Composer and guitarist Patrick Grant believes that the roots of all music are in spectacle. He’s worked with avant garde theater directors such as Robert Wilson and the activist Living Theater created by Judith Malina and Julian Beck. He’s fascinated by the chants and percussive sounds of the gamelan orchestras of Bali and the Kecak monkey dances which he’s studied on frequent visits to Indonesia. He’s interested in the physics of sound and what he calls ‘strange’ music. Originally from Detroit, he grew up with motoric industrial rhythms and tuned in to the CBC and BBC because Detroit has an affinity to Canada. Today his apartment looks out on the East River in NYC and he’s a professor at New York University, but he still travels widely to play and study the traditions of other cultures.
Patrick is inspired by
Dr. Julius Sumner Miller
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