Two of Constellation’s acclaimed solo instrumental artists join forces on this tremendous new album of original compositions for horn and violin.
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, vocalisations 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/minimalism, 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).
11.04.15 Dublin, IE – The Twisted Pepper
15.04.15 Dudingen, CH – Bad Bonn
17.04.15 London, UK – Islington Assembly Hall
18.04.15 Vienna, AT – Porgy & Bess
20.04.15 Zagreb, HR – Kset
22.04.15 Copenhagen, DK – Jazzhouse
23.04.15 Oslo, NO – Victoria – Nasjonal Jazzscene
24.04.15 Bergen, NO – Sardinen, USF
25.04.15 Trondheim, NO – Dokkhuset Scene
30.04.15 Rotterdam, NL – Lantaren Venster
01.05.15 Groningen, NL – De Oosterpoort
02.05.15 Amsterdam, NL – Club Cross Linx
03.05.15 Eindhoven, NL – Effenaar