ACROSS THE TOP                                                                                                   Friday, November 25th, 8.00pm                                                                                  Blue Mountains Theatre, Springwood      


“A neat collision of the jazz and classical worlds… It is a real treasure trove of musical impressions,  Steve Moffat,   Daily Telegraph                                                   The renowned clarinettist and saxophone player Paul Cutlan has joined forces with five of Australia’s finest improvising string players for two rare performances of his acclaimed music suite Across the Top, at Springwood and Paddington.   The Paul Cutlan String Project will play, in addition to Across the Top,  new material featuring special guest Gary Daley on piano.

Travelling through the Kimberley in northern WA on a tour with world music group MARA! Paul Cutlan’s experiences of wonder, beauty and joy of the lush gorges and rivers and ancient ranges inspired his three part composition.  


Across the Top draws together 20th century classical and jazz music with dance rhythms from the Balkans and South America.  “Cutlan’s solo bass clarinet intro to ‘Gibb River Road’ suddenly startles with didgeridoo squawks and rasps, before Hirst brings a Latin groove to the tune proper,”  Paul Cutlan’s wide musical palette is distilled into works embellished by the improvising musicians on the night.  

 Joining Paul’s clarinet and saxophone are Brett Hirst (bass), Oliver Miller (cello) Veronique Serret (violin), Liisa Pallandi (violin), and Inge Courtney-Haentjes (viola).  Brett, one of Australia’s leading jazz musicians has played with Mike Nock, Sandy Evans, Katie Noonan, Lior, and many great ensembles. Veronique and Liisa have played with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Oliver with the NOISE and the Brandenburg Orchestra, to name just a few of the band members’ credits.

In recent times, most of the ensemble have played for Blue Mountains Audiences in Bungarribee, Mara!, Ambon, Sanctuary, the tango jazz outfit Alturas, at the Cultural Centre or Hotel Blue..

Veronique Serret and Oliver Miller

Veronique Serret and Oliver Miller

Paul Cutlan has performed with acts as varied as Lou Reed, Gurrumul and Geoffrey Rush (in Diary of a Madman) and appeared at major festivals, including Ruhrfestspiel Recklinghausen, Edinburgh Fringe Festival,LiteraturWERKstat festival (Berlin), WOMAD Festivals in Britain, Singapore, NZ and Adelaide, and the Sydney Festival.Paul Cutlan with sax (low res)

Undoubtedly one of Australia’s most talented and versatile musicians, Live at the Village are thrilled to be presenting Paul’s compositions which have not been played in public since the CD launch a couple of years ago.  

“Cutlan’s works are refreshingly original and exude vitality… the composing and improvising are of equal merit – some achievement for such an ambitious, genre defying project.”   John Shand Sydney Morning Herald

“…his sense of tonal colour and instrumental textures are indeed highly alluring… a tightly structured and rather ingenious approach to musical cross-fertilisation within contemporary composition of a uniquely Australian kind”  Limelight Magazine 

 Paddington concert details:  Sunday 4th December 3 pm,  Paddington Uniting Church, 395 Oxford Street