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Thomas Schuttenhelm

Philadelphia, PA         

Thomas Schuttenhelm is an American composer and guitarist whose compositions have a strong conceptual component exhibiting an ‘intentional belatedness’ that gives expression to the post-historical conditions of the 21st century. His music uses embodied programs and celebrates in allusions to the musical, literary, poetic, visual, and theatrical influences that resonate throughout his compositions.

His compositions are commonly the result of collaborations with musicians, poets, actors and artists, and the music he writes is often as much ‘about’ the people he collaborates with as it is for them perform. For over a decade he has been performing with soprano Sarah (Hersh) Armstrong and has given collaborative concerts with Cuban-American poet Rafael Oses. Recently he has collaborated and composed works for the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra, Duo Montagnard (Interspheres), Duo Orfeo, the La’ Ventus Saxophone Quartet, the Kaleidos World Music Duo, and the Leonard-Smith Duo. In November 2017 his music was featured on the Intermix Series and performed by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. He is a featured artist on the forthcoming recording by Chorosynthesis (Spring 2019). His work “What The Thunder Said” was premiered in 2018 by the New American Mandolin Ensemble in London and Oxford (U.K.). His cantata for baritone and choir: The Seven Living Words of the HIV Positive was premiered in Los Angeles in December 2018. This will receive a second performance in CT in April 2019. He is presently working on a commission for the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra brass quintet for an interactive performance at the New Britain Museum of American Art using the photography of Kim Keevers as its conceptual influence. 

In addition to his collaborations, he often curates and performs solo recitals. He recently released a recording of all the guitar music of Tom Johnson (August 2012). His compositions can be heard on numerous recordings and have been performed throughout the country and abroad by such artists as: the Adaskin String Trio; Tempo del Fuoco (Sarah Larsen, violin; and Nick Cutroneo, guitar), the Alturas Duo (Scott Hill, guitar; and Carlos Boltes, viola), Yves Clement (guitar) and Roberto Aronico (viola); classical guitarists: Eliot Fisk, Jason Vieaux, Frank Wallace, Aaron Larget-Caplan, Yovianna Garcia and the Kaliedos Duo (with Taiwanese percussionist Sayung Chang), John Birt, Nick Cutroneo, Daniel Hartington, Alex Walker, Daniel Salazar and the Hartford Festival Orchestra; pianist Paul Bisaccia, the Goldspiel-Provost Classical Guitar Duo, bassist Robert Black (Bang on A Can All-Stars), Volkan Orhon, the Connecticut Trio, the Connecticut Yankee Chorale, and the Lexington Philharmonic. His piano music was featured on the PBS (WGBY- Springfield, WGBH-Boston) special “The Great American Piano.” He has performed electric guitar with the FIREWORKS Ensemble, a contemporary music ensemble; collaborated with the Wellspring Dance Company, a performance art company based in New York; toured with Purple Rock Productions, a diverse theater group, performing on guitar and balalaika; and was a composer-performer member of the Boston Public Works Contemporary Music Series held at Harvard University. He is a member of the Restless Guitar Ensemble and the contemporary music ensemble Live Wires. He is the Artistic Director for Network for New Music in Philadelphia. 

Récitatif (from Six Moments Musical for clarinet & guitar)

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A Repeal of Reticence

performed by the Alturas Duo

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Discanti 1

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