Patricia Brennan

Artist of the Month | April 2021


I love the K&K Split Rail Vibraphone Amplification System! It has given an incredible amount of possibilities not only for playing but also for recording. I have been using it on my latest recordings and it has made the whole process much easier! I can also use an array of different effects and alter the sound in whichever way I want to. Also, the fact that it’s a split rail allows me to easily take it with me to gigs or on tour. This system has changed the way I play! I absolutely recommend it!

Mexican born vibraphonist, marimbist and composer Patricia Brennan was always surrounded by music. At the age of 17, Patricia was selected from musicians all over the Americas to be part of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas. During this time, she toured every country in the Americas and performed with renowned musicians such as Yo-Yo Ma and Paquito D’Rivera. Before moving to the U. S., Patricia was already performing with the top symphony orchestras in Mexico, such as Xalapa Symphony Orchestra and Mineria Symphony Orchestra. Also, she had already won several awards on marimba competitions and young artist competitions in Mexico and abroad. She was accepted at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she was able to perform alongside high caliber musicians from all over the world and conductors such as Simon Rattle and Charles Dutoit. She also performed with the prestigious Philadelphia Orchestra and other acclaimed new music groups such as members from Eight Blackbird. Patricia’s search for freedom in her musical expression led her to find her voice through the vibraphone and mallet percussion in improvisational music and composition.

Currently, Patricia is a member of bassist Michael Formanek Ensemble Kolossus and Grammy nominated John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble. She is also a member of Blind Spot with Teju Cole, a project led by renowned pianist Vijay Iyer along with bassist Linda Oh and writer Teju Cole. She also collaborated with Vijay Iyer in other projects including the large ensemble project Open City and several small ensemble performances along with renown musicians like bassist Reggie Workman and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith. She is also a member of Phalanx Ambassadors a project led by pianist Matt Mitchell along with guitarist Miles Okazaki, bassist Kim Cass, drum set player Kate Gentile and percussionist Satoshi Takeishi.

Among Patricia’s own projects are ANTENNA, a collective of composers and improvisers and TRIPTYK, a dynamic trio along with percussionist Noel Brennan and violinist Leonor Falcon. Patricia has also performed with many renown musicians including singer and composer Meredith Monk, violinist Todd Reynolds, singer and composer Theo Bleckmann, saxophonist Tony Malaby and many others. She has performed in venues such as Newport Jazz Festival and Carnegie Hall as well as international venues like Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City and Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has also appeared on National Television and Public Radio.

Patricia has appeared on several recordings, including an ECM recording with bassist Michael Formanek Ensemble Kolossus called “The Distance” and Matt Mitchell’s new record “A Pouting Grimace” under Pi Recordings label. Also, Patricia recently recorded a new record with the Grammy nominated John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble which was released on January 2018 under New Amsterdam Records. Patricia also recently recorded with ANTENNA. Upcoming recordings include a solo debut record expected to be released by the end of 2018 and a recording with Matt Mitchell’s Phalanx Ambassadors in December 2018.

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