At the start of the seventies, he co-founded The Ottawa Music Co. with Dave Stewart, a 22 piece Rock composer's orchestra, and eventually joined British experimental group Henry Cow, with whom he toured, recorded and worked in dance and theatre projects until 1978. He went on to co-found a series of mixed national groups: Art Bears, News from Babel, Cassiber, The (ec) Nudes, P53 and The Science Group and was a permanent member of American bands Pere Ubu, Hail and The Wooden Birds. Apart from a succession of special projects he works regularly with John Rose, Fred Frith, Zeena Parkins, David Thomas, Iancu Dumitrescu, Peter Blegvad and Stevan Tickmayer. He performs widely as a soloist with his extended electric kit.
He also founded and runs the independent label and distribution service ReR/Recommended. He is editor of the New Music magazine Unfiled and author of the theoretical book File Under Popular, as well as numerous articles and papers published in 14 languages. He lectures intermittently on theoretical and music related topics and teaches irregularly at the Museum School in Boston.
Other lasting collaborations include Aqsak Maboul (Belgium), Lussier/Derome and Les Quatre Guitaristes (Canada), The Kalahari Surfers (Africa), Perfect Trouble (Germany), Between (Sweden), N.O.R.M.A., (Italy), Telectu (Portugal), Mieku Shimuzu (Japan), The Hyperion Ensemble (Romania), The Film Music Orchestra, "Oh Moscow", Gong, The Work and Towering Inferno (UK), The Residents (USA), and stateless Tense Serenity and Mirror Man. There have also been countless improvisational groupings and solo performances.
Recent projects include Radio pieces with Lutz Glandien and Shelly Hirsch, Timescales for Quartet and calculated pulses, a live Soundtrack for several movies, Life On Earth for the Hyperion Ensemble, Le Signe de Trois - a music theatre piece with Stevan Tickmayer and Marie Goyette, "If being counted" a post Kosovo song cycle commissioned for the Leipzig Festival about Kosovo and the 365 show radio project "Out of the Blue Radio" for Resonance FM.
He has appeared on over 120 recordings.http://www.ccutler.com