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MARCH   2002 
PERFORMANCES 
CHRIS CUTLER



Percussion, Electronics,
Lyricist, Composer


March 27, 2002

Wednesday at 9:00pm
$10 at the door.
Cash bar.

Opening band is "Jones, Kuhl, and McCavitt"



At the start of the seventies, he co-founded The Ottawa Music Co. with Dave Stewart, a 22 piece Rock composer’s orchestra, and eventually joined British experimental group Henry Cow, with whom he toured, recorded and worked in dance and theatre projects for the next eight years. He went on to co-found a series of mixed national groups: Art Bears, News from Babel, Cassiber, The (ec) Nudes, P53 and The Science Group and was a permanent member of American bands Pere Ubu, Hail and The Wooden Birds. Apart from a succession of special projects he works regularly with John Rose, Fred Frith, Zeena Parkins, David Thomas, Iancu Dumitrescu, Peter Blegvad and Stevan Tickmayer - and performs widely as a soloist with his extended electric kit. He also founded and runs the independent label and distribution service ReR/Recommended, edits the New Music magazine Unfiled and is author of the theoretical book File Under Popular - as well as numerous articles and papers published in 14 languages. He lectures intermittently on theoretical and music related topics and has appeared on over 120 recordings.



I started to electrify my kit in 1974 using telephone mouthpieces and piezos. From then on I continued to approach electrification after the model of the guitar; namely to avoid samples and triggers and rather to amplify and process the acoustic sound of the instrument in real time, preserving the direct relation between the analogue minutiae of gesture and the expressive grain of immediate sound, which, for me, make an instrument speak.

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Chris Cutler once remarked that "for me, music has to be the deliberate and conscious organization of material to produce some kind of mutual effect in the human environment in which it is produced." During a performance at the MOCA-DC gallery in Georgetown on Saturday, Cutler offered a stimulating organization of some rather amazing materials. In an hour-long piece that scuttled forward and sideways through moments of stark beauty, the barefoot Cutler worked with a full drum set, a sampler and a wide variety of small electronic devices, most of which were fitted with contact microphones. He attacked his drum kit with all manner of things, including a pair of plastic roses. The resulting sounds occasionally recalled the otherworldly experiments of Biota, but Cutler's constant drum rustle, which echoed and whispered through the near-capacity audience, bore a unique percussive signature. Grabbing implements that included an electric toothbrush, hand drums, vibrating toys, a violin bow, an electrified egg slicer and a pinball, Cutler produced a piece that buzzed in the mind long after it ended and confirmed that his inspirational exploration of musical boundaries is still in full, glorious motion.

WASHINGTON POST



‘Chris Cutler has to be one of the finest, most inventive drummers this country has ever produced’
Peter Marsh, BBC Review.




More information is available at: www.ccutler.com


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