We are delighted to announce that Joe Cutler, a hugely influential yet unclassifiable figure on the UK contemporary music scene has joined Composers Edition. Working on the cusps of the contemporary classical, post-minimalist and jazz scenes, his Composers Edition catalogue will initially include twenty-one of his works ranging from solos, vocal and chamber pieces to large symphonic works.
“I’m really excited to be publishing my work through Composers Edition. I’ve known Dan Goren for nearly twenty years and have been really impressed with the way that CE has developed in recent years. It’s also wonderful to be in a catalogue that includes so many fantastic composers, many of whom are also good friends,” says the award-winning composer.
With collaborators ranging from the London Symphony Orchestra to Evan Parker and Orkest de Ereprijs to Vince Mendoza, Joe’s music has been performed in over 40 countries and on six continents including the Bang-on-a-Can Music Marathon (New York), Gaudeamus Music Week (Amsterdam and Utrecht), Opera City (Tokyo), Musik Monat (Basle), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), London Jazz Festival and the BBC Proms.
He has worked both in the concert hall and outside, collaborating with visual artists such as Tom Dale, Jaap Drupsteen and Gary Ward and writing the incidental music for the National Theatre, London’s multi-award winning production of Charlotte Jones’ Humble Boy which subsequently transferred to the West End and Broadway. Ping!, a collaboration with the Coull String Quartet, Fusion Table Tennis Club and artist Tom Dale, was one of the highlights of the 2012 London Cultural Olympiad.
In 2008 a portrait CD entitled Bartlebooth was released on NMC and was one of Gramophone Magazine’s Top 20 Releases of the Year. This was followed in 2014 by Boogie Nights released on Birmingham Record Company. A third solo disc is scheduled for release on NMC in 2018.
In 2008 he was awarded the British Composer Award in the chamber music category for Folk Music, written for the Smith Quartet, whilst in 2016 he received the British Composer Award in the jazz category for Karembeu’s Guide to the Complete Defensive Midfielder, a commission from Emulsion Sinfonietta. Since 2000 he has been a founder member of the collective Noszferatu, and since 2005 he has been Head of Composition at Birmingham Conservatoire.
You can hear Emulsion Sinfonietta perform Karembeu’s Guide to the Complete Defensive Midfielder on BBC Radio 3 Hear and Now this Saturday March 11th. March 28th, as part of Birmingham Conservatoire’s No Frontiers festival, the Fidelio Trio perform a Joe Cutler portrait concert featuring 7 works including two very recent pieces, McNulty and 2016 was a sad year for pop music. On March 31st, Thallein Ensemble will give the UK premiere of Boogie Nights also as part of No frontiers festival.