N.O.R.M.A + Cutler, Chris
L'Arpa e L'Asino (The Harp and the Donkey)
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Label: Recommended Records
Catalog ID: ReR NORMA1
Squidco Product Code: 869
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Chris Cutler-drums, electronics, objects
Vincenzo Vasi-electric bass, vocals
Giorgio Casadei-electric guitar
Tiziano Popoli-keyboards, sampler, piano
Massimo Simonini-keyboards, sampler, turntables [CD's, records, tapes, objects], saxophone [soprano, alto, tenor]
Stefano Zorzanello-soprano saxophone, flute, piccolo flute
Gerard Antonio Coatti-trombone
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"New work in 3 parts (1) Cinema - based on the Satie piece - a chameleon of a composition that changes every few seconds. A remarkable work remarkably recorded and mixed, (2) duo pieces for samplers, turntables and such by Massimo Simonini and Tiziano Popoli, universally great and imaginative, (3) NORMA live. " - ReR Megacorp
• Show Bio for Chris Cutler
"Chris Cutler started messing about with banjo, guitar and trumpet at school, settling for drums and playing shadows and other instrumental covers in his first band in 1963. Subsequently he played in R'n'B and Soul Bands, winding up in 1967 playing in London's psychedelic clubs. At the start of the seventies, with Dave Stewart, he co-founded The Ottawa Music Co, a 22 piece Rock composer's orchestra, eventually joining British experimental group Henry Cow with whom he toured, recorded and worked in dance and theatre projects until it's demise in 1978. In 1977 Henry Cow, The Mike Westbrook Orchestra and Frankie Armstrong formed a big-band and toured around Europe. After Henry Cow, Cutler went on to co-found a series of mixed national groups Art Bears, News from Babel, Cassiber, The (ec) Nudes, P53 and The Science Group. He was a permanent member of American bands Pere Ubu, Hail and The Wooden Birds and now works sporadically with John Rose, Fred Frith, Zeena Parkins, Iancu Dumitrescu, Peter Blegvad and Stevan Tickmayer.
Other lasting collaborations have included Aqsak Maboul (Belgium), Lussier/Derome and Les Quatre Guitaristes (Canada), The Kalahari Surfers (Africa), Perfect Trouble (Germany), Between (Sweden), N.O.R.M.A., (Italy), Telectu (Portugal), Mieku Shimuzu (Japan),The Hyperion Ensemble (Romania), The Film Music Orchestra, 'Oh Moscow', Gong, The Work and Towering Inferno (UK), The Residents (USA), and stateless Tense Serenity and Mirror Man. There have also been countless improvisational groupings and solo performances. Recent projects include Radio pieces with Lutz Glandien and Shelly Hirsch, Live Soundtrack for Carl Dreher's Vampyr (with Italians Musci and Venosta), his Timescales project and work with David Thomas and Linda Thompson.
He also founded and runs the independent label and distribution service ReR/Recommended and, until 1991, the East European specialist label Points East. He is editor of the New Music magazine Unfiled and author of the theoretical book File Under Popular as well as of numerous articles and papers published in 14 languages. He lectures intermittently on theoretical and music related topics. He has appeared on more than 100 recordings."-Chris Cutler Website (http://www.ccutler.com/)
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