Back to the Future
2010 was a pivotal year for CutTime, launching CutTime Simfonica® in May, and the next month Robinson won a Kresge Artist Fellowship for composition. In August we launched a budget string quartet version of Simfonica (above) just as DSO musicians began what would become a 6-month labor strike. The free time let us launch a Classical Revolution Detroit (club classical) series with volunteers in December. Dozens of local classical musicians feed the vacuum for party classical in now-non-smoking bars, cafes and coffeehouses. Classical music goes middlebrow for the masses.
Robinson resigned from DSO in 2012, to develop the Classical Revolution Detroit series, to arrange and compose more music, and to travel nationally with CutTime music, recruiting musicians to read, rehearse & perform as part of the two CutTime ensembles. Mr. CutTime plays, directs and shares many reasons & methods to reset the context for classical out in popular culture. Adding light drumming in 2013, a sharp beat gives those fleshy textures the crispness the broader public gets excited about, esp. participating with toy percussion. CutTime blazed a new path available to all classical musicians and institutions and called it RAW Classical.