John Mutter is a Vancouver-based artist, photographer, directer and composer. He is the leader, composer and guitarist of experimental alternative ensemble “we just stole a car” and composer and vocalist of alternative pop project “JOHN MUTTER WAS RAISED BY WOLVES”. He is the founder and curator of Vancouver-based label MUNT Records.
He studied visual arts at the School of Visual Arts and the University of British Columbia, and music composition at Vancouver Community CollegeAfter graduating, he received a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to study composition privately with Benoit Delbecq in Paris, France.
John’s current work focuses on photography, video and a combination of the two. His composited “animated photographs” (videos that combine still and moving image, sound and original music) have been exhibited internationally in both group and solo exhibitions. He has been commissioned to create photo and video pieces for The Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Vancouver New Music, Single Line Theatre, and various music artists.
John received an “Honourable Mention” award from the Magenta Foundation Flash Forward 2015 photography festival and had his work was published in their annual photography book.
John is also an active performer and composer. His latest project, JOHN MUTTER WAS RAISED BY WOLVES landed him a spot as a top ten regional finalist for CBC’s Searchlight competition and was included in Eric Alper’s top five “picks” for the entire contest.
He has been commissioned to write music for the Toronto Queer Songbook Orchestra, Andrea Young’s Exo/Endo, Gamelan Si Pawit, Vancouver Electronic Ensemble, and had his music performed by Standing Wave and Erato Ensemble.