VIDEODROOM 2023: Colin Stetson 'Soundtracks'
At VIDEODROOM, Stetson will play an exclusive live suite of music based on these scores, complemented by his soundtracks for other films and TV series.
Next to his much lauded solo work, Stetson has made contributions to albums by major artists, including Tom Waits, Bon Iver, Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed, amongst others. After his (solo) breakthrough album 'New History Warfare Vol. 1' (2007), he was enlisted by bands such as Arcade Fire, Timber Timbre and TV on the Radio. In between, the indefatigable Stetson completed his 'New History Warfare' trilogy and the man's 'All This I Do for Glory' was awarded multiple times as 'Album of the Year' in 2017.
Characteristic of his saxophone playing is the use of circular breathing, a technique where you hear uninterrupted sound. Although he mainly gravitates towards the saxophone - mainly bass and alto, but also soprano, tenor and baritone - he also mastered clarinet, flute, French horn and cornet.
But before Stetson takes the stage, there's the premiere of the short film 'GUT' (2023), a series of black-and-white portraits directed by Brady Corbet, in response to Daniel Blumberg's new solo record of the same name. The title of the record, which Blumberg will present at our Ballroom on Nov. 30, refers to the autoimmune disease the British musician-artist has been struggling with in recent years. In six raw, personal songs, Blumberg channels his inner world with emotional directness.
Corbet's short film is the extension of this. We see Blumberg naked and vulnerable, his mind defeated by his body: strained tendons are rendered in stark celluloid, while ballads resound that overflow with pain, frustration and fatigue.
Brady Corbet made his directorial debut with 'The Childhood of a Leader' (2015), a historical drama starring Bérénice Bejo and Robert Pattinson, for which he immediately won two awards at the Venice Film Festival.
Follow-up 'Vox Lux' (2018), a music drama starring Natalie Portman and Jude Law, premiered at Venice. His next film, "The Brutalist," is currently in post-production.