Colin Stetson + Tyshawn Sorey

with Sarah Neufeld

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Saxophonist Colin Stetson and percussionist Tyshawn Sorey push the boundaries of convention to produce musical complexities that border on the unreal. Each performing a set of their own works, Sorey and Stetson use extraordinary techniques to take their instruments into uncharted territory, creating music that exists in a cross-genre realm, drawing from jazz, classical, and pop with equal measure.

Special guest Sarah Neufeld, of Arcade Fire and Bell Orchestre, opens with a set of her own investigations into solo violin.

Argeo Ascani

Colin Stetson was born and raised in Ann Arbor, MI and earned a degree in music from the University of Michigan. Six years in San Francisco followed, then another four in Brooklyn. During this time, he developed his unique solo voice on saxophones and clarinets, culminating in the release of the album New History Warfare Vol. 1 in 2008. His latest solo record, New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges, was released in 2011.

Stetson has worked with dozens of artists, including Tom Waits, Arcade Fire, TV on the Radio, Feist, Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, David Byrne, Jolie Holland, Sinead O’Connor, LCD Soundsystem, The National, Angelique Kidjo, and Anthony Braxton. He is a current member of the band Bon Iver, which will be touring in 2011 in support of their new record.

Stetson resides in Montreal and performs regularly on assorted saxophones, clarinets, cornet, French horn, and flute.

Tyshawn Sorey is an active composer, performer, educator, and scholar who works across an extensive range of musical idioms. As a percussionist, trombonist, and pianist, Sorey has performed and/or recorded with his own ensembles and with those led by Muhal Richard Abrams, Steve Coleman, Johannes Lauer, Butch Morris, Michele Rosewoman, Werner Klausnitzer, Steve Lehman, J.D. Allen, Wadada Leo Smith, Vijay Iyer, Angelika Niescier, Dave Douglas, Samuel Blaser, Billy Bang, Peter Evans, and Ellery Eskelin, among many others. Sorey’s releases, That/Not (2007) and Koan (2009), have received critical acclaim, landing on several year-end lists.

Vancouver Island, BC, native Sarah Neufeld began playing the violin at the age of three. Her musical pursuits led her to Montreal in 1998, where she resides to this day. She is best known as a member of the indie rock phenomenon Arcade Fire, as well as instrumental post-rock ensemble, Bell Orchestre. With these bands, she has received five Juno awards, two Brit awards, Canada’s Polaris Music Prize, and a Grammy for Album of the Year. Other projects include collaborations with Montreal bands the Luyas, Snailhouse, and Esmerine, and most recently, a body of music for solo violin that was recently featured in a short film by Jason Last for Italian Vogue, Scalpel/Stradivarius.

Colin Stetson + Tyshawn Sorey
Studio 2
April 5, 2012, 7:30PM
In Depth

EMPAC 2011-2012 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts (with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust), and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks to the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for support of artist commissions.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
NEFA - New England Foundation for the Arts
State of the Arts - NYSCA