Patricia Brennan - Maquishti

Patricia Brennan - Maquishti


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Tickling our brains and painting an abstract picture of disassembled Cuban landscapes - REMEZCLA


 Brennan has recently started to make her presence known on the New York avant-garde


Mexican born, New York-based vibraphonistmarimbist, improviser and composer Patricia Brennan has released the third video from her forthcoming 

debut full length album Maquishtiout January 15, 2021 on the Valley of Search label. See the live performance video “Improvisation VI” here.

The twelve original instrumentals that make up the album were composed and performed solo by Brennan on vibraphone and marimba. Employing unusual performance techniques and occasional electronics, many of the compositions were borne from improvisations created live in the studio at the time of recording. At times exploring silence and space, stillness and patience the album investigates new sonic territories with an endless sense of curiosity.

Brennan has always been surrounded by music. She inherited a deep love and appreciation for musical tradition from both parents, as well as being exposed to the musical richness of her native Port of Veracruz. She started studying music at 4 years old, playing latin percussion along salsa records with her father and listening to Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin records with her mother. Also, around the same age, she started playing piano, influenced by her grandmother who was a concert pianist. 

Patricia is a member of Grammy nominated John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble and Michael Formanek Ensemble Kolossus. She is also a member of Phalanx Ambassadors, a project led by pianist Matt Mitchell, the Webber/Morris Big Band, and she is a member of Tomas Fujiwara’s 7 Poets Trio along with cellist and composer Tomeka Reid. She has collaborated with pianist Vijay Iyer as a member of Blind Spot with writer Teju Cole, along with bassist Linda Oh. Other projects led by Iyer that Brennan has performed with include his large ensemble project Open City and several small ensemble performances along with renowned musicians like bassist Reggie Workman and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith.

Patricia has performed with many renown musicians including singer and composer Meredith Monk and Theo Bleckmann, saxophonists Jon Irabagon and Scott Robinson, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, drummer Marcus Gilmore, guitarist Mary Halvorson and many others. She has performed in venues such as Newport Jazz FestivalSF JAZZ, and Carnegie Hall, as well as international venues such as Wiener Konzerthaus in Vienna, Austria, Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City and Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

Patricia Brennan is a Valley of Search artist, a BlueHaus Mallets artist and currently teaches at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and at the Jazz Studies program at NYU Steinhardt.

1. Blame It
2. Solar
3. Improvisation VI

1. Sonnet
2. Episodes
3. Improvisation III

1. Magic Square
2. Improvisation VII
3. I Like For You To Be Still

1. Point Of No Return
2. Away From Us
3. Derrumbe De Turquesas