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Chris Cutler

Co-founded The Ottawa Music Company at the start of the ‘70s, a 22-piece Rock composer’s orchestra, before joining British experimental group Henry Cow with whom he toured, recorded and worked in dance and theatre projects over the next 8 years. After which, he co co-founded, recorded and toured with a series of mixed national groups: Art Bears, News from Babel, Cassiber, The (ec) Nudes, The Science Group and p53 and was a permanent member of the American bands Pere Ubu, Hail and The Wooden Birds. Outside a succession of special projects for stage, theatre, film and radio he still works intermittently with Fred Frith, Zeena Parkins, Jon Rose, Tim Hodgkinson, David Thomas, Peter Blegvad, Daan Vandewalle, Stevan Tickmayer, Annie Gosfield, Lotte Anker and the spectralist Hyperion Ensemble. He is a permanent member of The Bad Boys (Cage, Stockhausen, Fluxus &c.), Himmel (for massed fuzz organs), Nimmersat and Half The Sky, and works internationally as an improviser with all the usual suspects in all the usual contexts. He has also performed just about everywhere as a soloist with his extended electrified kit. Adjacent projects include commissioned works for radio, various live movie soundtracks, Signe de Trois for surround-sound projection, a daily year-long soundscape project for Resonance FM and p53 for Orchestra and Soloists. He is currently producing the radio lecture series, Probes, for the Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona.

He founded and runs the independent label ReR Megacorp and the art distribution service Gallery and Academic, is editor of the occasional sourcebook Unfiled, author of the book File Under Popular – and many articles and papers published in 16 languages. He was on faculty for a while at the Museum School in Boston and lectures irregularly on theoretical music-related topics worldwide. He has appeared on over 160 recordings.