Colin Stetson, born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and currently based in Montreal, Quebec, is a saxophonist and multireedist, and touring member of Arcade Fire, Bell Orchestre and Bon Iver. In addition to saxophone, he plays clarinet, bass clarinet, french horn, flute, and cornet.
Stetson attended the University of Michigan School of Music, where he joined Transmission Trio. He also played with the groups Boostamonte and the People's Bizarre.
Stetson has performed and recorded with dozens of artists, including Tom Waits, Arcade Fire, TV on the Radio, Feist, Bon Iver, My Brightest Diamond, Laurie Anderson, David Byrne, Jolie Holland, Sinéad O'Connor, LCD Soundsystem, The National, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Angelique Kidjo, Kevin Devine, Beanie Burnett, and Anthony Braxton.
His first solo album, New History Warfare, Vol. 1, was released in 2008. His second album, New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges, was released by Constellation Records in early 2011. On June 16, the album was named as a longlisted nominee (one of 40) for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize. On July 6, the album was named as a shortlisted (one of 10) nominee for the 2011 award. Stetson was chosen by Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel to perform at the All Tomorrow's Parties festival that he curated in December 2011 in Minehead, England. His latest album, New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light, was released by Constellation Records in April 2013, and was named as a longlisted nominee for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize in June.
Solo albums/As leader
- Tiny Beast (2003) with Transmission Trio
- Slow Descent (2003)
- New History Warfare Vol. 1 (2007)
- Righteous Wrath 7″ (2010)
- New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges (2011)
- Those Who Didn't Run EP (2011)
- Stones (2012) with Mats Gustafsson
- New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light (2013)
With Arcade Fire
- Neon Bible (2007)
- The Suburbs (2010)
- Reflektor (2013)
With Bon Iver
- Bon Iver, Bon Iver (2011)
- Metals (2011)
With Jolie Holland
- The Living and the Dead (2008)
With Timber Timbre
- Creep On Creepin' On (2011)
- "Hot Dreams" (2014)
With Tom Waits
- Blood Money (2002)
- Alice (2002)
- Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards (2006)
With TV on the Radio
- Dear Science (2008)