You are viewing an old version of this wiki. View the latest version.
Official Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/kutchermusic
Facebook Artist Page: http://www.facebook.com/LarryKutcher.pianist.composer
ReverbNation Profile: http://www.reverbnation.com/larrykutcherpianistcomposer
Follow me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/Pianist_Poet
LARRY KUTCHER is a pianist, composer, multi instrumentalist, and studio musician originally from Schenectady, New York. He now lives in Los Angeles.
Larry began his musical odyssey with studying classical violin at the age of six. He moved on from there into the drums and guitar. He had always heard such wondrous music so clearly inside his head, that he eventually settled on the piano. It was with the piano that Larry could more fully realize and express all the music flowing through him.
He grew up in an amazing musical environment, his mother being an opera singer and father being a jazz drummer. From the age of six, Larry listened to a wide variety of composers including Mozart, Puccini, Verdi, Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, Chopin, Copeland, Stravinsky, and also many great Jazz artists like Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck, Dizzy Gillespie, Bill Evans, Art Tatum, John Coltrane, and Miles Davis, among so many more great musicians and composers as well.
Later, it was artists like The Beatles, The Who, Frank Zappa, Joni Mitchell, and eventually the great prog-rock and jazz fusion groups like Yes, ELP, Genesis, Gentle Giant, Happy The Man, Van der Graaf Generator, Hatfield and the North, Chick Corea, Jean Luc Ponty, Weather Report, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, and Pat Metheny, that fired his imagination into many other genres of music … including new age, progressive rock, electronica, ambient, film scores, and various experimental forms of music as well.
He gained much experience early on in his career touring, writing, arranging, and recording with a wide variety of musicians and artists.
Larry eventually toured Europe with his own synthesizer based progressive rock and jazz fusion music.
Being heavily influenced by Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention early on, he also developed theatrical and comedic skills which eventually led him to working with one of Zappa's great guitarists Steve Vai, in the early 80's.
Together, they experimented with strange and wondrously absurd performance art concepts. Larry would improvise poetic "rants" for hours in the studio and Steve would construct intense music around these verbal excursions.
Larry's piece "Little Pieces of Seaweed", a surreal explosion of stream of consciousness poetry, was on Steve Vai's album Flex-Able Leftovers.
Larry performed with Vai's band in the early 80's, which included former Zappa alumni Tommy Mars.
This led him to experiment even further with spoken word, performance art, and musical theatre, which included working with the Los Angeles based improvisational troupe, The Right Brain Theatre.
He is currently working in the Los Angeles area as a studio musician, producer, composer, and performer.
Artist descriptions on Last.fm are editable by everyone. Feel free to contribute!
All user-contributed text on this page is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply.