Remember when Sufjan Stevens vowed to make an album about each of the union’s 50 states? Ultimately he got stuck somewhere around the Great Lakes, only making it as far as Michigan and Illinois, but the grand ambition of the project was enough to convince us of his love for Americana in all forms. Tonight, the indie singer-songwriter-composer serenades another U.S. tradition: the rodeo. In “Round-Up,” a new multimedia performance commissioned by BAM, Stevens presents an electronic score about the bull-wrangling American phenomenon with members of the Yarn/Wire ensemble on percussion and piano. A film by Alex and Aaron Craig, composed of footage from Oregon’s 2013 Pendleton Round-Up, will provide the appropriate atmosphere.
Jan. 20-25, 7:30 p.m., 2015
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 14, 2015