Paul Cutlan
Paul Cutlan graduated from the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music in 1987 with Honours in Composition. After freelancing with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, he moved to Sydney in 1989, where he worked with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. Notable jazz artists/ensembles with whom Paul has played include Jann Rutherford, Original Otto Orchestra, Ten Part Invention, James Morrison, JudyBailey, Steve Hunters' Nine Lives, Craig Scott Quintet, Clarion Fracture Zone and Wanderlust. International acts with whom he has performed include Lou Reed, Bobby Previte, Jim McNeely, James Newton, Jerry Lewis and Michael Bublé.

In 1997 Paul joined world/jazz group Mara! and is featured on their ARIA winning album Live in Europe (2000). With them he has also recorded Sorella (2005) and Tra Parole e Silenzio (2012) which features the Martenitsa Choir. With Mara! Paul has toured very widely on numerous European, North American, New Zealand, Asian and Australian tours and for Mara!'s Musica Viva in Schools program across Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Since 1997 Paul has been a member of the Australian Art Orchestra, having recorded three albums. With this band his has played with Danish Trumpeter/ Composer Palle Mickkelborg, a quartet of Indian musicians, and played in Sandy Evans’ Testimony. Other projects include Ruby’s Story featuring Archie Roach and Ruby Hunter, with which Paul has travelled to Mexico City, Auckland and Malaysia, and Meet me in the Middle of the air featuring Paul Kelly, and Vicka and Linda Bull.

Cutlan’s own group Coltrane Project has been frequently recorded by the ABC in the studio and live in concert.

In 2003 Paul composed the music for and performed in the acclaimed theatre production Birth of the Cool for the Sydney Festival, celebrating the lives and poetry of the “Beat Generation” of American poets of the 1940s and ‘50s. Subsequent seasons were at the Seymour Centre and Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2005.

Since 2007 Paul led a trio at the Paris Quartier d’été, has co-produced the album Simpatico with fellow saxophonist Andrew Robson, and played in various shows such as Guys and Dolls and Wicked. He performed in Neil Armfield’s farewell production of Diary of a Madman featuring Geoffrey Rush in Sydney and New York seasons, and recently graduated with a Masters Degree in Composition from Sydney Conservatorium.

In 2015 Paul recorded Across the Top with Brett Hirst, and the Noise String Quartet, with guest artist Mara Kiek. Paul co-produced the album with Llew Kiek, and it is released on the Tall Poppies label.

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