Through his multiple roles as Concert Pianist, Collaborator and Creative Producer of Chimera Productions, Will Dutta's ongoing interest in connecting the dots between modern dance music and contemporary and experimental art music has led to performances at Village Underground, Tate Modern and Ether 10 at the Southbank Centre and collaborations with the likes of Warp-veterans Plaid, sonic artist John Matthias and composer Max de Wardener.
Dutta studied piano performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with Philip Fowke and Mikhail Kazakevich and was one of eight emerging producers to participate in the first New Music Plus developed by the PRS for Music Foundation in association with the hub, supported by Arts Council England, the Cultural Leadership Programme and Sound & Music, in which he received a twelve-month placement with Tate Britain and mentoring from Joanna MacGregor.
Will was the mastermind and Executive Producer behind Gabriel Prokofiev's Concerto for Turntables & Orchestra which was premiered at Scala in 2007 featuring DJ Yoda & Heritage Orchestra, and released on Non classical Records in 2009. Subsequent performances include DJ Switch with the National Youth Orchestra of Greta Britain at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the 2011 Proms and most recently the Teresa Carreno Youth Orchestra of Venezuela in 2012, from where Will has just returned.
"The stark, uncompromising integrity of the piece was certainly a refreshing antidote to the patronising blandness of so many classical ‘fusion' projects... this was one of the most exciting musical premieres I've seen in a long time" - Guardian
"4/5 - It's magnificent" - Time Out (Chicago)
He is also Music Co-ordinator at the National Portrait Gallery and responsible for the critically acclaimed club night, Blank Canvas, staging pioneering musical commissions and cross genre collaborations, such as a unique live 12-speaker, 3rd order ambisonic arrangement of Mark Fell's album Multistability and a new Graphic Score by Leafcutter John.
'Distance' and 'Overcolour' are collaborations with Warp veterans Plaid, electronic music duo Andy Turner and Ed Handley, who aside from their own material often collaborate and remix for the likes of Bjork, Goldfrapp and Mara Carlyle, as well as composing and performing film scores, including Michael Arias's multi-award winning anime film, 'Tekkon Kinkreet' and 'Heaven's Door'.
'Aerophobia' is a collaboration with arch-experimentalist and explorer in the worlds of contemporary composition, instrument making, electronica and sonic art, Max De Wardener. Max recently completed the soundtrack of Pawel Pawlikowski's film 'The Woman in the Fifth', featuring Ethan Hawke and Krisin Scott Thomas. Since 2002 de Wardener has been releasing his own music in association with Mathew Herbert's Accidental label, including the beautiful and emotive 'Stops' and 'Where I Am Today', where recorders and organs rub shoulders with Harry Patch's cloud-chamber bowls, transistors and the sound of wires, and is currently writing a piano concerto for Dutta which will be premiered in November 2012 at Village Underground with the Heritage Orchestra.
Other featured collaborations on Parergon include tracks with Neil Grant and award winning musician, John Matthias (PRS for Music Foundation New Music Award and the Pris Ars Electronica in 2009 for his sonic installation The Fragmented Orchestra), who has released albums on the Accidental label, Ninja Tune and Nonclassical and has worked with artists including Radiohead, Matthew Herbert and Coldcut. The trio of 'Suprachiasmatic' pieces use spiking Neuronal Music technology and refer to the Suprachiasmatic Nucleus which is responsible for controlling out body clocks.
"A parergon comes against, beside, and in addition to the ergon, the work done, the fact, the work, but it does not fall to one side, it touches and cooperates within the operation, from a certain outside. Neither simply outside nor simply inside." Jaques Derrida
'Will Dutta is one of those insanely gifted human beings that all our parents hoped they'd produce....Will's outstanding piano composition here expertly manipulated into a stunning shimmering whole by its digital production...One of the most deeply rejuvenating musical experiences we've come across.' VICE / thenoisey
'A beautiful and hypnotic piano-led piece with a treasure chest of swirling, chiming percussion, 'Distance' exudes a beguiling sensibility that is equal parts classical and electronica.' thecmuwebsite
'Pianist and composer Will Dutta has long made it his mission to join the dots between Modern Classical and Dance music' more adventurous fringes, and with debut album Parergon he makes the links more tangible than ever. This track, a mesmerising collaboration with long-standing electronic luminaries Plaid, is a great example of Dutta's ability to marry compositional depth and sonic ambition with Electronica's established tones and timbres.' Barclaycard