2012 Composer Spotlight: Patrick Grant

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2012 Composer-in-Residence Patrick Grant


We’re thrilled to introduce our fantastic lineup of 2012-13 Composers-in-Residence. And as a foretaste of our upcoming composer interviews this fall, we will be spotlighting each of our eight composers this month.

Patrick Grant’s compositional output and range span an impressive array. Since moving to New York City in the mid-eighties, Patrick has worked in theatre, concert, dance, film and more. Among his many activities, he has composed theatrical scores for The Living Theatre, Robert Wilson and Gerald Thomas, music installations for the Louvre and the Whitney, and concert music featured at Bang on a Can Marathon, MATA and Make Music New York. Take a peek at Patrick’s catalog of works to gain a sense of his incredible versatility and creativity.

Patrick is also founder and artistic director of Strange Music Inc., dedicated to presenting new works locally and around the world. Accordingly, he is the creator of the International Strange Music Day, a day “… to share unusual sounds, unusual instrumentation, and unusual compositions rarely heard or new ones that will never be heard from again.” It’s coming up on August 24th, and folks can get more details here.

Patrick will be one of the 2012-13 Composers-in-Residence at Turtle Bay Music School. As fate would have it, he was commissioned by Turtle Bay Music School back in 2009 to compose “Turtle Tunes” for their Orff program. For his Con Edison Residency, Patrick plans to create a work for multiple guitars and players of various ability. Expanding upon his “Tilted Axes” guitar parade at Make Music Winter, the work will be performed as an indoor or outdoor series.

Get a taste of Patrick’s music this Sunday, August 12th, as he co-directs and performs in the three-day NYX Festival of Experimental and Prog Music, presented by the new Lower East Side venue Spectrum.

P.S. Attend all three days if you can – 2011 Composer-in-Residence Ron Tucker and his percussion group ensemble et al. will be performing on Saturday!



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