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, Ether 10 at the Southbank Centre and Tate Modern and collaborations with the likes of Warp-veterans Plaid, sonic artists John Matthias and Neil Grant and composer Max de Wardener.
His critically acclaimed debut album for Just Music, Parergon, features exceptional recordings of these hyper-colourful collaborations alongside his own performances of minimalist compositions all beautifully recorded on a Steinway Model D in the deepest Sussex countryside, to create a journey through an emerging non-classical aesthetic.
"One of the most deeply rejuvenating musical experiences we've come across."
“Distance, 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.”
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“With Parergon Dutta has created a daring debut, crammed with ambition but carried off with unerring vision and ability.” eMusic
Dutta studied piano performance with Philip Fowke and Mikhail Kazakevich at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance 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 and Music, in which he received bespoke training, a twelve-month placement with Tate Britain and mentoring from Joanna MacGregor OBE.
He was the mastermind behind Gabriel Prokofiev’s Concerto for Turntables & Orchestra and Executive Producer of Nonclassical’s 2009 release which featured DJ Yoda & Heritage Orchestra. The piece has gone on to feature at the BBC Proms in 2011 and premiere at the Simon Bolivar Hall in Caracas, Venezuela in 2012 where Will worked closely with the British Council and FundaMusical Bolívar (commonly known as El Sistema).
Will is currently Music Coordinator at the National Portrait Gallery, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and he holds a position on the piano faculty at St Helen & St Katherine in Abingdon.