2005 listen

Archie was commissioned by the 2005 Semley Festival and first performed by Band of Instruments on August 5th 2005. The piece initiates a dialogue between compressed baroque-like keyboard figurations and ornamented expansive folk-like violin melodies (which seek to escape from the restriction of the opening material). Following an obsessive metaphorical "bridge" section, we enter a new world in which both of the opening materials fuse into something very different. Archie was recorded by the Fidelio Trio and released on the NMC disc Bartlebooth.

Joe Cutler UK

For more than 20 years, Joe Cutler has been an unclassifiable figure on the UK contemporary music scene, working largely outside the mainstream. His music has been performed in over 40 countries and on 6 continents including performances at venues such as Bang-on-a-Can Music Marathon (New York), Gaudeamus Music Week (Amsterdam), Opera City (Tokyo), Musik Monat (Basle).

In 2008 a portrait CD of his works entitled Bartlebooth was released on NMC and was one of Gramophone Magazine's Top 20 Releases of the Year. This was followed last year by Boogie Nights on Birmingham Record Company. He also won the 2008 British Composer Award in the chamber music category. Since 2005 he has been Head of Composition at Birmingham Conservatoire.

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Joe Cutler