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Chris Cutler solo & duet with Giorgos Varoutas at Underflow


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Chris Cutler has been a key figure in vanguard music for more than four decades.

In 1971, he began playing drums for experimental rock outfit Henry Cow, which combined rock, improvised music, avant-garde composition, and left-wing politics, and collaborated with like-minded groups such as Soft Machine, Slapp Happy, and Gong.

Following Henry Cow's dissolution in 1978, Cutler went on to found a number of other groups (Art Bears, Cassiber, etc.) and to perform wih Pere Ubu, Aksak Maboul and The Residents. In the past three decades, he has been a significant presence on the British free improvisation scene, working with Eddie Prevost, Eugene Chadbourne, Fred Frith, Otomo Yoshihide, Zeena Parkins, and others.

Cutler has been equally important as a musical organizer, distributor, and theorist. In 1978, he formed ''Rock in Opposition'', a collective of mucisians dedicated to resisting the power of the commercial music industry. The same year, he founded Recommended Records (ReR), ''an alternative, independent, non-commercial record distribution, mailorder network and label.

From 2012 Cutler has been curating a series of podcasts/lectures entitled "Probes" that examine the history of music from the invention of sound recording to the present day. The series was commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art, Barcelona, and published and broadcast by Quaderns d'àudio/Ràdio Web MACBA. Probes illustrates Cutler’s lucid analysis with excerpts of records from his wide-ranging collection.
His essays have consistently pursued the ideal of a genuinely democratic culture.




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