Larry Tuttle writes propulsive and optimistic music with a strong sense of story and narrative arc. Larry works in an up-to-the-minute contemporary idiom while still taking full advantage of traditional musical values such as strong melody, meaningful structure and thematic development.
Larry 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. The competition was judged by students from the greater Pittsburgh area. His piece BY STEAM OR BY DREAM won second prize in the 2016 Keuris Composers Competition, in the category of Youth Symphony Orchestra. Connecting with young musicians and building a new audience for orchestral music are important goals for Larry.
Trained extensively in double bass and piano from an early age, Larry’s youth growing up in Seattle was saturated with orchestral music. Youth symphonies, All-City orchestras, music camps (including a transformative summer spent at the National Music Camp in Interlochen, where he played principal bass in the World Youth Symphony Orchestra), you name it. Larry’s bass mentors included Ron Simon, James Harnett, Oscar Zimmerman and jazz legend Gary Peacock, who opened Larry’s eyes and ears with some amazing lessons in ear training and the scientific underpinnings of music.
An obsession with the bass guitar and a long detour through rock and pop music (including two albums released on Warner Brothers Records with the rock group RUSSIA) eventually led Larry to an eclectic instrument called the Chapman Stick, and a pop-classical hybrid group called FREEWAY PHILHARMONIC. Made up of viola, classical guitar, Chapman Stick and drums, FREEWAY PHILHARMONIC mixed twentieth century classical styles with rock, pop and filmscore ideas, all unified by an intricate and complex arranging style.
FREEWAY PHILHARMONIC released four CDs, and its later iteration, STRING PLANET, released two. Larry’s disc of solo compositions for the Chapman Stick, THROUGH THE GATES, is considered one of the landmark recordings for that instrument. Larry and his partner violist Novi Novog now perform as STRING PLANET. For more information on STRING PLANET, FREEWAY PHILHARMONIC and the Chapman Stick, visit www.stringplanet.com
Turning his attentions to concert music, Larry found success with his first orchestral work, the aforementioned winner of the Pittsburgh Symphony contest. Among other projects, he is currently developing a new violin concerto and several works targeted for Youth Orchestra. He is a composing and performing member of CELA (Composers Ensemble of Los Angeles). CELA is a twelve-member composer’s collective dedicated to developing and promoting new work.
As a media composer, Larry’s credits include the theme music for the PBS series LIFE PART II, two independent film scores, dozens of promos and commercials and several short documentaries. For a more complete view of Larry and his partner Novi as media composers, visit www.elephantfeathersmusic.com