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Cold dark matter


Patterson / Sutton Duo

Praised by The Strad for their "Wit and imagination", The trailblazing cello and guitar duo of Dr. Kimberly Patterson and Dr. Patrick Sutton are known for their passionate performances and engaging stage presence as they bring the rich cello and guitar repertoire to audiences around the world. The duo have been featured on Performance Today on American Public Media, Radio New Zealand, Fine Music Radio South Africa, among others. Featured artists at the 2016 Guitar Foundation of America Convention, the Patterson/Sutton Duo frequently concertizes throughout the United States and abroad with recent engagements as Juilliard Global Visiting Artists.  
Formed in 2011 as doctoral students at the University of Colorado in Boulder, the Patterson/Sutton duo released their debut album, “Cold Dark Matter: Music for Cello & Guitar,” on the MSR Classics label in May of 2013 to critical acclaim. Composer, Dušan Bogdanović 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.” 
The Patterson/Sutton Duo are strong believers in the transformative power of educational outreach. Funded by the US State Department, the duo held a guest artist residency at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul in 2014, where they worked with the budding generation of young Afghan Musicians and gave a performance at the Canadian Embassy of Afghanistan. More recently, The Juilliard School sent the duo to Vietnam as guest artists to perform and teach at schools throughout the country as part of the Julliard/Nord Anglia global intuitive. 
Their research in the field of cello and guitar music has culminated in lecture-recitals at the 2016 International Guitar Research Center Conference at the University of Surrey and the 2014 Guitar Foundation of America Convention. Soundboard magazine called their GFA talk “a deeply inspiring analysis and performance”. The Patterson/Sutton duo have presented concerts as guest artists at Shanghai Conservatory, the University of Denver, 2016 GFA Convention, University of Colorado Guitar Festival, Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, the University of Memphis, Denver Friends of Chamber Music Series, Knoxville Guitar Society, and the Front Range Chamber Players, to name a few. Upcoming concerts include performances at Tulane University, the Clyfford Still Museum and the Princeton Symphony Chamber Series. 
Dr. Patterson holds degrees from the Juilliard School, the Cleveland Institute of Music and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Dr. Sutton holds degrees from the University of Denver and the University of Colorado at Boulder. The duo became husband and wife in June of 2017.
Cello - Kimberly Patterson

Guitar - Patrick Sutton
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concert schedule

3.20.2016       International Guitar Research Center. University of Surrey, Guildford, England

6.21.2016       Guitar Foundation of America Convention. Featured Artist Recital

2.11.2017       CU Guitar Festival at University of Colorado. Boulder, CO

2.14.2017       St. John's Cathedral. Denver, CO

3.20.2017       University of Southern Mississippi. Hattiesburg, Mississippi 

4.9.2017        Clyfford Still Museum. Friends of Chamber Music Series. Denver, CO

8.10.2017       National Flute Association Convention. Minneapolis, MN

9.2.2017        Knoxville Guitar Society. Knoxville, TN

11.5.2017       Trinity By The Cove Concert Series. Naples, Florida  

11.12.2017      Memphis Chamber Music Society. Memphis, TN

11.20-21.2017   Juilliard Global Visiting Artists - Hanoi, Vietnam

11.22-23.2017   Juilliard Global Visiting Artists - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

11/28-12/1.2017 Shanghai Conservatory Preparatory School. Guest Artist Residency. Shanghai, China 

3.7.2018        Tulane University. New Orleans, LA

4.13.2018       Juilliard Global Visiting Artists - NAISNY. New York, NY

4.14.2018       Princeton Symphony Gala. Princeton, NJ 

4.15.2018       Stonebridge at Montgomery. Princeton, NJ

4.15.2018       Institute for Advanced Study. Princeton, NJ

4.16.2018       Monroe Township Public Library. Princeton, NJ

4.16.2018       Stonebridge at Montgomery. Princeton, NJ

4.15.2018       Princeton Windrows. Princeton, NJ   

5.13.2018       Clyfford Still Museum. Friends of Chamber Music Series. Denver, CO

5.16-19.2018    Naxos Recording sessions w/ flutist Cobus du Toit. New Haven, CT

6.2.2018        Cheyenne Guitar Society. Cheyenne, Wyoming 

6.11-13.2018    Recording Sessions for forthcoming Patterson/Sutton Duo album.

10.24.2018      Tulane University. New Orleans, LA

11.7-11.2018    Saigon Guitar Festival. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam  



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Cold Dark Matter

by Patterson/Sutton Duo

"Wit and imagination." - The Strad (October 2013)

"Everything is performed with excellence and sensitivity. I especially like the beautiful tone and the sense of lyricism, though the virtuosity of both is apparent." - Dusan Bogdanovic

"What a great record, I love the Bogdanovic pieces. Really beautiful playing throughout the CD, expressive, poignant in places and ballsy when it needs to be." - Stephen Goss

They are brilliant... Great music and a very living interpretation. - Jaime Zenamon