SUFJAN STEVENS TO PLAY COACHELLA, SASQUATCH, PITCHFORK, PANORAMA, OUTSIDE LANDS AND MORE THIS SUMMER
HEADLINING RED ROCKS JULY 18
CARRIE & LOWELL CONTINUES TO RECEIVE UNIVERSAL CRITICAL ACCLAIM
Sufjan Stevens will bring his highly-acclaimed live show, which NPR calls “a life-changing performance,” to festivals nationwide this spring and summer including Coachella, Sasquatch, Boston Calling, Pitchfork Music Festival, Panorama and Outside Lands, in addition to a headline date at Colorado’s famed Red Rocks Amphitheater and more shows to be announced.
Stevens’ widely-celebrated Carrie & Lowell, released last year on his own Asthmatic Kitty, continues to receive universal critical acclaim. Since the album’s release last year, Stevens has twice toured the U.S., selling out venues nationwide to rave reviews.
Carrie & Lowell continues to receive universal acclaim:
“I think it’s safe to say that Sufjan Stevens is one of the most prolific and absolutely gifted American songwriters of the 21st century.”
“…a life-changing performance—one we’ll all remember for many years.” —NPR
“Sufjan Stevens’ new album, Carrie & Lowell, is his best…it feels like his most classic and pure effort…a masterpiece” —Pitchfork, 9.3/10 Best New Music
“…his most gorgeous effort to date—a dauntlessly intimate song cycle that wrestles with the specters of abandonment and disconnection, all inside transcendent electro-meets-acoustic pop arrangements” –The New York Times
“Stevens remains at the height of his powers—capable of work as individual, compassionate and powerful as any American composer working today.” –The Washington Post
“…as always, Stevens deals with the complicated subject matter with literary aplomb and musical finesse.” –The Wall Street Journal
“Ranging from moments of quavering delicacy to ones of digitally enhanced clamor, the performance was both as intimate and as splendid as any high Mass.” –The Boston Globe
“Stevens gave us a fearless, open-handed new look at the impossible soul guiding one of the greatest songwriters of our time.” –KEXP
“…impossibly pretty…Even when Stevens goes all happy memories and gentle melodies on the title track and "Eugene," you'll be holding back tears.” –Rolling Stone
“A sonically rich, immersive experience… A drag? Perhaps, but glorious doomsaying nonetheless.” –Essential albums of 2015, Los Angeles Times
“The best is not behind Sufjan Stevens. He has never been better than this…” –#1 Best Album of 2015 So Far, Stereogum
“…a fall down gorgeous and emotionally devastating masterpiece…it features some of the most beautiful music eve made about loss, and some of the most direct explorations of death ever recorded.” —Best Albums of 2015, Dave Eggers, The Guardian
Carrie & Lowell debuted at #6 on the Billboard 200, selling 50,538 albums in its first week and marking Stevens’ highest chart debut to date. Further, the album reached #1 on the Billboard Internet, Independent, Folk, Vinyl and Alternative Core charts, #2 on the Billboard Current Alternative chart and #5 on the Billboard Digital chart.
The LP was recorded by Stevens alongside Casey Foubert, Laura Veirs, Nedelle Torrisi, Sean Carey, Ben Lester and Thomas Bartlett and mixed by Stevens, Bartlett and Pat Dillet. Thematically the 11 songs address life and death, love and loss, and the artist’s struggle to make sense of the beauty and ugliness of love. The album is named for Stevens’ mother and stepfather and is a return to Stevens’ folk roots.
A singer-songwriter currently living in Brooklyn, NY, Stevens’ preoccupation with epic concepts has motivated two state records (Michigan & Illinois), a collection of sacred and biblical songs (Seven Swans), an electronic album for the animals of the Chinese zodiac (Enjoy Your Rabbit), two Christmas box sets (Songs for Christmas, vol. 1-5 and Silver & Gold, vol. 6-10), and a BAM-commissioned programmatic tone poem for the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (The BQE). In 2010 Stevens released an expansive EP (All Delighted People) and the full length The Age of Adz, a collection of songs partly inspired by the outsider artist Royal Robertson.
Stevens has collaborated with New York City Ballet choreographer and dancer Justin Peck on Year of the Rabbit, a modern dance program set to a classical orchestration of his album Enjoy Your Rabbit and an original orchestral score commissioned for Peck’s ballet Everywhere We Go. Stevens’ second BAM commission Round-Up, an instrumental accompaniment to slow-motion rodeo footage, premiered at BAM’s Harvey Theater in 2015.
For more information, please contact Krista Williams, Reid Kutrow or Carla Sacks at Sacks & Co., 212.741.1000.
SUFJAN STEVENS LIVE
April 15-17 /// Indio, CA /// Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
May 27-30 /// George, WA /// Sasquatch Music Festival
May 27-29 /// Boston, MA /// Boston Calling
July 16 /// Chicago, IL /// Pitchfork Music Festival
July 18 /// Morrison, CO /// Red Rocks Amphitheatre
July 22 /// Vienna, VA/// Filene Center at Wolf Trap
July 23 /// New York, NY /// Panorama Music Festival
August 5-7 /// San Francisco, CA /// Outside Lands Music Festival