Patrick Grant: The Velcro Variations, Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars, New Works & Greatest Hits

David Johnston


On January 25 at 7:30 PM, Con Edison Composer-in-Residence Patrick Grant presents a concert of works created and developed during his Fall 2012 residency at Turtle Bay Music School. Admission is free.

Grant performs excerpts from The Velcro Variations (2012) for electric guitar, keyboard, & electronics. Using the tools of classical compositional rigor and in-the-moment improvisation, the piece is a multi-movement journey that deconstructs and rebuilds rock and dispels the myth of the “guitar hero.” On “Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars,” he presents material created for this year’s Make Music Winter NYC procession that was performed on the streets of Lower Manhattan on Dec. 21st. For this performance he will be joined by some of the musicians from that event and will roam the space around the audience in “…a moving, polyphonic sound cloud layered in compelling, electric rhythms.” The program includes “Seven Years at Sea (Sept ans sur mer)” and “Breaking Butterflies Upon a Wheel.”

PATRICK GRANT is a composer/performer living in New York City and creates music for a wide range of media. A native of Detroit, he moved to NYC in the mid-80s where he studied at the Juilliard School, worked on the production team for composer John Cage, and produced his first recordings at the studios of Philip Glass. Interest in world music brought him to Bali three times to study the gamelan which has since manifested itself in his work through the use of alternative tunings and pieces requiring multiple keyboards and in his incipient work in the Guitar Circles of Robert Fripp.

He has created scores for theatrical visionaries The Living Theatre and Robert Wilson, and music for installations at the Louvre and the musée du Quai Branly in Paris. His music has been applied visually through seven collaborations with the artist Kehinde Wiley, scores for feature documentaries, and music tech seminars each semester at the NYU Film School. I

n 2009, with radio producer Jocelyn Gonzales, he created the MMiX Festival of Interactive Music Technology in NYC, an event co-sponsored by Ableton (LIVE 8), Cycling ’74 (Max/MSP), and WNYC Radio. His music has been performed at The Bang on a Can Marathon, The Composers Concordance Festival, and in May 2013, the Tribeca New Music Festival.

He is the creator of International Strange Music Day (Aug. 24th) and the electric guitar parade as a genre. Recently he was granted rights from the Beatles’ publishers to create a set of variations on Strawberry Fields Forever for chamber ensemble and rock band. More information on his work can be found on his web site at

The Con Edison Musicians’ Residency: Composition Program is funded by Consolidated Edison, Credit Suisse, the George L. Shields Foundation, the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation, AOH Foundation, DJ McManus Foundation and individuals. The Con Edison Musicians’ Residency: Composition Program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and Office of Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn. This program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.




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