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Cold dark matter


Patterson / Sutton Duo


The trailblazing cello and guitar duo of Dr. Kimberly Patterson and Dr. Patrick Sutton, formed in 2011 as doctoral students at the University of Colorado in Boulder. In addition to being featured artists at the 2016 Guitar Foundation of America Convention, 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”. 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.” They have been featured on Performance Today on American Public Media, Radio New Zealand, Fine Music Radio South Africa, among others.

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.

Their research in the field of cello and guitar 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 the University of Denver, 2016 GFA Convention, University of Colorado Guitar Festival, Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, 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 a tour throughout Asia and performances at Tulane University, the Memphis Chamber Music Society 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

11/27-12/8.2017 Asia Tour. Dates TBA

3.7.2018        Tulane University. New Orleans, LA

3.8.2018        University of Southern Mississippi. Hattiesburg, Mississippi

4/15&16.2018    Princeton Symphony Chamber Series. Princeton, NJ 

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

4.27-30.18      Recording sessions w/ flutist Cobus du Toit. New Haven, CT



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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