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Rob Clutton

Rob Clutton is a Toronto-based composer/performer who works in the intersections of composition and improvisation, in long-term projects in which the relationship of the musicians has a central but incalculable role. Rob’s impetus to play the bass comes from listening, allowing inspiration to reside in a sonic imaginary, in which the sound of the bass is the same as the tree singing is the same as the human listening. Rob has two solo bass albums: Dubious Pleasures and Suchness Monster, on the Rat-Drifting label. Oct 12, 2018 is the release date of Rob’s 6th CD of compositions, Leeways, featuring the Cluttertones and Lee Pui Ming. In 2015 the Cluttertones released Ordinary Joy, a critically acclaimed recording of original compositions, on the Healing Power label. Earlier independent releases include Holstein Dream Pageant and Tender Buttons. As a creative bassist, Rob has dedicated himself to playing original music, and has toured in the USA and Europe with Lina Allemano’s Titanium Riot, and the Juno-winning Neufeld Occhipinti Jazz Orchestra (NOJO). Other touring has included Japan, the UK, and the Cervantino Festival in Mexico with the Steve Koven Trio, as well as extensive Canadian performances with various groups including John Millard and Happy Day, Drumheller, the Nick Fraser Quartet and Fides Krucker’s In This Body. As an active participant in Toronto’s improvised and creative music community, Rob collaborates with musicians, dancers, theatre and performance artists. This year Rob is grateful to be exploring the intersections of improvisation and composition in Berlin, New York, and Toronto, under the auspices of an Ontario Arts Council “Chalmers Fellowship.”

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Disappearing...

Self Produced
2022

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Lift Off

Self Produced
2020

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Counsel of Primaries

SnailBongBong Records
2020

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Offering

Snailbongbong Records
2019

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Leeways

Snailbongbong
2018

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Lift Off

From: Lift Off
By Rob Clutton

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From: Leeways
By Rob Clutton

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