Posted in music | pictures | video on October 25, 2007

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This Sunday, Oct. 28, Sufjan Stevens will premier a couple pieces from his new orchestral project "The BQE" on David Garland's radio show Spinning On Air. That'll be heard Oct. 28, 7- 8 pm on WNYC-FM 93.9 in New York City, and online. David will also interview Sufjan. David also threw a preview up on YouTube....

Oct. 28, 2007, 7-8 pm, Spinning On Air with David Garland Sufjan Stevens and his Orchestra ride the BQE

Songwriter Sufjan Stevens has always shown a fascination with orchestral color and sound in his recordings, and his popular albums of songs usually include some purely instrumental pieces. Now he brings an orchestra of eleven players into the WNYC Studio for a live performance of pieces from his new instrumental composition "The BQE." Sufjan talks with host David Garland about the music and the ideas behind it, which include the story of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway, the consequences of urban planning, and hula hoops. This music, scheduled for sold-out performances in November in the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival, receives its premier on Spinning On Air!

I wonder if Sufjan sings at all in the BQE thing.

David Garland recently celebrated 20 years on the air at Joe's Pub. There are pictures, and you can listen to it.

See what else is coming up at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.



Comments (17)

Oooooh Yeeeeuh.

Sufjan Stevens fisted me behind a Duane Reade.

Posted by "Macho Man" Randy Savage | October 25, 2007 10:37 AM

The BAM website says its a 90 min show that will feature orchestral works during his film on the BQE but also sufjan will perform his songs new and old. However, it seems more and more like its just going to be his orchestral work and only intrumentals.

Does anybody know if he will be doing any of his songs from his albums or is the BAM website completely misleading this?

Posted by Anonymous | October 25, 2007 10:43 AM

According to this NY mag article, BQE is a 30-minute piece. So it seems likely he'll be playing other stuff, too, if the show is 90 minutes.

Posted by tricia | October 25, 2007 10:48 AM

On radio, no one can see you smile.

But that won't be a problem for ol' Sourpuss Stevens.

Posted by Wackamole | October 25, 2007 10:52 AM

hopefully this was recorded early in the rehearsal process, cause this piece sounds borderline awful, shrill and uninteresting. an orchestral piece is more than just pretty melodies.

Posted by Anonymous | October 25, 2007 11:31 AM

i love me some sufjan

Posted by Anonymous | October 25, 2007 11:50 AM

If the pieces are all as chaotic and unlistenable as that one, I'm going to pull my hair out at BAM.

Posted by Anonymous | October 25, 2007 12:10 PM

Certainly sounds...complex. Let's not forget that this is movement 6 of a much larger piece, so it'll be interesting to see how it fits in with the rest. I can't wait for November 3rd.

Posted by Anonymous | October 25, 2007 2:41 PM

Parts 1-5, and 7-9 are really much better than this.

Posted by Anonymous | October 25, 2007 5:19 PM

the BAM just emailed ticketholders the program. the show is apparently divided two acts, the first is the premiere of the bqe. the second act is entitled, "sufjan plays the hits".

hopefully the orchestra will also be involved with the second act.

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2007 2:32 PM

oh and there will be hula hoopers!!

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2007 2:33 PM

sufjan is a hottie.

Posted by Anonymous | November 1, 2007 6:00 PM

the second to last song was amazing and transcendent. anyone know what it was? setlist?

Posted by Anonymous | November 1, 2007 11:50 PM

The second to last song was "Majesty Snowbird"--an even better arrangement than the ones played at Town Hall. I dug the electic guitar this time. But the greatest point of the night was Suf bustin' out that brand new jam solo at the piano.

Posted by Greg | November 2, 2007 12:48 AM

definitely thought majesty snowbird was the highlight of the night, the way the visuals and music and lighting all came together in a completely synergistic way. the room was just connected in a sublime penultimate moment that brought me to tears. amazing.

Posted by Anonymous | November 2, 2007 1:19 AM

This is probably a dumb question, but is Majesty Snowbird available on any of his albums or eps?

Posted by Anonymous | November 2, 2007 1:25 AM

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