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Carrie & Lowell Live

by Sufjan Stevens

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    Side A: Blue Bucket of Gold (with outro)
    Side B: Hotline Bling
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Watch the video here: vimeo.com/215185438

Asthmatic Kitty Records is pleased to announce Carrie & Lowell Live, an audio and visual document of Sufjan’s November 9, 2015 performance at North Charleston Performing Arts Center in South Carolina. It is available on YouTube and Vimeo and as an audio download (and streaming) on most digital platforms starting April 28, 2017.

Released in March 2015, Carrie & Lowell is perhaps Sufjan’s bleakest album, tracing the songwriter’s struggle with grief and depression following the sudden death of his mother. To promote the album, Sufjan set out on an extensive worldwide tour, playing almost 100 concerts performing almost exclusively songs from the new record.

The show, which was designed by Marc Janowitz, incorporated an expansive lighting display and cathedral-like LED columns featuring home videos shot by Sufjan’s maternal grandfather, Nick Marabeas. Much of this vintage footage highlights family birthdays, graduations, and weddings of Carrie and her siblings from the late 1940s through the early 1970s, lending the performances the emotional arc of a memorial, celebrating Carrie’s life and meditating on her death with a sweeping transcendence that gave testament to Sufjan’s central thesis of mourning: that in spite of death, we must go on living in fullness and joy.

The live show featured many new interpretations, re-workings and expansions of the songs from Carrie & Lowell, itself a spare album. On stage, acoustic guitars, ukuleles, and piano were augmented by drums and percussion, electronics, and a motley of synthesizers to create an expansive sonic environment that moved from intimate to psychedelic without sacrificing the solemn nature of the material.

Carrie & Lowell Live captures Sufjan at his most vulnerable and persuasive, and it features a proficient, multiple-instrumentalist crew of musicians, including Dawn Landes (vocals, guitar, guitalin, piano, synthesizer, vocoder, percussion), Casey Foubert (vocals, guitar, lap steel, bass, piano, ukulele, synthesizer), Steve Moore (vocals, synthesizer, bass synth, trombone, Casiotone, piano) and James McAlister (drums, percussion, electronics, synthesizer, piano). The live show ends with an expansive 12-minute improvisational jam that looks (and feels) like nothing less than a born-again experience.

Carrie & Lowell Live was shot and produced by We Are Films, edited by Keith Bradshaw and Deborah Johnson, mixed by Casey Foubert, and mastered by TW Walsh.

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released April 28, 2017

Performed live at:
The North Charleston Performing Arts Center
Charleston, South Carolina
November 9, 2015

Performed by:
Casey Foubert
Dawn Landes
James McAlister
Steve Moore
Sufjan Stevens

Featuring
Gallant
Performing “Hotline Bling”
"Hotline Bling" by Aubrey Graham, Timmy Thomas, Paul Jeffries. Published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC.

Filmed by
We Are Films
Aaron Craig & Alex Craig - Director of Photography
Camera operators - Keith Bradshaw etc.

Produced by Sufjan Stevens
Co-Produced by Lisa Moran, Aaron Craig, and Alex Craig

Set, Stage, and Lighting Designer - Marc Janowitz
Lighting & Video Designer - Jason Rothberg
Video Designer - Josh Higgason
Sound Engineer - Brenndan McGuire
Monitor Engineer - Stu Tenold
Instrument Technician - Mikey Loy
Video Technician - Dan Gentile
Merchandise Manager - Max Goldblatt
Booking Agent - Ali Hedrick / Billions Corporation
Business Manager - Mark Kaplan / Mejia & Kaplan, LLP
Tour Manager - Michael Schoenbeck
Artist Manager - Lisa Moran / The Art Counsel

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Sufjan Stevens is a singer-songwriter living in New York City.

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