Patrick Grant is a musician whose songs defy categorization. You’ve got your rock, your classical, your surreal, your whimsical… If names like Tilted Axes, King Crimson, Brian Eno, and Hans Zimmer, Kraftwerk, and Cinematic tickle your fancy, then great! Keep reading.
The NYU Film School professor has made a distinct sound with his instrumental compositions, the latest being “A Sequence of Waves,” a collection of “twelve stories and a dream” that you need to check out. Each piece is diverse, interesting, and complex, and you’ll want to give the new album several listens to really appreciate all it has to offer.
Grant plays guitar, bass, viola, piano, keyboards, and percussion in his tracks, and is accompanied by John Ferrari (drums, mallet instruments, and percussion), Nick Didkovsky (guitar solo on “Primary Blues”), Dan Cooper (7-string electric bass), Lynn Bechtold (violin), and Dan Barrett (cello). Based in NYC, Grant is a composer/performer, creating music for a wide range of media. After studying at Julliard in the mid-80s, he worked on the production team for composer John Cage, and engaged in other composition/music production activities that allowed him to work with artists like Billy Joel and Quincy Jones.
And that’s not all… He’s traveled to Bali several times, composed scores for legendary theater and dance companies, was a multiple recipient of the ASCAP Plus Award and nominee Detroit Music Awards… “He has presented many concerts of his own and other composers, including a 2013 Guinness World Record-breaking performance of 175 electronic keyboards in NYC. He is the creator of International Strange Music Day (August 24) and the pioneer of the electric guitar procession Tilted Axes.” The guy’s got credentials, friends. You can check out his full bio on his website here.
With regards to his musical style, “[over] the last three decades, his music has moved from post-punk and classically bent post-minimal styles, through Balinese-inspired gamelan and microtonality, to ambient, electronic soundscapes involving many layers of acoustic and electronically amplified instruments.”
“A Sequence of Waves” was released on August 24th on major streaming sites, with CDs available at finer retail stores. Already the album has seen praise from The Huffington Post, The Village Voice, and The Wall Street Journal, who claim, “It doesn’t matter whether this music is post-Minimalist, indie classical, or not classical at all… style and even genre are increasingly meaningless now, so abandon the categorizing impulse and just listen.”
And that’s what you have to do, honestly. (Trust me, you’ll want to.) If you’d like to learn more about Patrick Grant, listen to his latest album “A Sequence of Waves,” or perhaps check out the music video for his track “Lonely Ride Coney Island,” you can follow the links below!