Rick Robinson’s CutTime Orchestra

Tue, Mar 28, 2017 @ 8:00 pm to 11:00pm

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Tuesday, March 28 / 8-11pm / No cover

CutTime® makes classical and symphonic music work for EVERYONE, often with a beat. They pop up in the weirdest places ever since Classical Revolution came to Detroit in 2010. It rose to new heights in 2015 with a Knight grant and now look at them, celebrating the recent press (below), a new video, and updated tracks with a drummer, thanks to some generous donations.

CutTime Simfonica leads the charge with symphony that touches EVERYONE with MOT concertmaster Eliot Heaton, violinist Phoebe Gelzer Govatos, violist Leslie DeShazor, bassist Rick Robinson (Mr. CutTime) and drummer Mike List. This event is FREE, plus YOU get to play percussion in more than half the pieces. CutTime® will include some rock covers too. If you play classical strings, woodwinds, trumpet or percussion, you can read with CutTIme! (Sorry, there is no piano, but Downtown Runners and Walkers will be in the house to answer any questions.)

Bassist Rick Robinson (Mr. CutTime) was once famous for being invited into the Detroit Symphony Orchestra without audition in 1989, becoming only its 2nd African-American member. And now he’s famous for leaving it voluntarily 22 years later, trying to reconcile the industry with local communities.

Robinson was also a solo bassist, which led to arranging, conducting and composing to found CutTime Productions, an ambitious mission-enterprise, creating broader access to and appreciation of this magical art form. He began to test and update his standards of community engagement and education, launching CutTime® to adapt symphonic music within and outside the arts bubble. Robinson applies to the general population, translating the musicians’ why and how, and revealing key information that unlocks active listening and deep connection.

The music critic for CVNC, Jeffrey Rossman wrote, “Mr. Robinson, in a sense, is a modern day Dvořák. Known as “Mr. CutTime,” this Detroit Symphony bassist is a passionate advocate for classical music and musicians stepping down from the pedestal of the concert hall and merging into the musical life of the community: schools, clubs, bars, coffeehouses…basically anywhere where people congregate. This is far from a new concept, but Robinson’s personality, aggressive advocacy of this, and his remarkable playing, composing and arranging skills put him in the forefront of this movement.”

Only emerging as a composer in 2006, Robinson goes back to playing cello, then bass, in the public schools of Detroit’s famous inner suburb of Highland Park. His mother, a school psychologist, sang and played classical piano at home daily. His father, a university recruiter, sang with a powerful baritone and learned guitar to lead a room into folk songs.

His older siblings enjoyed learning violin, cello, bass and sax in public schools. The eldest David began copying out popular music from the radio for his high school band. These were the seeds for Robinson to excel early on, travel the world, return to Detroit quite famously and become adaptive during his unusual career.