Michael Cutting is a Manchester-based composer working in the blurred area between contemporary classical and experimental electronic music. In his attempts to develop a musical language somewhere between instrumental music and the whirring and clicking of old tape recorders, Michael’s works tend to emphasize the physicality of performance. His current I AM A STRANGE LOOP series is an ongoing cycle of works, ranging from solo to orchestral, which explores this relationship of acoustic and electronic mediums, as well as concepts of looping, repetition and variation, and self-reference. The culmination will be a large-scale music theatre piece for voices, ensemble, electronics and live video to be performed in 2016.
Michael has been awarded numerous young composer awards including the BBC Proms Young Composition Competition (2006), the Christopher Brooks Memorial Prize (2008), Sound and Music's Francis Chagrin Award (2013), RPS Composition Prize (2013), LSO Panufnik Prize (2014), and Sound and Music's Next Wave project (2014). He has worked closely with such groups and performers as Ensemble Intercontemporain, Exaudi, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Namascae Lemanic Modern Ensemble, London Sinfonietta, Endymion Ensemble, Manchester Camerata, Composers Ensemble, Lontano, Lancashire Sinfonietta, BBC Singers, Sarah Nicolls and RNCM Symphony Orchestra, as well as curators such as Park Lane Group and Nonclassical. His music has been performed in Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall, Purcell Room, Le Centquatre(Paris), The Anvil (Basingstoke), Royaumont Abbey, Dartington Hall, Zurich Hochschule, The Forge (Camden), Limewharf and RNCM Concert Hall.
Michael studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Gary Carpenter, Adam Gorb and David Horne, completing his Masters with Distinction and the Soroptomist Award in 2011. Michael is now working towards a PhD at Kings College London, supervised by George Benjamin. He also attended Dartington Summer School 2012, Royaumont's Voix Nouvelles Composition Course 2013 studying with Brian Ferneyhough, Oscar Bianchi and Fabien Lévy, IRCAM's Manifeste 2014, and Impuls 2015, taking lessons with Beat Furrer, Georg Nussbaumer and Klaus Lang.
Michael co-curates OHNO, a series of nights supported by Sound and Music's Danish-UK Composer-Curator programme, collaborating with Joe Snape, Sandra Boss and Soren Kjaergaard. The first event was a weekend in Cafe Oto in April 2014, bringing together a diverse range of artists from the UK, Denmark, Germany and the US. Featured guests included Anders Lauge Meldgaard, Simon Steen-Andersen, Theresa Wong, ACM Ensemble and Slip Discs.
The follow up event will take place in Copenhagen sometime in 2015, with the support of SNYK.
In January 2012, Michael co-founded ACM Ensemble along with fellow composer Vitalija Glovackyte. Orginally focused on bringing recent international masterpieces to the UK, ACM has worked closely with such influential composers as Hans Abrahamsen (on his work Schnee) and Simon Steen-Andersen (Amid and re-rendered) in its first year. It is also committed to supporting emerging composers and has so far commissioned new works by 10 composers, including the 40-minute multimedia work EIGHTFEET.COM by Vitalija Glovackyte.
In 2013 the ensemble was awarded an MBF Emerging Excellence Award to establish a close working relationship with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic's Ensemble 10/10. As well as performing in venues such as Cafe OTO, RNCM, International Anthony Burgess Centre, ACM has performed in festivals such as Manchester's New Music North West Festival 2013, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2013 and 2014, and the two-day festival OHNO in Cafe OTO.
Commissioned through the LSO Panufnik Scheme.
New work commissioned by Divertimento Ensemble as part of their "Feeding Music" composition competition
Performed by Sarah Nicolls, Olly Lowe, Dan Halford and Sound Intermedia, as part of Sound and Music's Next Wave project.
Performed by Ensemble Intercontemporain and Exaudi, during IRCAM's Manifeste Academie 2014.
Performed by Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Clark Rundell. Commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society.
Performed by Robbie Gardiner, and ACM Ensemble as part of the OHNO weekend in Cafe OTO, curated by Joe Snape, Sandra Boss, Soren Kjaergaard and myself.
Written in collaboration with clarinetist Robbie Gardiner and the Zurich Hochschule's ICST institute, this work for the newly created SABRe bass clarinet was premiered by Robbie in the University, with further performances in Paris, London and Manchester.
A collaborative project between 8 composers, performed by ACM Ensemble, as part of the New Music North West Festival 2013.
Lontano Ensemble, directed by Odaline de la Martinez.
Kings College London.
Composers Ensemble, directed by Jack Symonds.
Dartington Hall, as part of the Dartington Summer School Advanced Composition Course 2012.
I AM A STRANGE LOOP I (2013)
SABRe bass clarinet & electronics. Premiered by Robbie Gardiner in Cafe OTO, April 2014.
I AM A STRANGE LOOP II (2014)
for large ensemble. Commissioned by Royal Philharmonic Society, performed by Philharmonia Orchestra in the Royal Festival Hall, May 2014.
I AM A STRANGE LOOP III (2014)
Inside-out piano, percussion & 3 cassette players. Part of Sound and Music's Next Wave Scheme, performed by Sarah Nicolls, Olly Lowe and Dan Halford in St Pauls Hall during HCMF, November 2014.
clock in, on, out (2014)
for soprano, bass and ensemble (fl,cl,bsn,hn,tpt,tbn,perc,2vln,vla,vc,db).
Performed by Exaudi (Juilet Fraser and Jimmy Holliday) and Ensemble Intercontemporain at Le CentQuatre, Paris.
Artificial White (2013)
for soprano and ensemble (sax,perc,pno,2vln,vla,vc)
Performed by Hélène Walter and Lemanic Namascae Ensemble at Royaumont, Paris.
i can't go on, i'll go on (2013)
for ensemble (bcl,hn,tpt,tbn,perc,pno)
Performed by Lontano Ensemble, Kings College London.
Tape Talk, Flutter and Warp as part of FLECK EP - a limited run of CDRs with music by Joe Snape, Vitalija Glovackyte and Michael Cutting, with handmade artowrk by Michael Holland, released on Manchester's DIY label Ono. A companion release to ACM and Joe Snape's Fleck tour in May and June 2015. Available to download from Boomkat.
I AM A STRANGE LOOP III released on NMC's Next Wave album, in collaboration with Sound and Music. Performed by Sarah Nicolls, Olly Lowe and Dan Halford. Available to download from NMC's website, and itunes.
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