04.22.2014

WHO IS COLIN STETSON??

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Colin Stetson could destroy Kenny G in a circular breathing competition. Meet the man behind the puffy cheeks before he performs at the ‘Sco on 4/24 at 10PM.

Colin Stetson:

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“Think of Colin Stetson as the Neil deGrasse Tyson of the avant-garde saxophone world: a brilliant adept in a rigorous, esoteric science, but also an adroit communicator with an uncommon knack for making the arcana of his field accessible to the layman.”

- NY TIMES

Some Things to Know About Colin Stetson:

-Practices a strict fitness regimen in order to shred the sax

-One of Stetson’s saxophones is 103 years old

-Has performed with Tom Waits, Bon Iver, Laurie Anderson, Arcade Fire, LCD Soundsystem, David Byrne, Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Colin Stetson is just one dude but what a dude he is! Sometimes, he sounds like he is ten different dudes, employing his artillery of way cool techniques and closet full of clarinets, saxophones and other brass instruments I cannot identify. They are often HUGE. Stetson is a champ at circular breathing (you know, that thing when musicians breath continuously while playing — none of that gasping for air BS), manipulating his various instruments to create loops with pedals, harmonies by singing through the brass and rhythm by tapping his keys. Sometimes he keeps it way minimal, dragging out a loooooong note. His style of music has been described as a cross between gospel, drone, dark metal, jazz + pop. Stetson has been nominated for a Canadian Polaris award (sort of a Canadian Grammy).

Colin Stetson will perform at the ‘Sco on Thursday, April 24th at 10PM with Lituya Bay

$2 OCID // $8 W.O

Tickets at Wilder Desk + etix.com

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1 comment to WHO IS COLIN STETSON??

  • Dan

    Good to read more about Stetson, though I don’t know about saying he uses pedals – there was a point of not using one on many of his albums and having seen him live, he doesn’t use them there – I believe that’s partly the point. Sorry to be a pedant and more sorry if I am wrong, but think that is the case.

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