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Without A Word
Forgotten Messages
Edge of the Ice
Drum Prayer


Think Bela Fleck meets Prokofiev meets Esquivel - light-hearted instrumental fusion with a touch of classical around the edges. STRING PLANET is two lifelong string players, Novi Novog on viola and Larry Tuttle on Chapman Stick, playing an energetic fusion of space-age originals and quirky cover versions. Their new CD, “SONGS FROM THE HOME PLANET”, re-imagines hits from “Lady Madonna” to “Sukiyaki” and de-constructs the classics – Prokofiev, Saint-Saens and Edvard Grieg. It’s “world music from another world” – virtuosic, exciting, slightly twisted and strangely fun.

Larry and Novi met playing in the band FREEWAY PHILHARMONIC. With that group they released four albums and toured all over North America, staying together for fifteen years. STRING PLANET is the next step in that evolution.

STRING PLANET’s odd blend of musical styles comes from Novi and Larry’s common history – heavy-duty saturation in orchestral music early in life, followed by adventures in rock music later on. Novi started on piano at age four and viola at age eight, played in the American Youth Symphony, and attended Cal Arts on a full composition scholarship. She studied privately with Mehli Mehta and Louis Kievman and won the American String Teachers Association competition. Meanwhile, Larry’s youth was spent with the string bass in orchestras of all sorts – Youth Symphony, All-City Orchestras, music camps, you name it. He spent one memorable summer playing principal bass at the National Music Camp in Interlochen and majored in string bass at the University of Washington. A short course in ear training with jazz great Gary Peacock was particularly transforming.

Novi’s groups included Chunky, Novi and Ernie, Sumner and Lauren Wood. She was even a member of Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention for a short while. As a session musician, she has a long list of studio credits including viola solos The Doobie Brothers' "Black Water" and Prince's "Purple Rain" and "Raspberry Beret." She also has performed on recordings by Cher, James Taylor, Madonna, Bonnie Raitt, Michael Jackson, Bon Jovi, Neil Diamond, Kenny Loggins, Ray Charles, Julio Iglesias, Shawn Colvin and about a billion others. 

Larry’s turn through rock music was centered around the power-pop/progressive rock group Russia, later called Force 10, with whom he played bass on two albums for Warner Brothers Records. Then in 1984 he discovered the Chapman Stick and everything changed, leading to the formation of FREEWAY PHILHARMONIC and meeting Novi in 1986.

The two have been performing together ever since. Pop meets classical meets quirky meets energy. STRING PLANET.

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