Arcade Fire, Bon Iver and Devendra Banhart are fronted by charismatic singers. But when they play live, much of the power of their sound comes from a large cast of inventive players who stand at the edge of the spotlight. Three of those instrumentalists are teaming up for a rare night of their experimental solo work this Saturday, showcasing the skill that goes into arranging for some of the biggest acts in indie rock.
Colin Stetson is a baritone saxophonist who has won acclaim in jazz and rock circles as an opener for Arcade Fire and a collaborator with Bon Iver. His new album "New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges" was released on the acclaimed Montreal label Constellation, but he's also played esteemed jazz festivals like London Jazz and Moers. Sarah Neufeld is a full-time Arcade Fire member (she's the violinist with the punky haircut sawing and shouting at the front of the stage) and that band's side project Bell Orchestre, but she's recently been pursuing solo composing work for films. Gregory Rogove is a longtime Banhart cohort, and his new album "Piana" is a collection of his solo piano compositions played by John Medeski (of Medeski, Martin & Wood).
All three play their new solo work at the Arts District gallery/performance space Dilettante this Saturday at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $13, and the show should bring some deserved attention to the individual talents that made some beloved recent indie albums feel so rich.
Photo: Colin Stetson. Credit: Keith Klenowski