Beyond the Gate featuring Colin Stetson @ Bohemian National Cemetery

Wed Mar 27 2024

8:30 PM (Doors 7:30 PM)

Bohemian Nat'l Cemetery Cathedral

5255 North Pulaski Road Chicago, IL 60630

$30.00

Ages 17+

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Doors: 730PM / Show: 830PM / 17+

EMPTY BOTTLE PRESENTS: BEYOND THE GATE @ BOHEMIAN NATIONAL CEMETERY 
Address: 5255 North Pulaski Road, Chicago, IL

Colin Stetson’s recorded output, not to mention studio and live collaborations – with, among others, Lou Reed, LCD Soundsystem, The National, Chemical Brothers, Bon Iver and Bill Laswell – has proven as prolific as it’s praiseworthy. Since the 21st century’s early years, he’s gained a well-deserved reputation as an exceptional musician, his devotion to craft consummate, his commitment to innovation indisputable. Known for assertive, powerhouse performances on the saxophone – chiefly bass and alto, but also soprano, tenor and baritone – for many years he was a wrestler, a sport whose “insane physical extremes” he credits with his style, alongside, among other things, a love for acts like Pixies and Fugazi. He’s similarly at home, though, whatever the musical context, on clarinet, flute, French Horn and cornet. One might even say he operates in a field all his own.

It was at university that Stetson first began playing regularly, “searching, reaching, and exploring the instrument” with Transmission (later Transmission Trio), before heading to San Francisco after graduating and, six years later, Brooklyn. Contributions were made to other artists’ recordings, not least Tom Waits’, and he made his own lowkey records too. It wasn’t, though, until 2007 that his breakthrough album, New History Warfare Vol. 1, was released, and this coincided with his drafting by Arcade Fire, with whom he’d play until 2010. That year he moved to Montreal to join his future (but now ex-) wife, the band’s Sarah Neufeld, with whom he recorded 2015’s Never Were The Way She Was, and the following year he released Sorrow, an extraordinary reimagining of Gorecki’s legendary Symphony of Sorrow. In-between he completed the New History Warfare trilogy, a virtuosic illustration of the “world-building”, as he calls it, that’s critical to much of his solo work, while 2017’s All This I Do for Glory consolidated his reputation, earning multiple nominations for critics’ Album of the Year lists. 

Stetson’s nature is defiantly single-minded, and his dogged focus is always evident, his swooping, circling and soaring motifs displaying as much sensitivity as strength. This is something to which his striking – and diverse – contributions to film, TV and game scores also powerfully attest, including, most recently, 2018’s Hereditary and Red Dead Redemption 2, 2021’s Among The Stars, and 2022’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Menu. As distinguished broadcaster Mary Anne Hobbs once observed, Colin Stetson is “an artist that can change the way you actually think about music.” 

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Beyond the Gate featuring Colin Stetson @ Bohemian National Cemetery

  • Colin Stetson

    Colin Stetson

    Avant-Garde Jazz

    Colin Stetson has driven all the smoothness out of the saxophone. He creates technically perfect, intricate circular soundscapes, which he then destroys with excursions in the direction of Noise. He never ceases to extend the technical possibilities of his instrument, sometimes to the point of complete alienation. He uses the keys as percussive accompaniment and uses body microphones. He may make his instrument sound like a circular saw or the songs of whales, but his music always has a hypnotisingly melancholic atmosphere, even in the most brightly glistening tones.

    There's currently a lot of hype about Colin Stetson's soundtrack for the horror movie "Hereditary". The hype is well deserved. No doubt about it, he's a film composer – and one who manages to capture the darkness and speed of the Zeitgeist in a way that it can be endured emotionally. And much more too: He makes you want to listen to his music over and over again. That's a quality boasted by very few pieces of contemporary music. Stetson is frequently defined by his collaborations with other musicians such as Tom Waits, Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, TV On The Radio, Feist, Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, Bill Laswell, Evan Parker, The Chemical Brothers, Animal Collective, Hamid Drake, LCD Soundsystem, The National, Angelique Kidjo, Fink or David Gilmore. The list is impressive, but let's not forget his brilliant CD debut "New History Warfare", which was released back in 2008, or its worthy successor from 2011, "New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges". "New History Warfare Vol. 3" was released in 2013, followed by his first duo project in 2015 with his partner at the time – Sarah Neufeld from Arcade Fire – entitled "Never Were the Way She Was". He stubbornly transcends the boundaries of genres such as Avant-Jazz, Noise/Drone/Minimalism, Dark Metal, Post-Rock or Contemporary Electronics. And then there's the flagship album of Stetson's own label 52Hz: "SORROW: A reimagining of Gorecki's 3rd Symphony", a bold reinterpretation with a star-studded cast of fellow musicians. Apart from collaborating with Greg Fox, Shahzad Ismaily and Toby Summerfield on the EX EYE project and creating his latest solo album "All This I Do For Glory", he also found time to compose the soundtrack for "Hereditary". What will he do next? (Sandra Hupfauf).

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Empty Bottle Presents

Beyond the Gate featuring Colin Stetson @ Bohemian National Cemetery

Wed Mar 27 2024 8:30 PM

(Doors 7:30 PM)

Bohemian Nat'l Cemetery Cathedral Chicago IL
Beyond the Gate featuring Colin Stetson @ Bohemian National Cemetery

$30.00 Ages 17+

Doors: 730PM / Show: 830PM / 17+

EMPTY BOTTLE PRESENTS: BEYOND THE GATE @ BOHEMIAN NATIONAL CEMETERY 
Address: 5255 North Pulaski Road, Chicago, IL

Colin Stetson’s recorded output, not to mention studio and live collaborations – with, among others, Lou Reed, LCD Soundsystem, The National, Chemical Brothers, Bon Iver and Bill Laswell – has proven as prolific as it’s praiseworthy. Since the 21st century’s early years, he’s gained a well-deserved reputation as an exceptional musician, his devotion to craft consummate, his commitment to innovation indisputable. Known for assertive, powerhouse performances on the saxophone – chiefly bass and alto, but also soprano, tenor and baritone – for many years he was a wrestler, a sport whose “insane physical extremes” he credits with his style, alongside, among other things, a love for acts like Pixies and Fugazi. He’s similarly at home, though, whatever the musical context, on clarinet, flute, French Horn and cornet. One might even say he operates in a field all his own.

It was at university that Stetson first began playing regularly, “searching, reaching, and exploring the instrument” with Transmission (later Transmission Trio), before heading to San Francisco after graduating and, six years later, Brooklyn. Contributions were made to other artists’ recordings, not least Tom Waits’, and he made his own lowkey records too. It wasn’t, though, until 2007 that his breakthrough album, New History Warfare Vol. 1, was released, and this coincided with his drafting by Arcade Fire, with whom he’d play until 2010. That year he moved to Montreal to join his future (but now ex-) wife, the band’s Sarah Neufeld, with whom he recorded 2015’s Never Were The Way She Was, and the following year he released Sorrow, an extraordinary reimagining of Gorecki’s legendary Symphony of Sorrow. In-between he completed the New History Warfare trilogy, a virtuosic illustration of the “world-building”, as he calls it, that’s critical to much of his solo work, while 2017’s All This I Do for Glory consolidated his reputation, earning multiple nominations for critics’ Album of the Year lists. 

Stetson’s nature is defiantly single-minded, and his dogged focus is always evident, his swooping, circling and soaring motifs displaying as much sensitivity as strength. This is something to which his striking – and diverse – contributions to film, TV and game scores also powerfully attest, including, most recently, 2018’s Hereditary and Red Dead Redemption 2, 2021’s Among The Stars, and 2022’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Menu. As distinguished broadcaster Mary Anne Hobbs once observed, Colin Stetson is “an artist that can change the way you actually think about music.” 
Colin Stetson

Colin Stetson

Avant-Garde Jazz

Colin Stetson has driven all the smoothness out of the saxophone. He creates technically perfect, intricate circular soundscapes, which he then destroys with excursions in the direction of Noise. He never ceases to extend the technical possibilities of his instrument, sometimes to the point of complete alienation. He uses the keys as percussive accompaniment and uses body microphones. He may make his instrument sound like a circular saw or the songs of whales, but his music always has a hypnotisingly melancholic atmosphere, even in the most brightly glistening tones.

There's currently a lot of hype about Colin Stetson's soundtrack for the horror movie "Hereditary". The hype is well deserved. No doubt about it, he's a film composer – and one who manages to capture the darkness and speed of the Zeitgeist in a way that it can be endured emotionally. And much more too: He makes you want to listen to his music over and over again. That's a quality boasted by very few pieces of contemporary music. Stetson is frequently defined by his collaborations with other musicians such as Tom Waits, Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, TV On The Radio, Feist, Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, Bill Laswell, Evan Parker, The Chemical Brothers, Animal Collective, Hamid Drake, LCD Soundsystem, The National, Angelique Kidjo, Fink or David Gilmore. The list is impressive, but let's not forget his brilliant CD debut "New History Warfare", which was released back in 2008, or its worthy successor from 2011, "New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges". "New History Warfare Vol. 3" was released in 2013, followed by his first duo project in 2015 with his partner at the time – Sarah Neufeld from Arcade Fire – entitled "Never Were the Way She Was". He stubbornly transcends the boundaries of genres such as Avant-Jazz, Noise/Drone/Minimalism, Dark Metal, Post-Rock or Contemporary Electronics. And then there's the flagship album of Stetson's own label 52Hz: "SORROW: A reimagining of Gorecki's 3rd Symphony", a bold reinterpretation with a star-studded cast of fellow musicians. Apart from collaborating with Greg Fox, Shahzad Ismaily and Toby Summerfield on the EX EYE project and creating his latest solo album "All This I Do For Glory", he also found time to compose the soundtrack for "Hereditary". What will he do next? (Sandra Hupfauf).

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Ages 17+
limit 6 per person
General Admission info
$30.00

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Terms & Conditions

This event is 17 and over. Any ticket holder unable to present valid identification indicating that they are at least 17 years of age will not be admitted to this event, and will not be eligible for a refund.