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paul dutton . sound singing
joe sorbara . drums, percussion

paul dutton . soundsinging       joe sorbara . drums, percussion

A blend of vocal virtuosity and percussive wizardry, the Dutton-Sorbara duo displays a fusion of musical sensibilities fired by inventive technique and rigourously disciplined, fully acoustic, non-idiomatic free-improvisation. Dutton's soundsinging is laced with richly textured multiphonics, univocal intervals, rasps, rumbles, honks, howls, and wheezes, supplemented here and there with unorthodox mouth-harp touches. Sorbara meanwhile maintains a kit-driven framework of thunderous rolls, pops and pulses, subtle pointillistic punctuation, rustles and thumps, sizzles and slaps, augmented by a broad range of jingling and rattling extra-curriculars.

The pair weave sonic fabrics of textural and rhythmic originality, with alternating bursts of emotional intensity and placid moments of meditative calm, in a music characterized by deft colouristic highlights, sly asides, and dazzling technical prowess.

w/ Paul Dutton
Paul Dutton & Joe Sorbara @ the Music Gallery in September 2013.
photo by Michael Toledano.
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Paul Dutton . bio

Paul Dutton is one of the world's leading exponents of oral sound art, a pioneering artist who helped redefine the musical potential of human utterance in recent decades. In a career spanning almost fifty years, he has performed solo and ensemble in person and on recordings, touring throughout North America and Europe, and into South America, appearing in music, voice, and poetry festivals, in clubs, concert halls, galleries, and schools, on film, TV, and the Web. His major collaborations have been with Rafael Barreto-Rivera, bpNichol, and Steve McCaffery in The Four Horsemen poetry performance group (1970-88) and with John Kamevaar, John Oswald, and Michael Snow in the ongoing CCMC free-improvisation quartet. He has also worked with the likes of Phil Minton, David Moss, John Butcher, Jaap Blonk, Lee Ranaldo, Bob Ostertag, R. Murray Schafer, and Trevor Wishart.

h o m e

[ i ] bio

[ ii ] events

[ iii ] projects

never was  

fran├žois houle & joe sorbara

alien radio
(houle/ meger/ sorbara)

norm adams & joe sorbara  

the imperative  


imaginary percussion ensemble  

reliable parts  

paul dutton & joe sorbara  


my misshapen ear  

other foot first  

remnants trio  

squash recipe  

[ iv ] discography

[ v ] gallery

[ vi ] contact

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