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Clogs, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Shara Worden & Sufjan Stevens played Merkin Concert Hall (pics & setlist)

photos by David Andrako

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Sufjan did not disappoint us. He came, he played banjo and sang We Were Here, acting in his self-effacing way just any other hired musician. It was a wonderful moment and a delightful surprise. But I don’t want to sell Clogs short. The concert was delightful even before Sufjan arrived onstage.

Clogs put on a beautiful show as part of the excellent Ecstatic Music Festival. Wonderfully quirky vocalist Shara Worden, in an extremely colorful ensemble, joined Clogs to sing and play some guitar on several tunes from the latest Clogs album, The Creatures in the Garden of Lady Walton, on which she appears. The band also did some older tunes and a new song cycle, called Unattended Shadow, by the band’s violist, Padma Newsome. (Clogs’ lineup is rounded out by Rachael Elliott on bassoon and Thomas Kozumplik on percussion.)

One of the real treats of the evening, though, was the band’s interaction with the fabulous Brooklyn Youth Chorus. They performed guitarist Bryce Dessner‘s new Tour Eiffel, which was premiered at the Nico Muhly Tell the Way show at St. Ann’s Warehouse early in February.”
[Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone]

More pictures from the Saturday show, and the full setlist, below…

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Setlist:
Padma Newsome – Cocodillo
Newsome – On The Edge
Newsome/Clogs – 2:3:5
Newsome/Clogs – Voisins
Bryce Dessner – Tour Eiffel text: Vincente Huidobro
Newsome – Adages of Cleansing
Newsome – Unattended Shadow
1. Unattended Shadow (text: Susannah Keebler)
2. It goes right through (text: Padma Newsome)
3. Dog Pooh Corner in Seattle (text: Padma Newsome)
Newsome/Clogs – 5/4
Newsome – We Were Here w/ Sufjan Steens
Newsome/Clogs – Compass

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