On April 8th, Colin Stetson will issue a new solo album titled SORROW. The LP follows last year’s Never Were the Way She Was, his collaborative release with Arcade Fire associate Sarah Neufeld, and marks his first solo record since 2013’s New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light.
SORROW is a reinterpretation of Symphony No. 3 by Polish composer Henryk Gorecki and features three movements, including one that clocks in at nearly 30 minutes. It includes guest contributions from Neufeld and Liturgy drummer Greg Fox, and, according to Stetson, is said to pull from “the world of black metal, early electronic music, from my own body of solo saxophone music.”
In a statement, Stetson noted the significance of Symphony No. 3, and how “dedicated” he was to learning it, inside and out. “We all have those moments when we experience a piece of music that transforms us, and this was one of those moments for me,” he said.