Cold dark matter


Patterson / Sutton Duo

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 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.”

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, the University of Memphis, Memphis Chamber Music Society and at the Clyfford Still Museum though 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. 

Cello - Kimberly Patterson

Guitar - Patrick Sutton
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concert schedule


1.11.2017       Recording Session of Steve Goss's, Autumn Song

2.8.2017        The University of Memphis, Guest Artist Recital

2.11.2017       CU Guitar Festival at University of Colorado, Guest Artist Recital

2.14.2017       Recital at St. John's Cathedral, Denver, CO

4.9.2017        Recital at Clyfford Still Museum, Denver, CO

11.12.2017      Memphis Chamber Music Society, Guest Recital

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Cold Dark Matter

by Patterson/Sutton Duo

The Patterson/Sutton Duo's debut album, Cold Dark Matter: Music for Cello & Guitar, is unique in that all of the pieces are originally written for cello and guitar. The idea of a cello and guitar album is a bit foreign to most of us, and this collection of pieces takes us on a tour of the textual and sonic possibilities that exist between the two instruments. The album seeks to illuminate underplayed pieces and an underplayed genre. On both, we shed new light. 

"Cold Dark Matter" serves as a metaphor: Cornelia Parker's work depicts a garden shed and its contents held in suspended animation after an explosion. Familiar objects are seen in an unfamiliar circumstance and from a new perspective, much like the combination of our two very familiar instruments.