Colin Stetson


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About Colin Stetson

There are many great saxophonists in jazz and free improvisation, but a select few are noted for displays of unusual techniques: Rahsaan Roland Kirk, John Zorn, Roscoe Mitchell, and also Colin Stetson. After studying under Mitchell, Stetson went on to become skilled at circular breathing, which enables him to play for long stretches without pausing for breath, and adept at multiphonics. Live, he commands an audience's attention with his focus, canny rhythmic sensibility, and tonally expansive harmonics that do not include digital delay or overdubs of any kind. He's worked with everyone from Arcade Fire and Tom Waits to Anthony Braxton and Bon Iver, and has also scored a number of films, including horror offerings Hereditary in 2018, Color Out of Space in 2020, and The Menu in 2022.

Ann Arbor, MI, United States
March 3, 1975
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