Cross-linx Festival, The Netherlands Feb 2016
Neil Finn & Glenn Kotche’s Unlimited Orchestra at Cross-linx Festival, The Netherlands.
Neil Finn and Glenn Kotche have worked together before in Neil Finn’s collaboration project, 7 Worlds Collide. At that time, they were joined by friends such as Glenn’s Wilco bandmates plus Johnny Marr (The Smiths), Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) and Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien. This time ’round, they’re taking a totally different… indie-classical route. With the string-instruments, voices and brass players from Lunatree, Darin Gray on bass and visiting star Andrew Bird, a full orchestra is formed. Expect the best of all worlds, expertly forged together by Finn and Kotche into a 75-minute, boundless cycle of songs.
Tickets on sale now at a discounted “early bird” rate until November 1st:
25.02.16; Muziekgebouw Eindhoven Tickets here.
26.02.16; Muziekgebouw & Bimhuis Amsterdam Tickets here.
27.02.16; De Doelen, Rotterdam Tickets here.
28.02.16; Oosterpoort Groningen Tickets here.
From the press release…
Andrew Bird, Neil Finn and Glenn Kotche with orchestra at Cross-linx
– Third Coast Percussion, On Fillmore, Aart Strootman and Luke Deane also confirmed
Singer-songwriter Andrew Bird, New Zealand singer/guitarist Neil Finn and Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche form the main acts at Cross-linx, the indie-classical festival that will be touring the Netherlands from 25 to 28 February 2016. Andrew Bird will be presenting his new cd that is due to be released this spring. Kotche and Finn will be performing together for Cross-linx, in an orchestra that also includes Lunatree musicians, as well as a selection of other special guests. Other confirmed acts are the American percussion group Third Coast Percussion, On Fillmore, guitarist Aart Strootman and British talent Luke Deane.
Glenn Kotche, co-curator
Glenn Kotche is co-curator of this edition of the festival. “Kotche is an icon of the indie music scene,” says Cross-linx Director Frank Veenstra. “I’m very pleased that we are organising the programme together, and particularly that he is forming an orchestra project with Neil Finn. That promises to be very special, a cycle of songs in which their music will be joined by new and existing work and arrangements by Lunatree.” In addition to his work with the Wilco indie stars, Kotche made three solo albums, is involved in many collaborations such as with the Kronos Quartet, and can be heard on the albums of numerous bands. At Cross-linx, Kotche will also perform with his On Fillmore duo as well as with Third Coast Percussion. “With them, we will present Kotche’s work as well as material by Steve Reich”, according to Veenstra, “and such a programme is Cross-linx’ core business - the very essence of what we would like to present on stage.” Previous co-curators at Cross-linx included Bryce Dessner, guitarist with The National, and Shara Worden, aka My Brightest Diamond.
Andrew Bird (of paradise)
American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird is as much a “bird of paradise” as Glenn Kotche; he is someone who, over the past 20 years, has steadily developed his unique sound, with jazz, blues, indie rock and classical influences. A one-man band and true musical omnivore, with two steady elements: his violin, which he has played since he was four, and his characteristic flutes, with which he starts or ends many of his numbers. Bird’s new album, which will be released this spring, can be heard at Cross-linx for the first time.
Information at http://www.cross-linx.nl/en/line-up/