Guest Aristic Curator for Summer Music Festival at Northrop 2011
"The Minneapolis music scene is wonderfully diverse, accepting, and enthusiastic about what they're doing, and I feel privileged to help bring that special talent to the SMFN." - Grant Cutler
You could say that Grant Cutler's whole life is a constant composition-- whether at the computer, on the guitar or at the piano, Cutler tries his best to eschew predictability and intentionality, while allowing the supremacy of sound to reign true. Whether exploring ambient soundscapes in recent electronica project 2012 or baring his soul and more in the cavernous, ethereal anthems released with the Gorgeous Lords, the frontman and songwriter of acclaimed local synth pop heroes Lookbook has honed the art of experimentation begetting memorable, emotional music. Citing a battery of influences that range from Steve Reich to Kanye West, Cutler has toured across the country and continues to jump head first into numerous projects, from writing movie scores and heavy metal musicals, to producing local favorites Solid Gold, Zoo Animal, Halloween, Alaska, Jeremy Messersmith, and Idle Hands. A native of Aberdeen, SD, not yet 30, Grant Cutler has been described as "golden" by critics, yet insists he's still just figuring out his role in the musical world.