Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner, and James McAlister Announce “Planetarium” Shows

Planetarium Due Out June 9 via 4AD

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Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner (of The National), and James McAlister have all teamed up for a new collaborative album, Planetarium. They previously shared a song from it, "Saturn," via its video and yesterday they shared another song, "Mercury," via its lyric video. Now quartet have announced a handful of shows together. They go down this July in Paris, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, and Oakland. Check out the dates below, followed by "Mercury" again.

The project started several years ago when Dutch concert hall Muziekgebouw Eindhoven commissioned Muhly to compose a new piece and he asked his friends Stevens, Dessner, and McAlister to collaborate on it. Stevens and McAlister took the live recordings and adapted them into a studio recording. "We had recorded all the arrangements and the live parts in a studio after our last performance," said Stevens in a previous press release. "So years later when we all kind of settled down, we said, 'let's open Pandora's box.'"

The press release described the album as such: "Planetarium unites Stevens' vocals, McAlister's beats, Dessner's guitar performance, and Muhly's instrumental compositions-part rock odyssey, part electronic experiment, part classical opus.... Conceptually, Planetarium revolves around the cosmic ideas Stevens' lyrics explore: mythology, astrology, science, astronomy and the intricacies of human consciousness."

Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner, and James McAlister Planetarium Shows:

July 10 - Paris, FR - Philharmonie de Paris
July 18 - Brooklyn, NY - Celebrate Brooklyn! - Prospect Park
July 20 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Forever Cemetery
July 21 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater

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