May 2022 Online Meeting: Patterson/Sutton Duo

Thursday, May 26, 2022, at 7:00 PM EST

Online Zoom meeting — click here to join

Eclectic Influences: An In-Depth Look at Stephen Goss’s Park of Idols for Cello & Guitar  

An in-depth, multi-media discussion of the eclectic influences and compositional process that shaped Stephen Goss’s Park of Idols, and an examination of the strengths of cello and guitar as chamber music partners.

The musical “idols” from whom Goss drew inspiration for the work included Frank Zappa, Dmitri Shostakovich, Pat Metheney, Allan Holdsworth and Robert Fripp. Each of the six movements pays homage to the “idols” by quoting or referencing their music. We explore these references by providing side-by-side comparisons, theoretical analysis and a live performance of each movement. The set culminates in a kaleidoscopic pastiche of avant-garde rock and jazz that deftly displays the myriad stylistic capabilities of cello and guitar.

The presentation will be followed by our Open Mic. Sign up in advance to play — see the Member Events page for details. NYCCGS Member Events are free and open to all members and first-time guests.

Dr. Kimberly Patterson and Dr. Patrick Sutton formed their cello and guitar duo in 2011 as doctoral students at the University of Colorado in Boulder. This collaboration has led to recitals, residencies and lectures throughout the United States and abroad. In May of 2013, the Patterson/Sutton Duo released their debut album, “Cold Dark Matter: Music for Cello & Guitar,” on the MSR Classics label which The Strad praised for its “Wit and imagination”. Dušan Bogdanovi? declared: “Everything [on Cold Dark Matter] is performed with excellence and sensitivity. I especially like the beautiful tone and sense of lyricism, though the virtuosity of both is apparent.”

In January of 2014, they held a guest artist residency at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul, where they worked with the budding generation of young Afghan Musicians and gave a performance at the Canadian Embassy of Afghanistan. The duo has presented lecture-recitals at the 2014 Guitar Foundation of America Convention, and more recently at the 2016 International Guitar Research Center Conference at the University of Surrey. Soundboard magazine called their GFA talk “a deeply inspiring analysis and performance”. The Patterson/Sutton duo recently presented concerts as guest artists at the University of Denver, 2016 GFA Convention, Front Range Chamber Players and Baurs Listening Lounge. Upcoming concerts include a recital at the University of Colorado Guitar Festival and a recital through the Denver Friends of Chamber Music Series. 

The Patterson/Sutton Duo is committed to the cello and guitar genre and seeks to broaden its horizons through concertizing, recording and commissioning new works. Ms. Patterson holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Julliard School and the University of Colorado. Mr. Sutton holds degrees from the University of Denver and the University of Colorado.