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more photos & reports from Sufjan Steven’s BQE

Sufjan Stevens @ BAM – Nov 2, 2007 (CRED)
Sufjan Stevens @ BAM

The first set of pictures was pretty limited, so here’s some more….

Sufjan Stevens @ BAM

Yesterday at 9am I decided to call BAM to see if any tickets were released for Sufjan Stevens’ “The BQE” world premiere; 2 seats were available, 10th row orchestra, middle. Without hesitation, I grabbed them and called Chris to tell him we were taking a 2 hour break from Savory to get cultured. [Savory Tidbits]

Sufjan Stevens @ BAM

And (I didn’t realize this going into the show), Sufjan also shot all the film that accompanies the music. Dude’s got game for real. The film was beautifully shot on 8mm film, then either slowed or accelerated to match the musical pace. The footage was shot either on or around the BQE, and wonderfully illustrated the dichotomy of the BQE’s sheer ugliness as a road with the beauty and color of the neighborhoods and scenery it runs through. Lots of great traffic shots, pans through little neighborhoods, landscapes. It was just gorgeous footage. [ThePunkGuy]

Sufjan Stevens @ BAM

Following intermission, Sufjan played most of his well-known pieces with perfection and beauty. Many of the songs were reworked with revised melodies or longer endings. After the show, I felt somewhat guilty getting in my car and heading back to the West Village across the Manhattan Bridge. But as I approached the on-ramp, I looked up to see signs for the BQE and just smiled. [Crackers United]

Sufjan Stevens @ BAM

Sufjan performs BAM again tonight and tomorrow. Check out the first post for more pictures and lots of comments. All photos in this post by metrolens.

Sufjan Stevens – 2008 Australian Tour Dates
Thursday 10 January @ The Tivoli, Brisbane
Saturday 12 January @ State Theatre – Sydney Festival
Sunday 13 January @ State Theatre – Sydney Festival
Monday 14 January @ State Theatre – Sydney Festival
Wednesday 16 January @ The Forum, Melbourne

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