Dutton–Sorbara Duo

A blend of vocal virtuosity and percussive wizardry, the Dutton–Sorbara duo displays a fusion of musical sensibilities fired by inventive technique and rigourously disciplined, fully acoustic, non-idiomatic free-improvisation. Dutton’s soundsinging is laced with richly textured multiphonics, univocal intervals, rasps, rumbles, honks, howls, and wheezes, supplemented here and there with unorthodox mouth-harp touches. Sorbara meanwhile maintains a kit-driven framework of thunderous rolls, pops and pulses, subtle pointillistic punctuation, rustles and thumps, sizzles and slaps, augmented by a broad range of jingling and rattling extracurriculars. The pair weave sonic fabrics of textural and rhythmic originality, with alternating bursts of emotional intensity and placid moments of meditative calm, in a music characterized by deft colouristic highlights, sly asides, and dazzling technical prowess.

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Photo: Michael Toledano [click on photo for hi-res]

Paul Dutton is among the world’s leading exponents of oral sound art, a pioneering artist who helped redefine the musical potential of human utterance in recent decades. In a soundsinging career of over forty years, he has performed solo and ensemble in concert and on recordings, touring throughout North America and Europe, and into South America, appearing in festivals, clubs, concert halls, and galleries. He was a member of The Four Horsemen poetry performance group (1970–88) and has been in the free-improvisation quartet CCMC since 1989. He remains active in other collaborations of varying duration, including numerous ad hoc alliances.

Joe Sorbara is an adventurous, masterful drummer and percussionist who augments his kit with found and prepared materials, making the range of sounds at his disposal practically orchestral in scope. He is equally at home playing jazz standards, free improvisation, punk rock, and chamber music—but prefers to play them all at the same time. An accomplished composer and a gifted improviser, he leads and plays in several established groups and engages in numerous ongoing and ad hoc collaborations with creative improvising musicians from all over. Sorbara has recorded with Evan Parker and Anthony Braxton, among others. He teaches privately and at the University of Guelph.