Wednesday, March 1, 2023
7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Alix Goolden Hall, Victoria BC
Enter from 900 Johnson Street

Tickets $25 plus fees and taxes 




Colin Stetson was born and raised in Ann Arbor, spent a decade in San
Francisco and Brooklyn honing his formidable talents as a horn player,
eventually settling in Montreal in 2007. Over the years he has worked
extensively, live and in studio, with a wide range of bands and
musicians including 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, and David Gilmore. Meanwhile he
has developed an utterly unique voice as a soloist, principally on
saxophones and clarinets, his intense technical prowess matched by his
exhilarating and emotionally gripping skills as a songwriter.

Stetson’s astounding physical engagement with his instruments (chiefly
bass and alto saxophones) produces emotionally rich and polyphonic
compositions that transcend expectations of what solo horn playing can
sound like. Stemming from that approach and aesthetic, he has been
contributing regularly to the world of film, TV, and game scoring over
the past decade with such titles as Hereditary (2018), The First
(2018), Red Dead Redemption 2 (2018), Color Out of Space (2019),
Barkskins (2020), Mayday (2021), Among The Stars (2021), Texas
Chainsaw Massacre (2022), Uzumaki (2022), and The Menu (2022).


Thelema Banana is an avante-garde electronic and electro-acoustic
project featuring Aaron Watson (bass clarinet, musical saw, accordion,
shakuhachi), Jzero Schuurman (percussion), and David Bodrug
(electronics).  Thelema Banana’s sound design is guided by
philosophical and historical themes, creating visceral audio
environments of lost or future eras, self-characterized as dark jazz,
post-industrial ambient and xenophrenic soul.

This event is produced by the Garden City Electronic Music Society and supported by the Government of Canada through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund.

Sonic Jazz is a showcase event exploring the use of electronics in jazz and improvisational music   Video of the 2020 Sonic Jazz showcase may be found on the Garden City Electronic Music Society’s YouTube channel.


PO Box 8811, Victoria, BC V8W 3S3