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Sufjan Stevens @ Brooklyn Academy of Music

What does a Hula Hoop have to do with a crowded urban expressway? Much like the automobile, the hoop relies on the basic laws of physics administrated by the simple machine of the wheel, the greatest of human inventions. Notably, there are no macroscopic wheels to be found in animals or plants. It is a purely human construction. And yet the wheel has come to symbolize spiritual transcendence, reincarnation, yin and yang, Chakra, the wheel of life, the calendar, the seasons, astrology, and divinity. We are contained by the rotations of the planets and moons around the sun; we are all cosmically connected by vast circular motions in the solar system. Is it no wonder, then, that this geometric phenomenon has been appropriated both for the modern convenience of the automobile and for the amusement proffered by a plastic toy? [Sufjan Stevens (PDF)]

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Sufjan Stevens @ Brooklyn Academy of Music

Music and film by Sufjan Stevens
Cinematography Reuben Kleiner and Sufjan Stevens
Editors Malcolm Hearn, Reuben Kleiner, and Sufjan Stevens
Conductor Michael Atkinson
Audio engineer Christopher Colbert
Projectionist and video artist Deborah Johnson
Costume design Caroline McAlister
Lighting design and engineer Alban Sardzinski
Production manager Lisa Moran
Production stage manager Mary Susan Gregson

Sufjan Stevens @ Brooklyn Academy of Music

Casey Foubert electric guitar, bass, vocals
Yuuki Matthews electric bass, vocals
James McAlister drums and percussion
Sufjan Stevens piano, guitar, banjo, celesta
Shara Worden vocals, celesta, guitar

Sufjan Stevens @ Brooklyn Academy of Music

Corrina Albright viola
Tim Albright trombone
Pico Alt violin
Hideaki Aomori clarinet
Michael Atkinson horn
Kiku Enomoto violin
Mat Fields bass
Josh Frank trumpet
Alan Hampton bass
Marla Hansen viola
Jay Hassler clarinet
Maria Jeffers cello
Benjamin Lanz trombone
Olivier Manchon violin
Rob Moose violin
Sato Moughalian flute

Sufjan Stevens @ Brooklyn Academy of Music

Beth Meyers viola
Matt Moran percussion
Jane O’Hara cello
Suzy Perelman violin
Damian Primis bassoon
Theodore Primis horn
Jody Redhage cello
Kyle Resnick trumpet
Hiroko Taguchi violin
Arthur Sato oboe
Miranda Sielaff viola
Alex Sopp flute
Leigh Stuart cello
Naho Tsutsuo violin
Amie Weiss violin

Sufjan Stevens @ Brooklyn Academy of Music

Elaine Tian
Lindsay Brickel
Anastasia-Dyan Pridlides
Stefan Pildes
Matthew Krueger

Sufjan Stevens @ Brooklyn Academy of Music

Sufjan Stevens performed the first of his three “BQE” shows at the Brooklyn Academy of Music last night (November 1st). Two more shows to go. Photos in this post by Lawrence Fung.

Sufjan & orchestra also previewed some of the material on WNYC.

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