Planetarium is the multi-media result of a collaboration between three really talented musician-composers Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly and Sufjan Stevens. I went to their last performance last night at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and was so happy to witness it.
Even though these three musicians are extremely successful in their own projects, it's great to see them caring to collaborate and create even bigger, more complex projects. You really heard their individual creative voices, and all of the lighting/film/lasers and all of that just enhanced the entire experience.
When I go to concerts I think a lot! It's fun, I get lots of ideas and get all excited by possibilities. Here are two, kind of obvious things that came to mind after the show last night. First off, the fact that I've been discovering that I'm a whole lot more interested in creating experiences with music rather than music with music. Does this make sense? Music for the sake of music is great, and I don't argue that there's a lot of great music out there that stands by itself, but I just feel drawn to and good at creating experiences that involve even more collaboration and experimentation. Planetarium is a great example of this.
And to finish on a really-positive-space-is-so-inspiring note, I had a funny thought at the end of the show and asked my boyfriend, "Has there ever been any art inspired by space that wasn't awesome?" Because I know I haven't seen any! I swear, there's something about space and the cosmic unknown that just humbles people and feeds imaginations. And I think that's a great place to be to make art- humbled and curious.