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The only activity I enjoy more than going to live concerts is taking a roadtrip to see and hear live music out-of-town. Much time has passed since I’ve done both, so I was totally due for a last-minute, mini-roadtrip. Tonight, Sufjan Stevens will play the magnificent Massey Hall and Toronto, with singer-songwriter/visual artist DM Stith opening.
My grandfather used to say that “it’s all in the anticipation.” That’s only 90% true. The 10% comprising what actually happens, and how that does or does not live up to said anticipation–well, that’s pretty important too. I’ve attended a show at Massey Hall before (the incomparable Sigur Ros), but I’ve never seen an official Stevens show. I’m pretty sure a screening of The BQE hosted by Stevens himself doesn’t count, I don’t think.
Anyway, a review is definitely forthcoming. I’m looking forward to it, and I hope you are too. I won’t go into the details of Stevens’s career or why the gig is special right now, but I’ll hash it out in the upcoming post.
As a really intriguing sidenote, Osso’s 2009 debut release Run Rabbit Run–a collaborative reworking of Stevens’s electronic cycle Enjoy Your Rabbit for string quartet–has become ballet music. Specifically, the New York City Choreographic Institute (co-founded by New York City Ballet’s Peter Martins) will present a new Justin Peck Ballet at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre in November. That’s remarkable news, and I just might have to find my way down there for that. Further proof that great art is great art, no matter what label, genre, or time period it which it finds itself encased. The glass will be broken sooner or later, and there’s no telling what will happen once the priceless piece gets into the hands of the public at large (metaphorically of course-no actual theft is being advocated here).
Once again, Pitchfork has proven itself to be an excellent source for independent music news, even if I don’t always agree with their reviewers.
Also, I wrote a feature story for The Brooklyn Rail last year about Osso’s album Run Rabbit Run and what the whole creation process was like. You can find that article, “Rabbit REDUX: The Music of Sufjan Stevens for String Quartet” here.
Catch you all after the Toronto gig.