Double bassist Eric Steffens, along with other Eastman School of Music students, recently transcribed and performed the entire “Illinois” album by Sufjan Stevens. This is a great album with dense orchestral textures, and the detail with which Eric and company recreate this album is stunning. I can’t imagine the hours involved in such a task–Eric mentioned to me that they were working on it for six months!
Here is a clip of them performing “Chicago”. Eric is playing the upright bass on the left:
Check out Eric’s blog for more information on him and his upcoming semester studying abroad in Vienna.