Composer Alejandro Rutty is best-known for his distinctive mix of South American styles, lyrical melodies, meticulous rhythmic detail, and textures suggested by modern recording processing techniques.
The Boston Globe wrote about The Conscious Sleepwalker Loops “…the result is a blaring, multi-channel, gleefully vernacular carnival. It made a terrific curtain-raiser.” The New York Times wrote: “Alejandro Rutty’s amusing “Conscious Sleepwalker Loops” offered an immediate test of the ensemble’s mettle…”. Other pieces generated similarly positive reactions: “… in every respect, an impressive listening experience.” Osnabrüker Zeitung (About L’accordeoniste) and The Classical Voice of North Carolina wrote about Rutty’s recent Down Home: The Cantata, which mixes choral and orchestral writing historic audio recordings: “Rutty’s creative music made the stories live with humor, with determination and with dignity”
Another aspect of Rutty’s music is his music based in oral histories, such as The Other Side of My Heart –based on interviews with Latina Immigrants-, and Down Home: The Cantata; Jewish Life in the American South –based on audio recordings of the Jewish Heritage Foundation of North Carolina.
Rutty’s compositions and arrangements have been played by the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Argentina, National Symphony Orchestra of Brazil, Porto Alegre Symphony Orchestra, New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, American Modern Ensemble, the New York New Music Ensemble, the Red Clay Saxophone Quartet, and the Cassatt, Beo, and Carlos Chávez String Quartets among other groups. Recordings of his music have been released by Navona Records, Capstone Records, Albany Records, Arizona University Recordings, and ERM Media.
Alejandro Rutty is currently Associate Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.