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Cold dark matter: Music for cello & Guitar

 

Patterson / Sutton Duo

 

Praised by The Strad magazine for their "wit and imagination", the trailblazing Patterson/Sutton cello and guitar duo continue to be in demand as they bring the rich cello and guitar repertoire to audiences around the world. The Patterson/Sutton duo were featured artists at the 2016 Guitar Foundation of America Convention and have an ongoing relationship with The Juilliard School as Juilliard Global Visiting Artists. The duo have been featured on Performance Today/American Public Media, Radio New Zealand, Fine Music Radio South Africa, among many others.

The Patterson/Sutton Duo’s debut album, “Cold Dark Matter”, was released in 2013 on MSR Classics to critical acclaim. Composer and guitarist, 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 Duo continues to push the boundaries of the repertoire by commissioning new music for cello and guitar from top composers such as Stephen Goss and Ricardo Iznaola. Recent concert appearances include the Florida Guitar Foundation, Portland International Guitar Series, Knoxville Guitar Society, Cheyenne Guitar Society, University of Colorado Guitar Festival, Saigon Guitar Series in Vietnam, Shanghai Conservatory in China, Tulane University, University of Denver, Louisiana State University, Princeton Symphony Chamber Music Series, Strings Music Festival, and the Front Range Chamber Players, to name a few. Their research in the field of cello and guitar performance has culminated in lecture-recitals at the Dublin Guitar Symposium, International Guitar Research Center Conference in the UK, and the Guitar Foundation of America Convention. Soundboard magazine called their GFA talk “a deeply inspiring analysis and performance”.

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 Afghan musicians and gave a performance at the Canadian Embassy of Afghanistan. More recently, The Juilliard School has sent the duo to Bratislava, Budapest, Dublin, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and New York City as guest-artists to perform and teach at international schools as part of the Juilliard/Nord Anglia global intuitive.

Dr. Kimberly Patterson holds degrees from the Juilliard School, the Cleveland Institute of Music and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Dr. Patrick Sutton holds degrees from the University of Denver and the University of Colorado at Boulder. His principle teachers have been Ricardo Iznaola and Jonathan Leathwood. The duo became husband and wife in June of 2017. 

Cello - Kimberly Patterson

Guitar - Patrick Sutton

 
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Past Highlights

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   

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

6.2.2018 Cheyenne Guitar Society. Cheyenne, Wyoming 

10.24.2018 Tulane University. New Orleans, LA

10.25.2018 Louisiana State University. Baton Rouge, Louisiana

11.30.2018 Portland International Guitar Series. Portland, Oregon

2.13.2019 Juilliard Global Visiting Artists - Dublin, Ireland

2.22-23.2019 Dublin Guitar Symposium. DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama. Dublin, Ireland.

3.21.2019 Clyfford Still Museum. World Premiere of "Still Life" by Stephen Goss.                  

4.27.2019 Florida Guitar Foundation. Miami, Florida

6.14.2019  Juilliard Global Visiting Artists - Budapest, Hungary

6.17.2019 Juilliard Global Visiting Artists - Bratislava, Slovakia

6.21-30.2019 Memphis in Poland Festival. Gdansk, Warsaw and Bielsko-Biala, Poland. 

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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

 

Reviews for the Duo's Debut Album, Cold Dark Matter: Music for Cello & Guitar

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 [July 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 [July 2013]
They are brilliant... Great music and a very living interpretation.
— Jaime Zenamon [July 2013]
Wit and imagination.
— The Strad [October 2013]
Patterson and Sutton play with exquisite grace... full-bodied expression that will enchant.
— Maria Nockin, Fanfare [November/December 2013]
Well played and contains no transcriptions. Thoughtful and sensitive... finishes with a bang.
— David Moore, American Record Guide [January/Febuary 2014]

 

Performance Reviews

“Hearing Kimberly and Patrick’s duo was a highlight for me at the 2016 GFA. I was amazed by their ability to achieve a perfect balance. Kimberly played with a gorgeous and colorful sound that never seemed inhibited by the logistics of playing with the reputedly more delicate classical guitar. On the contrary, Patrick’s playing was so vibrant that their equal partnership was announced from the first phrase. I know their performance of Dusan Bogdanovic’s four pieces would have brought a big smile to the composer’s face and I was sitting next to Steve Goss when they played his heartbreaking Autumn song. He told me that nobody has ever played it better! The beautiful world of cello and guitar music is currently underrepresented but I don’t think that will be the case much longer as Kimberly and Patrick continue to forge their inspired trail.
— Marc Teicholz
Both of these musicians played with a great deal of excitement and spirit, and their sense of ensemble was well-nigh perfect. It was absolutely gorgeous playing. They played so very well together, their dynamics and phrasing were so good… the musical world needs performers such as these two.
— Opus Colorado [September 2011]