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Patricia Brennan

Music Adjunct Faculty

Music and Performing Arts Professions

Mexican-born vibraphonist, marimbist, improviser, and composer Patricia Brennan “has recently started to make her presence known on the New York avant-garde, working with such prominent bandleaders as Matt Mitchell and Michael Formanek,” observed The New York Times. 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 Tomas Fujiwara’s 7 Poets Trio along with cellist and composer Tomeka Reid. She has collaborated with pianist Vijay Iyer and as a member of Blind Spot along with writer Teju Cole and bassist Linda Oh. Other projects led by Iyer that Brennan has performed in include his large ensemble project Open City and several small ensemble performances with renowned musicians such as bassist Reggie Workman and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith. Patricia’s own projects include the newly recorded solo project MAQUISHTI and MOCH – a collaborative duo with percussionist, drummer, and turntablist Noel Brennan (DJ Arktureye) and special guests.

Patricia has appeared on several recordings, including the Michael Formanek Ensemble Kolossus release on ECM entitled The Distance and Matt Mitchell's A Pouting Grimace and Phalanx Ambassadors (Pi Recordings).  She also appears on the Grammy-nominated John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble album All Can Work (New Amsterdam Records, 2019). Patricia released her debut single, “Sonnet,” on all digital platforms in 2020 under Valley of Search, and will be releasing the full album in January 2021.

Patricia Brennan is a Valley of Search and a BlueHaus Mallets artist.