COLIN STETSON / MATS GUSTAFSSON
SUNDAY MAY 22
8 PM - $ 36
Colin Stetson : saxophones basse et alto
Mats Gustafsson : saxophone baryton, flûte, électroniques
Two giants of the saxophone will be sharing the stage, combining their diametrically opposed yet fully complementary approaches.
COLIN STETSON has developed a highly original technique on bass saxophone where he subvocalizes while playing his instrument (his voice being amplified by a transducer). In solo settings, he favours long, multiphonic, loop-like notes that weave incredible ambiences. With other musicians, he can turn feverish and hard-hitting, as our audience heard in 2017 with the performance of his band Ex Eye.
In this 21st century, MATS GUSTAFSSON’s name has become almost synonymous with Fire Music, a form of high-octane free jazz. It is no surprise that his first appearance in Victoriaville was in a Peter Brötzmann-led project. Or that we brought him back regularly since, including for two concerts in 2018.
STETSON and GUSTAFSSON played as a duo for the first time in Vancouver in 2011, a performance chronicled on their sole album, 2012’s Stones. They’ve locked horns a handful of times since, moving deeper into their musical relationship each time. Where does that relationship stand 11 years later? You’ll have to be there to find out.