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Colin Stetson


Colin Steston (saxophonist) was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and earned a degree in music from the University of Michigan in 1997. Stetson spent time in San Francisco and New York City developing his unique solo voice on saxophones and clarinets, which culminated in the release of the album New History Warfare Vol. 1 on Agoo Records in 2008.

Stetson now resides in Montreal and performs regularly on assorted saxophones, clarinets, cornet, french horn, and flute. His solo recording, New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges, was released in 2011. The album received a JUNO nomination and was shortlisted for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize.

Aside from his work as a soloist, Stetson has performed and/or recorded with Tom Waits, Bon Iver, 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.


2011 - Shortlisted for the Polaria Music Prize for New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges
2012 - JUNO nomination for 'Contemporary Jazz Album' for New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges