Jim Sutherland

Composer & Artistic Director

Constantly nudging at the boundaries of culture and style, Jim Sutherland is a free-thinking original whose commissions have included composing music for film, TV, large-scale events and national celebrations. His fingerprints, as a musician, producer and composer, can be found on more than two hundred albums across a bewildering spectrum. He has collaborated with some of the finest musicians in their field, worldwide. With his roots in the Scottish traditional genre, his expansive reach extends to encompass electronic,
orchestral, rock and pop music.

Jim creates and collaborates to produce large-scale performances including cross-cultural and site-specific work with La Banda Europa and staging the string-driven spectacle that is the True North Orchestra.

Recent highlights (other than Struileag!) include:

The Pillars of Hercules, a commission to celebrate Marseilles as European capital of culture 2013, composed to be performed by a 'Mediterranean Rim orchestra' which include North African bagpipes and other indigenous instruments from around the Mediterranean.

An Turas/The Voyage, commissioned by the Scottish Government as a gift from Scotland's people to the people of Derry (Londonderry), UK Capital of Culture 2013. This piece was presented by Scottish Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop to the Mayor of the City and the Taoiseach. The music also underscored the opening ceremony of the return of the Colmcille directed by Frank Cottrell Boyce.

BRAVE , Jim was commissioned to produced two featured songs (performed by Julie Fowlis) for the Disney/Pixar film BRAVE.