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Sufjan Stevens

Sufjan setting up before his first performance at Calvin College on March 30, 2007.

 

Sufjan Stevens was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in the chilly upper reaches of the Lower Peninsula. A self-taught musician, the young Sufjan pounded out elaborate Mozartian sonatas on a toy Casio, and by college became proficient on the oboe, recorder, banjo, guitar, vibraphone, bass, drums, piano, and other instruments. During his last semester in college, Sufjan pruned, picked, and assembled a selection of songs to produce the inaugural release A Sun Came on Asthmatic Kitty Records, a home label Sufjan initiated with his step-dad Lowell. One move to New York City and one masters degree in writing later, Sufjan is has summed up two United States in song with Greetings from Michigan and Illinois and continues to spin audible tales while touring the nation.Sufjan Stevens was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in the chilly upper reaches of the Lower Peninsula. A self-taught musician, the young Sufjan pounded out elaborate Mozartian sonatas on a toy Casio, and by college became proficient on the oboe, recorder, banjo, guitar, vibraphone, bass, drums, piano, and other instruments. During his last semester in college, Sufjan pruned, picked, and assembled a selection of songs to produce the inaugural release A Sun Came on Asthmatic Kitty Records, a home label Sufjan initiated with his step-dad Lowell. One move to New York City and one masters degree in writing later, Sufjan is has summed up two United States in song with Greetings from Michigan and Illinois and continues to spin audible tales while touring the nation.

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Taken on March 30, 2007