glockenspiel, and — in keeping with his name — whistling. Two, he had set up around him in the sanctuary what appeared to be giant phonograph horns, amplifying his music to add warmth to the cavernous acoustics of the vaulted church ceilings.