Imaginative multi-instrumentalist will play at Bates

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 LEWISTON — Simon Hutchinson, a musician with a stylistic reach and imagination of unusual scope, will perform Thursday, March 25, at Bates College.

Work by this composer and multi-instrumentalist spans multiple genres.

A seasoned traveler and a person dedicated to the power of cross-cultural communication, he creates music integrating myriad media and influences. He explores themes of nature, humanity and global community.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Olin Arts Center Concert Hall, 75 Russell St.  It is open to the public at no cost, but tickets are required. For more information, call 786-6135 or e-mail olinarts@bates.edu.

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Hutchinson earned a bachelor of arts degree in music from Bates in 2002, a master’s degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a doctorate from the University of Oregon. He spent several years in Japan studying a variety of traditional instruments and folk music forms.

Hutchinson regularly performs on shamisen, a three-stringed lute, with Japanese, American and Korean performers. He appeared on the Japanese national public broadcasting station NHK and on the 2006 folk album “Tamashi no Hibiki (Sounds of the Soul).”

 Also a bassist, Hutchinson has appeared on a number of albums and is currently principal bassist of the Eugene Contemporary Chamber Ensemble.

 His compositions incorporate diverse conventional, electronic and traditional instruments and performance practices. For more information, visit simonhutchinson.com/.

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