Colin Stetson was born and raised in Ann Arbor, MI and earned a degree in music from his hometown school, the University of Michigan, in 1997. Six years in San Francisco followed, then another four in Brooklyn, NY. Since 2007, Colin has made his home in Montréal, Canada.
Throughout the past decade Stetson has developed his unique solo voice on saxophones and clarinets, culminating in the 2008 release of his debut solo record New History Warfare Vol. 1. As a soloist he has performed countless shows in a variety of contexts and in front of diverse audiences, from intimate rooms to jazz/new music festivals like Moers and London Jazz to rock stages opening for Arcade Fire, The National and others.
His second solo album New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges was released in February 2011 on Constellation, co-produced by Shahzad Ismaily and mixed by Ben Frost.
Stetson chiefly plays assorted saxophones and clarinets, but is also adept at cornet, french horn and flute. Aside from his work as a soloist, Stetson has recorded extensively for other artists and joined a number of live bands as a full member or guest. These include Tom Waits, Arcade Fire, TV on the Radio, Fiest, Bon Iver, Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, David Byrne, Jolie Holland, Sinead O'Connor, LCD Soundsystem, The National, Angelique Kidjo, and Anthony Braxton.
Colin is a regular member of the bands Sway Machinery and Bell Orchestre. Alongside solo concerts and tours to support his new album, Stetson will be a member of the touring band for Bon Iver throughout 2011.