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Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner and James McAlister Revive "Planetarium" at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!

Planetarium with Sufjan Sevens - BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn - Feast of Music Jul 18  2017 Jul 18  2017  9-14 PMWhen Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner and James McAlister first performed their collaboration Planetarium at BAM in 2013, we were blown away by the experience, which seamlessly blended elements of classical, pop, rock, and electronics, accompanied by some pretty awesome visuals. As we said at the time:

"This was edgy rock and pop, and its straightforward presentation enabled it to breathe and communicate without being suffocated by mists of pretension. Lush harmonies melded together with a luxurious flow and were enhanced by the smoky projections on stage; you couldn’t help but be moved by the aural and visual spectacle."

Last month, Planetarium was finally released as an album, and to mark the occasion, Sufjan, Nico, Bryce and James brought their live show (sans lasers) back to NYC last night with a benefit concert at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn. The standing room-only crowd was enthusiastic from the start, cheering wildly after the big numbers "Jupiter" and "Saturn." In between songs, Sufjan held sway like a made-for-TV astronomer while making numerous oblique references to the challenging times we live in, encouraging us to look to the stars to remind us that the universe is much bigger - and vastly more open - than we are. 

Watch a performance of "Mercury" from Monday's Late Show here. More pics below and on the photo page

Planetarium with Sufjan Sevens - BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn - Feast of Music Jul 18  2017 Jul 18  2017  10-014
Planetarium with Sufjan Sevens - BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn - Feast of Music Jul 18  2017 Jul 18  2017  10-23 PM
Planetarium with Sufjan Sevens - BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn - Feast of Music Jul 18  2017 Jul 18  2017  10-23 PM Planetarium with Sufjan Sevens - BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn - Feast of Music Jul 18  2017 Jul 18  2017  10-014
Planetarium with Sufjan Sevens - BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn - Feast of Music Jul 18  2017 Jul 18  2017  10-014

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