Tue 13.11.18

Colin Stetson: 'All this I do for glory'

+ Cüneyt Sepetçi

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“One of our greatest living saxophone players.” - Bon Iver

Saxophonist Colin Stetson is a master of circular breathing. The manner in which he plays his tenor sax reminds one of (free jazz) grandmasters like Evan Parker, Peter Brötzmann and Anthony Braxton. His CV is outright impressive: he has already played with or is to be heard on the albums of: Feist, Bon Iver, Tom Waits, TV On The Radio, David Byrne, Lcd Soundsystem and The National. Stetson is/was also a part of the live bands of Arcade Fire and Bon Iver.

Cüneyt Sepetçi
‘When rock music finally dies I hope Cüneyt Sepetçi plays at the wake.’ (The Wire)
A more than worthy opener – read: an absolute discovery – for this double bill, the Turkish clarinet player Cüneyt Sepetçi. Sepetçi is a welcome guest, from circumcision ceremonies in his hometown Istanbul to the famous Roskilde Festival. What’s more, the man has style: ‘Cüneyt’s handsome moustache is perfectly in place, and he is dressed to impress in a rhinestone blazer and shiny shoes of black leather.’(The Wire). His recently released album ‘Bulgar Gaydasi’ sounds rousing, puts you in a trance and is outright mesmerizing. Colin Stetson’s reaction when we first suggested having Cüneyt Sepetçi open the evening: ‘That sounds great! Would love him to open for me!

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In the press Drowned in Sound: “Colin Stetson is matchless, his record glorious, and you’ll likely never experience silence as dramatically as the moment when ‘All This I do for Glory’ concludes.”
AB fun fact Colin Stetson already appeared on stage in AB at the side of Bon Iver (‘11), but effortlessly filled the AB Club in his own name in ’11, ’12 and ’14 too
Fun fact Colin Stetson about his sax: “It’s been around the world, has touched the sand of the Sahara and has played for over a million people.”



Straf dat Colin dat allemaal alleen deed. Visueel was er niet veel te zien eigenlijk op scène. But who cares? It was all I need.
Heel coole sound, onaards en ondoorgrondbaar. Maar AB, moest dat echt zo oorverdovend luid? Nadien had ik echt het gevoel dat ik met gehoorschade buiten liep.
Première partie gâchée par un claviériste qui ne sait sortir que du tac-poum de bal oriental. Dommage ! Je verrais bien le clarinettiste en duo avec un violoncelliste, à condition qu'il sorte de ses schémas trop redondants. Le concert de Colin Stetson, c'est techniquement éblouissant, c'est artistiquement intelligent, c'est émotionnellement hallucinant, bref, c'est totalement fascinant ! Une expérience unique qu'il faut tenter au mois une fois dans sa vie !
Surprenant, impressionnant et envoûtant ! A lui seul, Colin Stetson remplit la scène et la salle de ses sons qui filent en strates multiples. Yeux ouverts ou fermés cela fonctionne de manière magique ! Ses albums valaient déjà la peine mais le voir sur scène ajoute une tout autre dimension ! je suis vraiment content de l'avoir entendu et vu. Très chouette soirée
De geluiden die Colin Stetson uit zijn blaasinstrumenten krijgt is indrukwekkend. Ben blij dat ik dat live gezien heb, want anders is het moeilijk te geloven dat zoiets kan zonder toevoegingen met loops of andere middelen. Sepetçi is niet zo mijn ding, teveel huwelijksfeestmuziek, te weinig variatie en inventiviteit. Ik had trouwens hetzelfde gevoel met de Iraakse huwelijksfeestmuziek in het voorprogramma van Madensuyu. Sepetçi is dan wel weer speciaal omdat hij een Turkse Rom is en muziek brengt uit die cultuur. Maar hij mag dan een virtuoos zijn met zijn klarinet, die KORG-synth was er teveel aan.
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