Sunday, June 7, 2009

Colin Stetson @ Abrons Art Center Recital Space 6/5/09

This was a double-header, but they both deserve their own posts. I don't know if I've ever seen him before, but I don't think so. He was awesome. I'm very impressed that a reed player does solo gigs. You could tell after each piece how physically difficult they are. He's very creative and talented and awesome. He did pieces on the alto sax, bass sax, and clarinet. They were all just fantastic. He said he just back from touring supporting The National.

They did a better job of describing him in the listing:

Both sonically vast and melodically accessible, Colin Stetson is an absolute master of the saxophone. Stetson's compositions and ability to tell a musical story are what makes him an innovative musician. Alex Green of Caught in the Carousel has deemed Stetson "the Roger Federer of avant garde instrumental music." Aside from his work as a soloist, Stetson has brought his unique voice on winds and brass to stage and studio with dozens of artists, including Tom Waits, Arcade Fire, TV on the Radio, Antibalas Orchestra, Medeski Martin and Wood, Sinead O'Connor, LCD Soundsystem, and Anthony Braxton.

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