Three instrumentalists from different but related musical communities step out of the band atmosphere to present their solo compositions for this very special “Alone Together” tour.Each artist will perform solo on their respective instrument, exploring a variety of different compositional approaches. Colin Stetson (Bon Iver/Tom Waits/Laurie Anderson) will perform his spellbinding bass saxophone solo work, Sarah Neufeld (Arcade Fire/Bell Orchestre) will present her unique and vibrant solo violin pieces, and Gregory Rogove (Devendra Banhart/Megapuss/Priestbird) will play his minimalist, solo piano pieces, from his recently released PIANA album (Knitting Factory Records).
Colin Stetson is a horn player of uncommon strength, skill and genre-defying creativity. He composes and performs otherworldly songs that combine a mastery of circular breathing technique with percussive valve-work and reed vocalisations, making a polyphonic solo music that combines influences as diverse as Bach, early metal, American pre-war Gospel, and the explorations of Jimi Hendrix, Peter Brotzman and Albert Ayler.
New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges is Stetson’s second solo record and his first for Constellation. Colin has been making his mark as a staggering solo performer for several years now, in front of audiences small and large, from intimate jazz and experimental music venues to big stages, whether opening for Arcade Fire or The National, or playing at jazz and new music festivals like Moers and London Jazz. His talents have been widely recognised and employed by artists as diverse as Tom Waits, Laurie Anderson, TV On The Radio and Bon Iver. Colin also plays in Belle Orchestre and Sway Machinery.
The music on New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges was captured entirely live in single takes at Montréal’s Hotel2Tango studio, with no overdubs or looping, using over 20 mics positioned close and far throughout the live room. Guest vocals by Laurie Anderson and Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) are the only exceptions to this rule, along with one brief french horn that was multi-tracked.
The Judges sessions were co-produced by Stetson and Shahzad Ismaily and engineered by Efrim Menuck at the Hotel2Tango, then taken to Greenhouse StudiosBen Frost.
The result is a highly original, experimental, euphoric record that fires on all levels: a document of an astoundingly strong and gifted player; a compositional tour-de-force; and a studio production bursting with intensity and inventiveness.
3/23 – Motorco Music Hall – Durham, NC *
3/30 – The Grad Club – Kingston, ON #
3/31 – Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics – Waterloo, ON #@
4/1 – Big Orbit’s Soundlab – Buffalo, NY #
4/3 – Glasslands – Brooklyn, NY #!
4/4 – Hampshire College – Amherst, MA #
4/5 – The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Polytechnic Institute (Mike Lazaridis Theatre of Ideas)
– Troy, NY #$
Alone Together Tour
4/28 – Dilettante – Los Angeles, CA
5/1 – Hotel Utah – San Francisco, CA
5/3 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR
5/4 – Columbia City Theatre – Seattle, WA
5/5 – Western Front – Vancouver, BC
5/6 – Western Front – Vancouver, BC
* with Tyondai Braxton
# with Sarah Neufeld
@ with Debashis Sinha! with Lone Wolf & Cub
$ with Tyshawn Sorey