British newspaper The Independent was knocked out after a Colin Stetson gig at the Jazz Cafe in London a few years back. The preamble to the review read: “his technical knowledge is colossal – this man is an orchestra”. It was hardly after an unusually successful gig: that’s how it usually looks in the papers after a Colin Stetson concert.
Other musicians have also discovered his unique sound and it says a lot that sound virtuosos such as Laurie Anderson, Tom Waits, Arcade Fire and Bon Iver have chosen to collaborate with him. On his own, he has interpreted Henryk Gorecki’s magical Third Symphony and released a long series of records that received the highest ratings.
With his bass saxophone, he creates soundscapes that are both rhythmically elegant and melodically darkly evocative. With advanced microphone array and circular breathing, Stetson creates sound mats that are equal parts drone, minimalism and jazz. Yes, and so little influences from electronica.
Colin Stetson is also the man behind the music for the film Hereditary. Now he comes to Fasching to play selected pieces from the horror film.