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Colin Stetson

Woodwind player Colin Stetson can play powerfully while circularly breathing for long periods, can draw multiphonics out of a sax with great skill, and can command an audience's attention with his focus and melodic improvisations.

Stetson was born and raised in Ann Arbor, MI, where he became proficient on assorted saxophones, clarinet, and flute. He earned a degree in music from his hometown school the University of Michigan in 1997, studying with Roscoe Mitchell, Donald Sinta, and Christopher Creviston; afterward, he went on to study with Steve Adams and Henry Threadgill as well. While still in college, he co-founded Transmission (which later became Transmission Trio), and in 1998 he played with progressive Detroit-area jazz-rockers Larval on their Knitting Factory album Larval 2.

He moved to the San Francisco Bay Area that summer along with the rest of Transmission, which released its first album in 1999. Stetson also branched out to play live with the likes of Fred Frith, Peter Kowald, Ned Rothenberg, and Kenny Wollesen, and kept up his Detroit/Ann Arbor connections as well. Before moving west, he had played on his friend Recloose's debut EP for Planet E, and their collaborations continued over the years, culminating in the DJ's acclaimed full-length Cardiology in 2002. Also that year, Tom Waits tapped Stetson for reed work on his Alice and Blood Money albums, which led to significant exposure and a live performance on David Letterman. His most recent appearance with Waits has been on the soundtrack to the animated feature Shrek 2.

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Upcoming Shows

Date Detail Price
Aug9Fri
Colin Stetson
Fasching
Stockholm, Sweden
Oct30Wed
Colin Stetson
The Round Chapel
London, UK

Discography

 

New History Warfare...

Not On Label (Colin Hunter Self-released)
2013

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Stones

Not On Label (Colin Hunter Self-released)
2012

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Big Orange Studios...

Not On Label (Colin Hunter Self-released)
2011

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Those Who Didn't Run

Not On Label (Colin Hunter Self-released)
2011

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New History Warfare...

Not On Label (Colin Hunter Self-released)
2011

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New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges

New History Warfare...

Constellation
2011

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