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For Immediate Release
March 18, 2002
6 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220
Phone: 804.782.8672 / Fax: 804.782.9880
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Experimental Composer and Percussionist Returns to Artspace

RICHMOND, VA - Artspace, located at 6 East Broad Street, welcomes English avant-garde composer and percussionist, Chris Cutler. Cutler will perform on Wednesday, March 27, 2002 at 9pm. Opening for Cutler will be local jazz improvisation trio, Jones, Kuhl and McCavitt. $10 admission at the door with a cash bar available.

Cutler will present an evening of improvisational electronica - a rare experience into the art of modern music composition. He uses found objects and electronic devices to create a wall of sound tempered by moments of quiet. Musician Keith Macsoud will be accompanying Cutler on his 2002 US Tour.

Chris Cutler, of Surry, England, will be a familiar name to fans of avant-garde music and 20th century modern composition. Cutler played in his first band in 1963 and ended up playing in London's psychedelic clubs by 1969. He has worked with numerous international artists and bands. He co-founded The Ottawa Music Co, a 22-piece Rock composer's orchestra, eventually joining British Experimental Art Rock/Progressive group Henry Cow until its demise in 1978. He has since appeared on over 100 recordings. He has been a member of many groups such as The Art Bears, Gong, The News form Babel, The Nudes, P53 and The Science Group. He may be best known to American audiences, as a permanent member of American bands, Pere Ube, Hail and The Wooden Birds. He continually works with musicians, Henry Keiser, Fred Frith, Steven Blegvad, David Thomas (Pere Ubu fame), and Linda Thompson.

He is founder of the independent label and distribution service ReR/Recommended Records, and until 1991, the East European label Points East. He is editor of the New Music Magazine, Unfiled and author of the music theory book, File Under Popular as well as numerous articles in 14 languages. He started participating in contemporary music Symposia in the early eighties and became active in the then newly formed IASPM (International Association for the Study of Popular Music). He regularly lectures around the world, and his writing credits include The Henry Cow Story and File Under Popular: theoretical and critical writings on music.

For more information please call 804-782-8672. Artspace is open Wednesday - Sunday, from 12 - 4pm or by appointment, and is free and open to the public. You can learn more about Artspace at www.artspacegallery.org.

 
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