Colin Stetson's New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light - A Stunning Conclusion to a Musical Trilogy
Colin Stetson is a Canadian saxophonist who has collaborated with artists such as Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, Tom Waits and Laurie Anderson. He is also known for his solo work, which showcases his remarkable technique and creativity on the saxophone. His solo albums are part of a trilogy called New History Warfare, which explores themes of war, death, love and transcendence through a unique sonic landscape.
New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light is the final installment of the trilogy, released by Constellation Records in 2013. It is a culmination of Stetson's musical vision and skill, as he performs and records live without overdubs or loops, using an array of microphones to capture the sounds of his instrument, his voice and his surroundings. The result is a stunning album that blends experimental, jazz, classical and rock influences into a coherent and powerful whole.
The album features four tracks with vocals by Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, who adds another layer of emotion and contrast to Stetson's instrumental compositions. The album also includes a cover of Washington Phillips' gospel song \"What Are They Doing in Heaven Today\", which Stetson interprets with his own style and sensibility. The album's title track is a 15-minute epic that showcases Stetson's virtuosity and endurance, as he builds up a complex and intense musical structure that reaches a climactic finale.
New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light is a masterpiece of modern music, and a fitting end to a trilogy that has pushed the boundaries of what is possible with a saxophone. It is an album that deserves to be heard by anyone who appreciates innovative and original music.Stetson was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1975, and started playing the alto saxophone at the age of nine. He received a full scholarship to study at the University of Michigan School of Music, where he learned from renowned saxophonist Donald Sinta. He also played with various bands and ensembles, such as Transmission Trio, Boostamonte and The People's Bizarre.  
After graduating, Stetson moved to San Francisco, where he hoped to meet one of his musical heroes, Tom Waits. His wish came true when Waits contacted him to work on his albums Blood Money and Alice in 2002. Stetson also collaborated with other artists such as Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, SinÃad O'Connor and Anthony Braxton.  
In 2007, Stetson relocated to Montreal, Quebec, where he became a regular member of the indie rock bands Arcade Fire and Bell Orchestre. He also worked with Bon Iver, The National, LCD Soundsystem, The Chemical Brothers and many others. He released his first solo album, New History Warfare Vol. 1, in 2008, followed by Vol. 2: Judges in 2011 and Vol. 3: To See More Light in 2013. These albums showcased his innovative approach to the saxophone, using circular breathing, multiphonics, vocalizations and percussive effects to create complex and expressive compositions.   aa16f39245