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Multireedist Colin Stetson has impressive pipes. He fills his instruments with so much air—too much air, maybe—that the tones distort into something that sounds like avant garde metal, not jazz. It’s no wonder that Stetson’s style has caught the attention of rock giants like Lou Reed, Bon Iver, and The National: His work oozes atmosphere and depth, straddling the line between incomprehensible and approachable. Stetson usually performs with a bass saxophone, a gigantic instrument, which means he’s also an intensely physical performer. It requires an uncanny force of will to play normally, so the quantity of air he’s blowing is unique and even dangerous—it wouldn’t be shocking if he passes out during rehearsals. When he takes the stage at The Kennedy Center, expect a both a physical feat and daring music. Appreciating his work is surprisingly easy. Colin Stetson performs at 6 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org.