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Greg Fox: Sorrow @ Bimhuis Amsterdam

  • Bimhuis 3 Piet Heinkade Amsterdam, NH, 1019 BR Netherlands (map)

Colin Stetson, renowned for his breathtaking, inventive solo playing on bass saxophone, reinterprets Gorecki’s third symphony. He previously collaborated with, among others, Arcade Fire.

Canadian saxophone player Colin Stetson presents his new album Sorrow in a spectacular way, with a ten piece star ensemble. Sorrow is a reinterpretation of the famous Third symphony by Polish composer Henryk Gorecki, according to Stetson ‘one of the most inspiring symphonies ever’. His reinterpretation is ‘an addition to an already brilliant piece’ and stays close to the original. The Third symphony (1976) is one of the masterpieces of the 20th century. The ensemble features, among others, Sarah Neufeld (Arcade Fire, Bell Orchestre), Greg Fox (Ben Frost) and Shahzad Ismaily (Marc Ribot, Ben Frost).

Colin Stetson is a singular voice on bass saxophone, because of his inventive us of extended techniques such as circular breathing. In his breathtaking solo playing he uses the sax both as a melody and a percussion instrument, hammering the valves. Stetson has collaborated with major artists including Tom Waits and David Byrne, and regularly performs with Arcade Fire and Bon Iver.

The Bimhuis restaurant is open prior to the concert from 6.30 (reservations via 020-7882158).

Tickets via Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ.

Sorrow, a reimagining of Gorecki’s 3rd symphony
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