American saxophone player
Musician Saxophonist Hornist
United States of America
1 January 1977, Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Michigan, U.S.A.
Colin Stetson is an American saxophonist and multireedist. He is best known as a regular collaborator of the indie rock acts Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, and Bell Orchestre. In addition to saxophone, he plays clarinet, bass clarinet, French horn, flute, and cornet.
Stetson has released a trilogy of solo releases, entitled New History Warfare, a collaborative studio album with violinist Sarah Neufeld, entitled Never Were the Way She Was (2015) and Sorrow, a “reimagining” of Górecki’s 3rd symphony (2016).
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BackgroundSolo careerScore workDiscographySolo albums/As leaderCollaborations with other artistsAs sideman
Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and currently based in Montreal, Quebec, Stetson attended the University of Michigan School of Music, where he joined Transmission Trio. He also played with the groups Boostamonte and the People’s Bizarre.
Stetson has performed and recorded with dozens of artists, including Tom Waits, Arcade Fire, TV on the Radio, Feist, Bon Iver, My Brightest Diamond, Laurie Anderson, David Byrne, Jolie Holland, Sinéad O’Connor, LCD Soundsystem, The Chemical Brothers, Animal Collective, The National, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Angélique Kidjo, Kevin Devine, Beanie Burnett, BADBADNOTGOOD, and Anthony Braxton.
His extended saxophone techniques cover advanced circular breathing, multiphonics, altissimo, microtones, (reed) vocalisations, percussive valve-work, clicking keys, and growling.
His first solo album, New History Warfare, Vol. 1, was released in 2008. His second album, New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges, was released by Constellation Records in early 2011. On June 16, the album was named as a longlisted nominee (one of 40) for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize. On July 6, the album was named as a shortlisted (one of 10) nominee for the 2011 award. Stetson was chosen by Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel to perform at the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival that he curated in December 2011 in Minehead, England.
The final album of the trilogy, New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light, was released by Constellation Records in April 2013, and was a longlist nominee for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize.
Colin Stetson’s most recent album, All This I Do for Glory, was released on April 28, 2017.
Stetson and regular collaborator Sarah Neufeld composed the score to the 2013 film Blue Caprice and the 2016 film Outlaws and Angels.
Solo albums/As leader
Tiny Beast (2003) with Transmission Trio
Slow Descent (2003)
New History Warfare Vol. 1 (2007)
Righteous Wrath 7″ (2010)
New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges (2011)
Those Who Didn’t Run EP (2011)
New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light (2013)
Sorrow: A Reimagining of Gorecki’s 3rd Symphony (2016)
All This I Do For Glory (2017)
Collaborations with other artists
Stones (2012) with Mats Gustafsson
Never Were the Way She Was (2015) with Sarah Neufeld
With Animal Collective
Painting With (2016)
With Arcade Fire:
Neon Bible (2007)
The Suburbs (2010)
With Bon Iver
Bon Iver, Bon Iver (2011)
22, A Million (2016)
With David Gilmour
Rattle That Lock (2015)
La Lechuza (2011)
With Jolie Holland
The Living and the Dead (2008)
With Sarah Neufeld
The Ridge (2016)
With Timber Timbre
Creep On Creepin’ On (2011)
“Hot Dreams” (2014)
With Tom Waits
Blood Money (2002)
Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards (2006)
With TV on the Radio
Dear Science (2008)