My name is Peter Lutek; I am a musician in Toronto, Canada.
Most of my performing lately is as a reed instrumentalist specializing in improvised music. I frequently use electronics in performance, as a way to extend and modify acoustic sounds. You can find me playing with Tom Richards' Riverrun, the Avi Granite:6, and Shahab Bradaran's Circle Band.
Besides performing, I'm active as a sound engineer. I was session engineer, editor, and mixer for all of the recordings of the 40 Fingers saxophone quartet. I've also made a number of recordings over the last 20 years with David Mott, Joseph Petric, and Tom Richards. I was delighted to mix and master the critically acclaimed debut recording by Rob Mosher's Storytime, entitled The Tortoise.
For many years, I studied classical bassoon performance, including some time at the University of Toronto and the Banff Centre. Since then I've also been playing clarinets and saxophones, composing, and exploring electronic sound design.
Over the years, I've been involved with New Music Concerts (Toronto), NUMUS (Waterloo), the Art of Time Ensemble, David Buchbinder, Andrew Downing, David Occhipinti, and the Freddie Stone Ensemble. Two ensembles which have been major parts of my life are the 40 Fingers saxophone quartet and the Toronto-based collective, Composers Workshop. More recently, I led my own quintet, ENGINE.
“...the stand-out performance for me was from Peter Lutek on clarinet. The range and dexterity of his playing, as well as its idiomatic authenticity, was truly thrilling and his every entry raised the intensity of the tune in play.” Tova G. Kardonne; The Live Music Report, February, 2008
“...Peter Lutek’s keening, desolate sax blowing over a shimmering wash of guitar loops, electric keys, and electronic percussion.” Paul Olson; All About Jazz, January 1, 2006
“...soprano saxophonist Perter Lutek delivers a fierce, over-the-top solo that is one of the highlights of the album.” Ken Kase; All About Jazz, October 11, 2006
“Calm and precise, he executes, and sometimes tears the ground out from under our feet.” David Fujino; The Live Music Report, September, 2005
“...the hyper-rockin’ Peter Lutek...” Stanley Fefferman; The Live Music Report, February, 2005