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Patrick Brennan

New York City based composer, saxophonist & bandleader patrick brennan is a participant in the Blues Continuum who’s pursued a contrarian and independent musical path for over 40 years. He formed his long term, rhythm- section-centric ensemble sonic openings under pressure, in 1979, a project that interfaces flexibly jointed compositional matrices with polyrhythm & collective improvisation. He’s initiated the Sudani Project, a collaboration with Gnawi Ma’alem Najib Soudani of Essaouira, Morocco and U.S. percussionist and singer Nirankar Khalsa. He further explores his multilinear orchestral conceptions via the solo saxophone project rōnin phasing and sustains a modularly organized large ensemble, transparency kestra, now in its 5th year of monthly NYC performances.
His sound isn’t easy to file. It’s not totally free, unhinged, but what it’s tethered to is hard to say. It’s not exactly melodic either. His sound is puzzling and inviting. He could hold an audience unaccompanied. — The Other Night at Quinns

A superior musical endeavor featuring a rare musical vision performed at the highest level. — All About Jazz New York

His compositions are fresh and quite original. patrick brennan’s a first class saxophonist and composer. — Cadence

An abstract conception balanced with plenty of wit and soul. — Time Out

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Discography

terraphonia

terraphonia

Creative Sources Recordings
2019

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muhheankuntuck: river that flows two ways

muhheankuntuck: river...

Clean Feed Records
2007

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rapt circle

rapt circle

Cadence Jazz Records
2004

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The Drum Is Honor Enough

The Drum Is Honor...

CIMP Records
2004

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Sudani

Sudani

Deep Dish
2000

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Saunters, Walks, Ambles

Saunters, Walks,...

CIMP Records
1999

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Tactiludic

Tactiludic

Patrick Brennan
terraphonia

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