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Larry Tuttle

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Larry Tuttle


Larry Tuttle (b. 1955) is an American composer and bassist.

Trained extensively in double bass from an early age, Tuttle’s youth growing up in Seattle was saturated with orchestral music. His bass mentors included Ron Simon, James Harnett, and jazz legend Gary Peacock. An obsession with the bass guitar and a long detour through rock and pop music eventually led Tuttle to an eclectic instrument called the Chapman Stick, and a pop-classical hybrid group called Freeway Philharmonic, which went on to release four albums. Through the Gates, a solo album by Tuttle featuring compositions for the Chapman Stick, is considered to be one of the landmark recordings of that instrument.

Tuttle writes propulsive and optimistic music with a strong sense of story and narrative arc. He works in an up-to-the-minute contemporary idiom while still prioritizing more traditional musical values such as iconic melody, meaningful structure, and thematic development. Tuttle won the Pittsburgh Symphony’s 2014 H. J. Heinz Company Audience of the Future Composition Competition with his first orchestral work, Chorale and Fiddle Tune. His piece By Steam or By Dream won second prize in the 2016 Keuris Composers Competition, in the category of Youth Symphony Orchestra.

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