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Larry Kutcher is a pianist/composer and studio musician originally from Schenectady, New York, who now lives in Los Angeles.
Larry began his musical odyssey with studying classical violin at the age of six. He moved on from there into the drums and guitar, eventually settling on the piano, with which he could more fully realize and express all the music flowing through him.
He grew up in a strong musical environment, his mother being an opera singer and father being a jazz drummer. From the age of six, Larry listened to a wide variety of composers including Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, Chopin, Copeland, Stravinsky, and also many great Jazz artists like Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck, Dizzy Gillespie, Bill Evans, Art Tatum, John Coltrane, and Miles Davis.
Later, progressive rock and jazz fusion artists like Yes, ELP, Genesis, Gentle Giant, Happy The Man, Van der Graaf Generator, Chick Corea, Weather Report, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, and Pat Metheny, fired his imagination into many other genres of music.
Being heavily influenced by the Dadaists, Surrealism, The Beat Poets, Groucho Marx, Lenny Bruce, Lord Buckley, Ken Nordine, The Firesign Theatre, and Frank Zappa in particular, Larry also developed theatrical, performance art, and comedic skills which eventually led him to working with one of Zappa's great guitarists Steve Vai, in the early 80's. He recorded and performed with Vai in a band that included former Zappa alumni Tommy Mars. You can hear a taste of Larry's "incongruous ambiguities", in his stream of consciousness performance art piece "Little Pieces Of Seaweed", on Steve Vai's CD "Flex-Able Leftovers".
Larry recently helped co-write "The Emperor's Clothes" with Alan and Neal Morse of the great Progressive Rock band Spock's Beard, for their 2010 CD release of Spock's Beard X.
He is currently working in the Los Angeles area as a studio musician, composer, and performer.