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Rick (Mr. CutTime) Robinson

Detroit, MI            

Bassist-composer Rick Robinson only began composing following some years of transcribing dozens of symphonic hits for a mixed octet (CutTime Players) he started with principal musicians of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra to perform outreach and educational services. Launching CutTime Simfonica (strings) in 2010 with a dozen new works featuring conventional techniques often blending with familiar urban pop, Robinson instigated what he now calls American Romanticism or new classical to reset classical for curious new listeners.

Middle American Classical

These tracks demonstrate the blend of fine and pop art expressionism Robinson has developed. It includes a reading of an elegy called First Grief, which he wrote after his father’s death in 2011.
City of Trees is a dramatic story outlining the gauntlet studious inner-city students walk between school and home.
A programmatic work Gitcha Groove On! represents a symphony player taking a night on the town looking for a dance groove to fit his mood.
All string works are scored 2 vln, 2 vla, vc and bass, today adding percussion.

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CutTime Simfonica’s Gitcha Groove On! CD Promo

This YouTube video promotes the Gitcha Groove On! CD project and it’s intended impact touching the broader community. Video production is by Studio Lumumba of Detroit.

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Robinson – Highland Park, MI: City of Trees (quintet version)

This 9-minute work organically blends several genres for a strong drama. What that drama ultimately becomes is up to the listener and private, until one can articulate their vision. This is no different than a Schubert string quartet and explains why they have generic titles. The difference is that modern listeners might recognize their own humanity more easily with elements of recently popular musical styles. In ‘City of Trees’ both large and small chunks of hip-hop, Latin, funk, jazz and gospel are woven into thick tapestries.

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