Session 141: Colin Stetson/Sarah Neufeld / CHANTS

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SBS141 Stetson Neufeld Chants efg LR2 Poster Design: Erin Fuller

August 10, 2016

Colin Stetson has developed a unique and renowned voice as a performer and composer, chiefly on bass and tenor saxophones, where he rallies an array of technical strengths and innovations (circular breathing, contact micing of his own body and the body of his instrument, vocalizations through the reed) to make some of the most captivatingly organic, darkly soulful and otherworldly solo instrumental work of recent years. His brilliant trilogy of New History Warfare records (2007-2013) has been resoundingly celebrated by critics, fans and fellow musicians across many genres: avant/jazz, modern classical/Miminalism, electronic/noise, industrial/dark ambient, black metal and indie rock.

The solo violin work of Sarah Neufeld has emerged more recently, and especially through 2011-2014, in the period between her primary band Arcade Fire's last two albums. While no stranger to modern/minimalist composition with her Bell Orchestre ensemble dating back to the early 2000s, Neufeld has lately forged a newly distinctive, deliberate and evocative solo violin practice combining rock, folk, ambient and modernist sensibilities, culminating with her debut solo album Hero Brother in 2013.

Stetson and Neufeld first began playing in duo formation while on tour together as soloists in 2012, joining each other on stage for one or two of their respective pieces. Stetson had also collaborated in the past with Bell Orchestre and Arcade Fire, and with Neufeld and Shahzad Ismaily in an improv trio dating back to 2010 (including the Blue Caprice soundtrack). Duo compositions for their debut album emerged throughout 2014, and were road-tested that spring with performances at the Festival de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville (Canada) and Moers Festival (Germany). The album was recorded without overdubbing, looping, sampling, cutting or pasting at their farmhouse attic studio in rural Vermont by Hans Bernhard and mixed in Montreal by Mark Lawson (Arcade Fire).

CHANTS, aka producer/drummer Jordan Cohen, creates electronic music that balances beats & bass with emotive melody and textured field recordings. He has released music on Dutty Artz, Hush Hush Records, #FEELINGS, and Astral Plane Recordings, and been featured in media outlets including THUMP, XLR8R, Yours Truly, Earmilk, and FACT. 

Live, CHANTS mixes electronics with live drumming and has performed on bills with artists such as Dan Deacon, DJ /Rupture, Venus X, Youngblood Brass Band, Janka Nabay & the Bubu Gang, DJAO, and DJ Abilities.

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