British Composer Award
Joe recently was awarded the 2016 British Composer Award in the Contemporary Jazz Composition category for his work Karembeu's Guide to the Complete Defensive Midfielder. The piece was a commission from Cheltenham International Music Festival for Emulsion Sinfonietta and UK/Norwegian improvising group Food. This is his second British Composer Award. In 2008, his piece Folk Music was the winning work in the Chamber Music category.
Shortlisting in British Composer Awards
Joe's recent work "Karembeu's Guide to the Complete Defensive Midfielder" has been shortlisted in the Contemporary Jazz Category of the British Composer Awards. The piece was a commission from the 2015 Cheltenham International Music Festival for Emulsion Sinfonietta. Winners in each category will be announced at a ceremony on Tuesday December 6th at the BFI, London. Full details of the 2016 shortlist can be seen here.
Joe has recently been selected as one of the inaugural recipients of PRS Foundation’s new scheme, The Composers Fund. The award will allow Joe to have a sabbatical from teaching in 2017, to compose two substantial projects including a new orchestral piece for the opening of the new Adrian Boult Hall at Birmingham Conservatoire, and a substantial new work for solo piano for pianist Mary Dullea, for release on Birmingham Record Company. Full details here.
Joe will also be one of the jury members for the 2017 Gaudemus Award in Holland and will be selecting the finalists for the 2017 award later this October in Utrecht. The other jury members are Mayke Nas and Christopher Trapani.
In late May, Joe travels to China for performances of Without Fear of Vertigo with the Thallein Ensemble at the Beijing Modern Music Festival and Tianjin Conservatory. Also during the trip, Joe will give talks and masterclasses at Central Conservatory of Music, China Conservatory of Music and Tianjin Conservatory.
In June, Joe will be on the panel of the BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers Competition along with Judith Weir, Anna Meredith, Jonathan Dove and Fraser Trainer.
Commissions include a new work for the Fidelio Trio and a new work for counter-tenor Andrew Watts, both for performances in the autumn.
Joe is working on a couple of new commissions to be premiered next year. These include a short new work for soprano Lucy Schauffer and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group to form part of a new Berio Folksongs-inspired work. Other composers contributing to the project include Judith Weir, Charlotte Bray, Michael Zev Gordon and Birmingham Conservatoire colleagues Howard Skempton and Ed Bennett.
He is also writing a substantial piano trio, entitled McNulty, for the Fidelio Trio to be premiered in 2016.
Joe has just completed a commission from the Cheltenham International Music Festival entitled "Karembeu's Guide to the Complete Defensive Midfielder". The new piece will be premiered on July 4th at the Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham and has been written for the Emulsion Sinfonietta.
Another new work commissioned by the University of Warwick to celebrate their 50th anniversary will be premiered by the Coull Quartet and singers from Warwick University on October 16th at Warwick Arts Centre. Joe will also be shortly beginning new commissions for the Fidelio Trio to be premiered in March 2016 and a piece for string orchestra commissioned by Project Instrumental for June 2016.
Review in International Record Review
Boogie Nights has had another great review, this time in International Record Review
A previous disc devoted to the music of Joe Cutler, 'Bartlebooth' (NMC NMCD134, released in 2008), confirmed his standing among the most savvy of younger British composers: one, moreover, who still adhered to the notion of postmodernism as an active cultural concept rather than as a means to sell product. The present release continues and extends that thinking, though any claim that this music provokes merely through combining idioms resistant to such combining is wide of the mark. It is the 'how' rather than the 'what' which is the governing force here.
Of these pieces, two are for ensemble redolent of those pioneered by Louis Andriessen and his acolytes. Not that Cutler's take on this hard-hitting 'industrial' minimalism is wholly in earnest: Boogie Nights (2012) draws on precedents of inter-war mechanical dance-hall organs and heyday of 1970s funk for its main movements - framed by a brief 'Prelude', 'Interlude' and 'Postlude' whose pithy anticipations and echoes widen the frame of reference accordingly. Extended Play (2013) may seem more generalised in its deploying of elements derived from minimalism, jazz and rock, but it is the degree to which these archetypes fuse that gives this piece its underlying continuity and cumulative momentum - at least until the final two minutes, when deft piano chords introduce an unexpected though appealing "coffee-table jazz' pay-off.
Elsewhere Cutler writes for more overtly classical formations, though without any dilution of his unequivocal stance. Slippery Music (2010) pays tribute to the medium of the piano quartet by reducing it to its main elements, then configuring these in any number of formations as an unlikely yet tangible coherence is maintained. Comfortable Music (2007) puts violin and piano through their collective paces across three movements - the first of these as limpid and elegant as its successor (with its 'roadhouse' overtones) seems tensile and strident; the finale hardly transcending this duality as it pursues its fluid and irresolvable course towards silence. Music for Parakeets (2008) unfolds on cello and piano as if a sequence of variations on what is less a theme than a rhythmic gesture adaptable to any number of contexts (which may or may not have something to do with the birds of the title); thereby re-evaluating the potential of its medium as keenly as Folk Music (2007) does with the string quartet - in this instance the Goralski music of Poland, which is gradually re-created as the piece reaches its headlong close.
The performances are as committed as might be expected from the musicians and ensembles for whole these works were written, with the venues used for recording each yielding a sound appropriate to the music at hand. Paul Jackson contributes a succinct yet informative note on the inside of the digipack, whose enclosed booklet devotes rather more space to the performers. That it adds up to an unconventional presentation is doubtless the wish of Cutler himself: hopefully Birmingham Record Company will release a follow-up in due course."Richard Whitehouse, International Record Review
Great Review in BBC Music Magazine!
Boogie Night was recently reviewed in the December edition of BBC Music Magazine:
"The titles listed in Boogie Nights capture the flavour of Cutler's vivid and mischievous sound-world. The six works recorded were written from 2007-2013 and, while loosely bound by Cutler's post-minimalist aesthetic, are a delicious miscellany.
Commissioned and flamboyantly performed by Orkest de Ereprijs, the title track is a riot of circus psychedelia, bounding and fluttering across its five snappy sections with snippets of 1970s funk and the whirling tones of a 1920s mechanical organ. Fragments of the Baroque and late-Classical find their way into two of the disc's chamber works: Slippery Music, commissioned and performed by the Schubert Ensemble, is an irreverent reimagining of the Trout Quintet (for the same forces), while the deftly performed Comfortable Music for violin and piano invokes the rhythmic poise and energy of the baroque (alongside a central movement marked 'like some Roadhouse Music'). The unexpectedly affecting Folk Music closes the disc, drawing on looping scraps of Polish 'Goralski' music that steadily and joyfully cohere, all performed with wonderful zest by the Coull Quartet."
Joe has a busy 12 months ahead with new commissions to write for the Coull Quartet (to celebrate Warwick University's 50th anniversary), Emulsion Sinfonietta, Fidelio Trio and Project Instrumental. Other excitements includes a visit to China in mid-November to attend performances of chamber works, and to give masterclasses and talks. This autumn also sees a number of performances of Bad Machine in the Netherlands, performances of Buckley's Hot Licks with pianist Eliza McCarthy in Manchester and York, a debut at the Royal Albert Hall and a performance of Joe's recent piece Chords on the Shore in Stockholm.
Just back from being Composer-in-Residence at the Walled City Festival in Derry, Joe is working on a new commission for two guitars, commissioned by the International Guitar Foundation, which will be premiered by the Bovey/Vickers Guitar Duo in October. He's then working on a new string quartet for the Coull String Quartet, commissioned by Warwick University for their 50th Anniversary.
Boogie Nights released on Birmingham Record Company
Joe's second portrait disc, Boogie Nights, is now out on Birmingham Record Company. The disc includes the works Boogie Nights, Slippery Music, Comfortable Music, Extended Play, Music for Parakeets, Folk Music and features wonderful performances from Orkest de Ereprijs, Schubert Ensemble, Darragh Morgan and Mary Dullea, Decibel, Lionel Handy and Nigel Clayton, and the Coull Quartet.
You can download, order the CD or just listen here
Lots of exciting stuff happening over the next few months!
On May 1st, Joe's new CD Boogie Nights will be officially released on Birmingham Record Company www.birminghamrecordcompany.com. Press release to follow!! Tracks from the album have been featured in recent weeks on BBC Radio 3 "Late Junction" and RTE Lyric FM's "Nova".
Joe is just finishing off a new work for 4 electric guitars for Ensemble Krock from Sweden. The piece, called Chords on the Shore and the premiere will be on June 3rd in Birmingham's Frontiers Downtown Festival, with a second performance at the National Concert Hall in Dublin on July 11th.
On June 20th, Boogie Nights will open the It's Festival in Amsterdam performed by Orkest de Ereprijs in a choreographed version with dancers from Artez Dance Academy in Arnhem, and featuring live the biggest Mortier mechanical organ in the World, brought in specially from Alkmaar.
Also in June and July, Ping!, commissioned for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, will tour the UK as part of the PRS for Music Foundation's Beyond Borders programme. On June 14th, as part of a special music and sport event linked to the Commonwealth Games, Ping! will be performed as part of Glasgow's West End Festival.
Then, on July 19th, Ping! will feature in the Walled City Festival in Derry where Joe will be Composer-in-Residence.
Here's a film of the premiere of Ping!
New Year's News
Lots of exciting things happening in 2014 including a new disc Boogie Nights which will be released in the next two months on Birmingham Record Company (full information to follow shortly). The disc includes six works: Boogie Nights (Orkest de Ereprijs), Slippery Music (Schubert Ensemble), Comfortable Music (Darragh Morgan/Mary Dullea), Extended Play (Decibel), Music for Parakeets (Lionel Handy/Nigel Clayton) and Folk Music (Coull Quartet).
Other things happening in 2014 include a new work for 4 electric guitars commissioned by Swedish Ensemble Krock, and a string quartet for the Coull Quartet commissioned for the 50th Anniversary of Warwick University.
In January, On the Edge is included in the Park Lane Group's New Year's series at London South Bank Centre. In February, Joe is off to Dublin for a concert with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra (including Ulf alongside works by Birmingham Conservatoire friends and colleagues Sean Clancy, Ed Bennett, Howard Skempton and Michael Wolters). In June and July, Ping! will be touring the UK through the PRS Foundation's Beyond Borders schemes, with performances in Glasgow, Manchester, Derry and Warwick as part of a unique music and sport event.
New Work for Double Trio Project
Joe has just completed a new work entitled Flexible Music for a groundbreaking project which combines together Noszferatu and the Schlippenbach Trio, two virtuosic trios with asymmetrical takes on new music. Alex Von Schlippenbach's Trio with Evan Parker and Paul Lovens brings together three of the godfathers of European free jazz while Noszferatu are one of the most versatile British new music groups comprising award-winning composer-musicians who work across new composition, jazz, rock, theatre, tango and improvisation.
Joe has just received funding from the Swedish Arts Council to compose a new work for Swedish electric guitar quartet Krock. He will be writing a 10-15 minute work for them to premiere in spring 2014. Other projects for this year include a new work for Workers Union Ensemble for first performance in September at NonClassical, and a work for the combined forces of Noszferatu and the Schlippenbach Trio to be premiered in November at the London Jazz Festival. Plans are also well under way for a new disc to be released this autumn featuring performances from the Schubert Ensemble, Decibel, Darragh Morgan and Mary Dullea and Orkest de Ereprijs.
Joe has just completed a new work entitled Extended Play for Decibel, commissioned with the kind support of the Britten-Pears Foundation. The piece will be premiered on Monday 11th March at Kings Place, London.
Extended Play will also be repeated on Tuesday 12th March at Frontiers+ Festival, Birmingham Conservatoire.
Also at King's Place, two days earlier, you can also catch the London Premiere of Slippery Music, performed by the Schubert Ensemble at part of their 30th Anniversary Celebrations.
Joe's next project is a commission for the Workers Union Ensemble, supported by the PRSforMusic Foundation.
Chanticleer shortlisted for a British Composer Award
Joe's recent work, Chanticleer and the Opera Fox, has been shortlisted for a British Composer Award in the Vocal Category. Chanticleer was commissioned by the Roald Dahl Museum and Little Missenden Festival last year and premiered at the 2011 Little Missenden Festival. For the piece, Joe worked closely with librettist Martin Riley, and it was written specifically for baritone Roderick Williams and Chroma, who were the performers in the premiere. The British Composer Awards will take place at Goldsmiths Hall, London on 3rd December 2012.
Folk Music featured in British Composer Awards 10th Anniversary Gala Concert
Folk Music, which was the winning piece in the Chamber category of the 2008 British Composers Awards, will be featured in a special British Composer Awards 10th Anniversary Gala Concert, performed by the Endymion Ensemble. The concert will take place on Wednesday December 5th at the Purcell Room and will feature a range of works which have received awards over the last ten years in the British Composer Awards.
It's been quite a busy summer, with the Southbank performances of Ping! on July 14th, followed by a great week teaching at Dartington International Summer School. On August 17th, Joe was performing as a street sweeper as part of the John Cage Prom in the Proms Musicwalk where his Proms Commission, The Greatest Hits of Prince Consort Road was a part of the music walk. The piece, produced with the brilliant assistance of Luke Deane, can be heard at the Promswalk website
In august, Joe will be in the studio attending recording sessions for a new disc planned for next year. The disc included the Schubert Ensemble performing Slippery Music, and Darragh Morgan and Mary Dullea performing Comfortable Music. More details to follow.
Ping! On BBC Radio 3 on Saturday May 19th
Ping!, Joe's piece for the 2012 Cultural Olympics, will be broadcast on Saturday May 19th on BBC Radio 3's Hear and Now, starting at 10.30pm. You can listen for a week afterwards on the Radio 3 Hear and Now page. Ping! was premiered in March at Warwick Arts Centre, and performed as part of a Birmingham showcase of four New Music 20x12 commissions from Conservatoire based composers (Michael Wolters, Howard Skempton, Richard Causton and Joe) on 6th May at the A E Harris Building, home of theatre company Stan's Cafe. Ping! is written for string quartet (the Coull String Quartet), four table tennis players (from Fusion Table Tennis Club), and film (by artist Tom Dale). You can catch Ping! on June 16th at Fusion Table Tennis Club in South East London, and then on July 14th when it will feature at the South Bank Centre as part of a weekend's celebration of new music.
Publishing Contract with Cadenza Music
Joe has recently signed a publishing arrangement with Cadenza Music. Over the next few months, many of Joe's works will be becoming available from Cadenza Music.
Joe is currently putting the finishing touches to Ping!, a new work that is one of PRS Foundations 20x12 commissions for the Cultural Olympics. The piece is for string quartet, four table tennis players and film, and will be premiered on March 3rd at a special Music vs Table Tennis all day event at Warwick Arts Centre. Then, on Sunday May 6th Ping! will be performed in another all day event at the AE Harris Building in Birmingham, alongside other 20x12 commissions from Birmingham Conservatoire based composers Richard Causton, Howard Skempton and Michael Wolters. In June, Ping! will be performed at Fusion Table Tennis club and on the 14th and 15th July, it will be performed along with all the other 20 x 12 commissions at a special weekend of new music taking place at the South Bank Centre.
To watch a short interview with Joe about Ping!, click on this link
Premiere of "Chanticleer and the Opera Fox" with Roderick Williams and Chroma
Since July, Joe has been Composer-in-Residence at the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, and as part of the residency, he's just completed a new commission entitled Chanticleer and the Opera Fox which will be premiered on Sunday October 16th at the Little Missenden Festival. The piece is a collaboration with award-winning writer Martin Riley, and is a 25 minute theatrical work for baritone Roderick Williams and the chamber ensemble Chroma. The piece, which is aimed at audiences of all ages, is based upon the Nun's Tale from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. More details here
Portrait Concert at Stratford-on-Avon Music Festival
On Monday 17th October, three of Joe's works will be performed by Contemporary Consort at Stratford-on-Avon Music Festival. A short new commission from the festival, entitled "Hussle and Stomp" will be premiered, alongside Music for Parakeets and Bartlebooth. The concert is at 7.30 at the Shakespeare Institute. More details here
Joe has a busy summer looming. From 1st August to 8th August he will be teaching at the Ikon Arts Academy Summer School near Sibiu in Transylvania. He'll also be Composer in Residence at the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Telling Centre where he will be doing summer workshops. He'll also be writing a new piece with the writer Martin Riley to be premiered at the Little Missended Festival on October 16th by baritone Roderick Williams and Chroma. A short new commission will also be premiered on October 17th at the Stratford on Avon Music Festival by Contemporary Consort.
Roald Dahl Museum Residency
Joe will be taking part in a residency with the Roald Dahl Museum in Little Missenden, Bucks this summer and autumn. As part of the residency he will be writing a new work to be premiered at the Little Missenden Festival on October 16th inspired by Roald Dahl and performed by the wonderful baritone, Roderic Williams with Chroma. More details to follow.
Soundings 2011 at London's Austrian Cultural Forum, May 10th - 13th
Joe will be one of six featured composers at this years Soundings, an project organised by London's Austrian Cultural Forum to facilitate exchange and discussion between composers from the UK and Austria. The other featured composers are Ed Bennett, Emily Howard, Reinhard Fuchs, Johannes Maria Staud and Joanna Wozny. Over the four days there will be concerts, workshops and open discussions. There will also be a round table discussion with the six composers and Soundings composers in conversation with Andrew Burke, Andrew Kurowski, Matthias Losek and Clark Rundell on where contemporary music is now. Soundings
Smith Quartet release Folk Music on Signum Records
Joe's piece for string quartet "Folk Music" has recently been released on the Smith Quartet's new album entitled Dance on Signum Records. The disc includes short pieces inspired by dance forms by composers such as Donnacha Dennehy, Andrew Poppy, Django Bates, Michael Nyman, Graham Fitkin, Michael Finnissy and Gabriel Prokofiev.
It looks like a busy start of 2011. Joe goes to Paris on the January 22nd for the Paris premiere of his orchestral piece, Cinnamon Street. The piece is being performed by L'Orchestre Ateliers Ostinato in the Prima Musica series in Vincennes. On the 25th January he then heads to Bucharest for performances of Bartlebooth and Jiggadybox by Ensemble Profil at the Enescu Museum, followed by talk/seminars at the Bucharest University of Music the following day. The following week he'll be in Stockholm for an exchange project between Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal College of Music Stockholm's composition departments and on the way back, on Feb 4th Joe will be stopping in Amsterdam to hear September Music performed by Orkest de Ereprijs at the Muziekgebouw. Then, on February 6th, a new work entiled Pulpable Music will be performed by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group in their day of family concerts at the CBSO Centre (1.30pm and 4pm) conducted by Nicholas Collon. From there, it's up to Scotland for a week of concerts with the Scottish Ensemble where a new work entitled Equal Measured Music for electric violin (for the Ensemble's director Jonathan Morton), strings and electronics will be premiered. The tour starts in Aberdeen (8th Feb) followed by Inverness (9th), Perth (10th), Dundee (13th) and finishes at Queen's Hall, Edinburgh on the 14th. And from there its off to Apeldoorn in Holland where Joe will be one of the tutors at the Gaudeamus Young Composers Meeting.
Ping! commissioned for Cultural Olympiad
New Music 20x12 – Commissions Announced
Joe's proposal for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad has been selected for funding, alongside projects by Birmingham Conservatoire collegues Richard Causton, Howard Skempton and Michael Wolters. More details in the press release below:
"PRS for Music Foundation has just announced that composer Joe Cutler and the University of Warwick’s Coull Quartet will play a key role in one of 20 outstanding pieces of new music which will feature centre stage of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad as London hosts the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The twenty works commissioned for New Music 20x12 each last 12 minutes and offer a snapshot of the quality and diversity of new music in the UK. Each piece will be broadcast by BBC Radio 3 and tour the UK – ensuring as many people as possible have the opportunity to enjoy excellent new music as part of the celebrations in 2012.
The works selected for New Music 20x12 cover a wide range of genres, reflecting the diversity and richness of musical life in the UK - from contemporary classical, folk and opera in Scotland and Northern Ireland to bell ringing, beatboxing, jazz and music for brass band in England and Wales.
The Coull Quartet is the University of Warwick resident string quartet. Coull Cellist Nick Roberts said: “We are delighted that the Coull has been awarded a New Music 20x12 commission, with composer Joe Cutler, to celebrate the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. The new work, ‘Ping!’, will be scored for string quartet performing alongside table tennis players and it will explore the strong and distinct sounds and rhythms that table tennis players can create. It will be performed at Warwick Arts Centre, London's South Bank Centre, at various majot table tennis events in 2012, and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and we will use it in planned tours of UK, China and Brazil.”
Slippery Music broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on December 10th
Joe's recent commission for the Schubert Ensemble, Slippery Music, will be broadcast on Friday December 10th on BBC Radio 3 at lunchtime. The broadcast is from the premiere of the piece at this year's Cheltenham Festival.
A busy autumn of composing is looming including a new commission for the Scottish Ensemble. The piece, for solo electric violin and string orchestra will feature the group's director, Jonathan Morton soloist and will be toured around Scotland in February 2011. Joe is also working in a short piece for BCMG (Birmingham Contemporary Music Group) to be performed in their family concerts in Birmingham in February 2011.
Autumn CD releases include the recent work Sikorski B which is included on Noszferatu's debut album entitled Drempel. The CD will be released on NMC in October with concerts at the Forge, London and Birmingham in November.
New One Page Piece for Ignite!
A new one page piece has been commissioned by the Wigmore Hall and will be premiered on June 25th at the Wigmore Hall by Ignite!
Slippery Music at Cheltenham Festival and BBC Radio 3
Joe's new piano quartet, entitled Slippery Music, will be premiered by Schubert Ensemble at Cheltenham Festival at 11am on Tuesday July 6th and will also be broadcast on BBC Radio 3. It will be his third piece for the group following Jiggidybox for Chamber Music 2000 Project and Piano Quintet. The concert is at the Pitville Room and more details can be found at the festival website www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/music
BBC Radio 3's Pre-Hear features two works
On Saturday 27th February, two of Joe's works will be featured on BBC Radio 3's new music programme "Pre-Hear". On the programme, which starts at 10pm, you can hear recordings of Music for Cello and Strings played by Robin Michael with the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Charles Hazelwood, as well as Clavinova Music, played by Mary Dullea.
Commission for the Scottish Ensemble
Joe has been commissioned by the Scottish Ensemble to write a piece for solo violin, strings and electronics to be toured around Scotland in February 2011. The soloist will be the Scottish Ensemble's artistic director, Jonathan Morton.
CD Releases for Autumn 2010
Two of Joe's works are coming out on CD this coming autumn. The Smith Quartet are including "Folk Music" on their forthcoming disc on Signum, whilst Noszferatu's debut CD is coming out on NMC and will include Sikorski B.
Joe is currently at work on a Piano Quintet commissioned by the Schubert Ensemble to be premiered in July at this year's Cheltenham Festival, and a solo guitar piece commissioned by Tom Kerstens, which will also be performed in Cheltenham in May before being played at the Wigmore Hall in London.
Cinnamon Street in the Donnatella Flick International Conductors' Competition
Cinnamon Street will be the set work in the semi-final of the 2010 Donnatella Flick International Conductors' Competition which takes place at the Barbican Hall, London in November 2010. The ten semi-finalists will rehearse and perform the piece with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Symphony Orchestra.
Joe has just completed September Music for Orkest de Ereprijs, his fourth piece for the group. It will be premiered on October 29th at Musis Sacrem in Arnhem. He has also completed a short work for solo guitar entitled September Fragments which will be premiered this month by Tom Kerstens at the Sage, Gateshead and at King's Place, London.
Over the next few months, he will be working on new commissions for the Schubert Ensemble for the 2010 Cheltenham Festival and an extended work for solo guitar for Tom Kerstens to be premiered at the Wigmore Hall in May 2010. He is also working on a short work for the Backbeat Percussion Quartet entitled Country and Western Music for this year's Sound and Music Cutting Edge Series to be performed at the Warehouse in December 2009.
Joe is currently working with the librettist Peter Burt on a four minute opera for Tete-a-Tete entitled Toxic Assets, to be performed at Tete-a-Tete's "The Opera Festival" as one of their "Lite Bites". The festival runs from July 30th to August 16th at the Riverside Studios, Hammersmith and Toxic Assets will be performed throughout the festival
New York, Paris, Vienna and Shanghai
Over the next six weeks you can catch some of Joe's pieces in some exciting capital cities of the world. On May 8th and 9th, the Fidelio Trio and pianist Mary Dullea perform pieces by Joe as well as works by Ed Bennett, Claudia Molitor and Johannes Maria Staud at Die Alte Schmiede in Vienna. On May 31st, the Smith Quartet perform Folk Music at the Bang-on-a-Can Music Marathon in New York whilst on June 6th, the Barbirolli String Quartet perform Folk Music in Paris. And on June 7th the Fidelio Trio perform Archie at the Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre Performance Hall.
Joe has contributed a song to the new NMC Songbook which celebrates NMC's 20th birthday through the commissioning of 96 new songs from a wide range of British composers. Joe's song is entitled Bands (setting a poem by Richard Cutler) and is performed on the disc by Daniel Norman (Tenor) and Andrew Ball (Piano). All 96 songs are being premiered at King's Place, London between April 1st and 4th.
Archie in China
In June, the Fidelio Trio are touring Archie (for Piano Trio) around China. The tour includes performances in Shanghai, Beijing, Wuhan and Shenzhen (full details under performances)
Projects for 09/10
Joe has just completed Music for Sunflowers for Orchestra of the Swan. The piece will be be performed on May 4th at Spring Sounds Festival in Stratford conducted by David Curtis and with Viola soloist Philip Dukes. Forthcoming commissions over the next twelve months include a guitar commission for Tom Kerstens, a piece for Orkest de Ereprijs, and a new piano quartet for the Schubert Ensemble plus a number of shorter works including pieces for the Primrose Piano Quartet, Backbeat Percussion Ensemble, Oboist Christopher Redgate and Dutch ensemble To be Sung.
Award Success for Folk Music
Last night, (Tuesday 2nd December 2008) at the Law Society in London, Joe was presented with a prestigious British Composer Award for his work Folk Music.
What do Joe Cutler and Twiggy have in common?
Joe's CD, Bartlebooth is one of the "Critic's Choice - Chistmas gifts' in the December issue of Gramophone. Also, find out more about that Joe and Twiggy connection!
Double Nomination in British Composer Awards.
Two of Joe's recent pieces have been shortlisted for the 2008 British Composer Awards. Folk Music is shortlisted in the Chamber Category, whilst Akhmatova Fragments has been selected in the Vocal Category. The winners will be announced on December 2nd at the Law Society, London.
New Commissions for the Schubert Ensemble and Orchestra of the Swan
The Schubert Ensemble have recently commissioned Joe to write a Piano Quartet to be premiered in July 2009 at the Cheltenham International Music festival. This will be his second commission for the Schubert Ensemble, the first being "Piano Quintet" from 2002. He is also working on a new viola concerto for Rivka Golani and the Orchestra of the Swan to be premiered at the Springs Sounds festival in Stratford-on-Avon in May 2009.
Excellent reviews of Bartlebooth
Joe's new disk "Bartlebooth" has been receiving excellent reviews since it was released in June. The Guardian described it as containing "beautifully crafted music of great energy and creative energy" whilst the Scotsman mentioned "the one singular presence is Cutler's alluring musical personality". Gramophone described In Praise of Dreams as being "the most arresting English song-cycle for years" and the disc is Recording of the Month at musicweb.
Joe recently completed a short song entitled Bands for the forthcoming NMC Songbook CD which will be recorded in late august by the tenor Daniel Norman and pianist Andrew Ball. At the beginning of September, Urban Myths will be released on the Dutch Attacca Babel label performed by Harry Sparnaay (bass clarinet) and Annelie de Man (Harpsichord). He is currently working on a short piece for cello and piano for Lionel Handy and Nigel Clayton entitled Music for Parakeets and a short piece for Orkest de Ereprijs entitled Chorale for Wim Megans, in memory of Wim Megans who was a co-founder of Orkest de Ereprijs.
Music for Cello and Strings on BBC Radio 3
Music for Cello and Strings will be featured on Saturday July 26th on CD Review on BBC Radio 3, whilst on Sunday July 27th the same piece will be the explored and performed, alongside Grieg's Holberg Suite on Discovering Music with Charles Hazelwood conducting the BBC Concert Orchestra. The soloist is Robin Michael.
CD Released on NMC on June 16th
Joe's first portrait disc will be released on NMC on Monday June 16th, The disc features the pieces Bartlebooth, Archie, Buckley's Hot Licks, Sal's Sax, In Praise of Dreams, Music for Cello and Strings and Clavinova Music. The performers are the Fidelio Trio (with Andrew Sparling), Mary Dullea, Orkest de Ereprijs, BBC Concert Orchestra with Charles Hazelwood and Robin Michael, Sarah Leonard and Stephen Gutman. For more details or to order a copy go to nmc records
New Commissions for 2008/9
New works for 2008 include a first choral work commissioned by Chin-Ju City Chorus in South Korea, a song for baritone and piano for the NMC 20th Aniversary Songbook, a piece for violist Rivka Golani and Orchestra of the Swan, a new work for Orkest de Ereprijs and a commission from Linz City of Culture 2009 for a piece for Toy Piano to be performed and choreographed in a circus!
Portrait CD released by NCM
Joe's portrait disc entitled Bartlebooth has now been fully recorded and will be released by NMC in early June. The CD includes the works Bartlebooth, Archie, Buckley's Hot Licks, Sal's Sax, In Praise of Dreams, Music for Cello and Strings and Clavinova Music. The performers are the Mary Dullea, Andrew Sparling, Darragh Morgan, Robin Michael, Orkest de Ereprijs, Sarah Leonard and Stephen Gutman and the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Charles Hazelwood.
New Commission for Sarah Leonard and the Goldberg Ensemble
Joe is about to start work on a new piece commissioned by the Goldberg Ensemble for their UK contemporary music tour in February and March 2008. The piece will be for the soprano Sarah Leonard and eleven solo strings and will set texts by the twentieth century Russian poet Anna Akhmatova. Sarah will also be performing Joe's song cycle In Praise of Dreams on December 6th at Cadogan Hall, with the pianist Malcolm Martineau.
BBC Concert Orchestra play Music for Cello and Strings
On November 29th, the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Charles Hazelwood will perform Music for Cello and Strings at the Watford Coliseum with Robin Michael as soloist. The concert is being recorded for BBC Radio 3's Discovering Music and will also be included on the debut all-Cutler disc to be released by NMC in March 2008. The concert is at 2.30pm and tickets are available from the BBC Ticket Line.
Three pieces featured at the 2007 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
This year's Huddersfield Contemporary Music festival features three pieces (by Joe). On Thursday 22nd November, the Hudderfield University New Music ensemble conducted by Barrie Webb will be performing Sal's Sax (alongside Louis Andriessen's De Stijl) and on Friday 23rd Novermber, SCAW are performing Urban Myths. Sunday 25th sees the world premiere of Folk Music performed by the Smith Quartet (alongside music by Louis Andriessen, Michael Gordon and Steve Martland).
The second half of 2007 has been a busy time with plenty ofnew piecesincluding Skempton's Law for string trio (premiered in July by Chroma),Comfortable Music for violin and piano (commissioned by Stratford onAvon Festival for Ruth Rogers and Martin Cousin), Two Songs of Colourfor soprano and cello (premiered by Sarah Leonard and Robin Michael atthe Warehouse in october), Folk Music for string quartet (to bepremiered at the 2007 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival by theSmith Quartet), and the finished touches are just being put to SikorskiB for alto saxophone, piano and percussion (to be toured by Noszferatuin December and early 2008).
CD of NMC
In April, recording gets underway for a new CD of Joe Cutler'sworks to be released in early 2008 on NMC.The CD will feature the works In Praise of Dreams performed by Sarah Leonard and Stephen Gutman, Bartlebooth and Archie with the Fidelio Trio and guest clarinetist Andrew Sparling, Urban Myths with Ephyra, Buckley's Hot Licks and Clavinova Music performed by pianist Mary Dullea and Music for Cello and Strings featuring soloist Robin Michaelwith the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Charles Hazlewood.
Cinnamon Street Premiere in Glasgow and Edinburgh
Cinnamon Street, a co-commission from theScottish and Swedish Chamber Orchestras, was premiered at City Hall, Glasgow and at the Queen's Hall, Edinburgh on March 24th and 25th respectively. The piece, which was inspired by the writings of the early twentieth Century Polish-Jewish writer Bruno Schultz, was performed by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Joseph Swenson. The piece's next outing will be on November 16th when theSwedish Chamber Orchestra, conducted by HK Gruber, perform the work at the Konserthus, Orebro in a programme to include HK Gruber's Frankenstein and Steve Mackey's Percussion Concerto (with Collin Currieas soloist).
Commission from Orchestra Of The Swan
Joe has just been commissioned to write a new work for fluteand string orchestra by the Orchestra of he Swan to premiered onFebruary 27th 2007 at the Civic Hall, Stratford conducted by the Swan'sprincipal conductor David Curtis.
Ulf to receive Irish Premiere
Ulf, commissioned by the LSO, will receive its Irish Premiere on January 16th when the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland perform the work at the National Concert Hall, Dublin with Colman Pearce conducting. The programme has been programmed by Northern Irish composer Ed Bennett (in conjunction with Lyric FM) and features two works by Ed, and a work by Bryan Irvine.
Ulf premiered by the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican.
Ulf, a Sound Adventures commission from the London Symphony Orchestra sound adventures was premiered on May 5th at the Barbican, conducted by Paul Watkins.
Composer-In-Association with The London Strings
Joe has recently been appointed Composer-in-Association with The London Strings. The orchestra, whose principal conductor is Richard Llewellyn, gave the premiere of Joe's Music for Cello and Strings at St Johns Smith Square in June 2005 and will commissiontwo new works over the next three years. Joe will also be involved withcontemporary programming and outreach. In May 2007, the London Stringswill give the London premiere of a new work for String Orchestra.