In April, I bought my tickets for Sufjan Stevens’ concert in Luxembourg. Ever since, I have been waiting impatiently for this night.
I first discovered Sufjan Stevens 6 years ago when I heard “Chicago” for the very first time. There is just something about his soft and broken voice. And his songs are so intimate and personal and yet you can relate to them. They are beautifully written, like poems. Sufjan Stevens is definitely a real artist and a very intriguing person. Oh boy, the concert was MAGIC. It was in the Grand Théâtre of Luxembourg, an odd choice for a concert, or so I thought at first. I have been there so many times, for musicals and plays and even an opera. But never for a concert. Austra opened the show. They were interesting but a band where you needed to shake your hips, which is difficult when you are sitting. Then we were in a 2-hour trance during Sufjan Stevens’s time on stage. His voice, the music, the band, the emotions and the whole visual art! It was as if we were in some other place, some sacred place that only we shared during those 120 minutes. The first 90 minutes they played all the songs from Carrie And Lowell, but with a twist: they added a lot of synthetic materiel to his usually folkloric songs. It was interesting. Then they gave as an encore of 5 songs from his older albums. Of course, he ended with an acoustic version of Chicago. That must have been my favorite part.
It was such an intense and beautiful moment. One I’ll remember for a very long time.