About Chef of the Pasture
Marty Cutler and Kenny Kosek, AKA “Chef of the Pasture”, serve up eclectic banjo and fiddle music seasoned with electronica, alternate realities, and specious folklore with a generous helping of expert musicianship, imagination, and humor.
You’ve undoubtedly seen or heard Kenny on recordings, television, or the Broadway stage: he has performed with everyone from Red Allen and the Kentuckians to Spinal Tap to Jerry Garcia and back again. Kenny has appeared on film in “When in Rome” and the remake of “the Stepford Wives.” His track record as a humorist includes pieces for National Lampoon to comedy writing with John Goodman (who occasionally contributes to Chef of the Pasture’s repertoire). Chef of the Pasture has appeared on Saturday Night Live, shilling for “Swine Fever”
Marty simultaneously maintains a reputation as a banjoist and electronic musician and writer. He has performed with everyone from Hazel Dickens to Twyla Tharp and all points in between. As a synth guru, Cutler has done everything from jingles to creating the sounds for the first commercial software instrument to sessions with Tito Puente. He is also a contributing editor at Electronic Musician magazine and well-known wiseacre. Kenny and Marty have spent over three decades as members of New York’s infamous Wretched Refuse String String Band, a hybrid of old-time snake-oil shows and the Mothers of Invention.
A Chef of the Pasture concert is a fusion of their collective experiences as denizens of New York’s fractured and recombinant music scenes. Among other gems, you’ll find traditional Appalachian fiddle music melded with Japanese monster-movie scores; funked-up bluegrass instrumentals filtered through Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder, and Weather Report; wildly improbable musical folklore documented by National Public Radio, featuring émigrés from New York’s Yiddish quarter of the Lower East Side to the deep south; exciting collisions of bluegrass, klezmer, and calypso; and dead-serious original banjo and fiddle instrumentals with larger-than life synthesizer soundscapes. The Chef’s show also includes unvarnished traditional, but highly improvisational banjo-and-fiddle duos to cleanse the palate.
Chef of the Pasture is joined by bassist Max Johnson.