Published Aug 08, 2011Though Sufjan Stevens fans shouldn't be holding their breath for the beloved orchestral pop icon to drop any more state-themed albums in the near future, they will be glad to know that the musician is already in the planning stages for a new piece of music, specifically a song cycle composed for trombones and strings.
Pitchfork reports that the piece, which was commissioned by Dutch concert hall Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, will be a joint effort between Stevens, sometimes collaborator and National guitarist Bryce Dessner, and avant-garde composer Nico Muhly. The song cycle, which will be arranged for seven trombones and a string quartet, will be performed April 7, 2012. If you haven't booked any vacation time for next year, maybe plan ahead?
With so much time before the actually event, it remains unclear if any of the musicians will be decked out in Stevens's patented wings ensemble.