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David Cutler with Project Piñata – “Swinging with a Blindfold”

KST Presents

July 17 | 7:30 PM

Indian rhythms, Bulgarian weddings, salsa montuno, Bach Minuets, nuevo tango, techno grooves, Klezmer dance, jazz licks, country twang, and Schumann tunes together as one.

Co-presented by Chamber Music Pittsburgh

Project Piñata is a virtuosic, genre-hopping trio made up of David Cutler (piano), Craig Butterfield (bass), and Marc Widenhofer (drums). As the name implies, they love taking perfectly good music and smashing it wide open with hopes of discovering surprising sweetness on the inside. No musical style is off limits, having re-imagined everything from tango to twelve-tone to Turkish to Tchaikovsky to techno, and even some genres beginning with letters beyond “T.” For this concert, they are delighted to be joined by violinist Erika Cutler.

David Cutler balances a varied career as a jazz and classical composer, pianist, educator, arranger, conductor, collaborator, concert producer, author, blogger, consultant, speaker, advocate, and entrepreneur. In all these pursuits, he works to push boundaries while connecting with new audiences.

As a frequent performer with artists like Boston Brass, New Century Saxophone Quartet, and Indian kathak dancer Cynthia Ling Lee, he stretches what it means to be a musical collaborator: interacting with audiences, incorporating choreography, playing secondary instruments. His eclectic compositional output has been commissioned by artists such as the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Classical Orchestra of Milan, Korean Chamber Ensemble, and Airmen of Note Air Force Big Band.

One of the world’s leading voices on arts entrepreneurship, Dr. Cutler’s book The Savvy Musician helps musicians build a career, earn a living, and make a difference. He serves as the Director of Music Entrepreneurship at the University of South Carolina.

Part of KST’s East Liberty LIVE! summer series, sponsored by PNC and Yelp Pittsburgh


Event Details

David Cutler with Project Piñata – Swinging with a Blindfold
Thursday, July 17 :: 7:30 PM
Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave :: Map