Posted in music | pictures on March 22, 2013

photos by Amanda Hatfield

"#Planetarium brought the house down. The future is officially made of lights, lasers and projectors." - @BAM_Brooklyn

'Planetarium' at BAM, 3/21/2013
Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens' long-in-the-works collaboration, Planetarium, made its debut last night (3/21) at BAM's Howard Gilman Opera House and was a symphony of light and sound. The first half featured individual works by each of them played by a sting quartet (frequent Dessner/Sufjan players Rob Moose, Nadia Sirota, Ben Russell, and Clarice Jensen) which inlcluded the debut of a new piece by Dessner, four of Sufjan's "Year of" pieces, and Muhly's "Diacritical Marks 1--8."

After that, Planetarium commenced, with each song dedicated to a planet with projections to match on a huge orb above the stage. Plus, lots of laserrs. The evening ended with autotune/vocodered cover of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."

Planetarium continues tonight through Sunday (3/22 - 3/24) and Sunday is the only day there are still tickets available. You can't buy online but you can call the box office at 718.636.4100.

Meanwhile, Dessner's next BAM project is the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival in April.

More pics from last night's 'Planetarium' debut are below.

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Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens


Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

Planetarium - Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

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Comments (18)

Awesome photos, Amanda!

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2013 10:56 AM

this show was a fucking disaster.

total wank fest. don't waste your time or $ on this musical masturbatory experiment.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2013 11:05 AM

How long was the set and did it start at 8pm sharp?

Any people selling tixs outside?

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2013 11:10 AM

""#Planetarium brought the house down. The future is officially made of lights, lasers and projectors." - @BAM_Brooklyn"

Welcome to a Pink Floyd experience... 40+ years ago, ya supid cunt

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2013 11:16 AM

I love all the talent involved, but this piece was a mess - all glitz and no substance. Hope you like auto-tuned Sufjan because that's all that happens for the hour that the Planetarium goes for....which would be fine if there were even songs as close to Impossible Soul.

Unfortunately, there are barely any sort of "songs" or "melody", just wankstery noises and vibrations that don't take you all that far.

If I saw kids performing this in a High School Auditorium it would have felt appropriate, but it just felt silly at BAM with such talent - wish i could've walked out.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2013 11:37 AM

"wish i could've walked out."

@11:37, why didn't you?

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2013 11:38 AM

Wow, is it really that bad? I was looking forward to this show.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2013 12:04 PM

US debut. they toured it last year in europe and australia.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2013 12:23 PM

prog rock with lights and lazers and sufjans voice... well done...

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2013 12:23 PM

Agreed with a few others who said this was a full on piece of shit. Not good at all and i was predisposed to loving it. Very dissapointed,

11:10, there were a good number of people selling outside, I bought one in the front orchestra for less than face.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2013 2:35 PM

too bad you sat so close, you missed the full effects of the light show... and too bad you thought the show was a particle of fecal matter... knowing the people involved, what did you expect?

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2013 2:47 PM

The opening quartets were truly engaging, and often quite lovely.

Planetarium itself was fucking sick. Yes, Sufjan is autotuned/vocoded a bit too much for my taste, and it can be jarring at times, but when it works, which is often, the piece takes on a huge transcendance. The music overall was amazing, the sum of three great talents. With some tweaking, this piece could be a a new music classic.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2013 3:08 PM

^Give me a fucking break. So wrong and off the mark. Hate to echo others on this blog but that sounds so written by some pr person.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2013 3:15 PM

why the hate? it was a good show... sorry no one was dragging their knuckles around the stage and grunting for your entertainment....

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2013 3:20 PM

It's not hate, It's truth. Just because something is bad and people point that out does not mean it's hating. The show was not good. It was as someone pointed out above correctly "all glitz and no substance"

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2013 3:23 PM

went friday night. i have seen all of these musicians before, either in other collaborations or with their day job careers. i love them. was this the greatest performance by any of these people i've ever seen? FUCK. NO. was it worth $25? yes. the goddamn light show is worth $25. smoke a shitload of pot & go. it's not BMSR.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2013 12:04 PM

Seen SS many times. As a whole, this show is beautifully produced. Certain planets stuck in my head. Very catchy and feel good songs with much psychedelic "glitz' Does that mean that there is no substance? If you are looking for an esoteric intellectual exercise, this is not it, thank god. I found it one of the most entertaining things I have seen at BAM where I have seen hundreds of performances.

Posted by Jonny L | March 24, 2013 4:43 AM

First Miami kicks DJ Shadow off his decks, then they say Sufjan's set - which the rest of the WORLD has praise, sucks? Note to anyone who doesn't live in Miami: Don't go to Miami!

Posted by Hooter | March 25, 2013 4:41 PM

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