Mellow, spacious, contemplative solo vibes and marimba. Lovely music to work to. I like the subtle integration of guitar pedals and bowing, which never feels like FX for FX sake, but always in service to a restrained and beautiful sound world.
Favorite track: Magic Square.
Mexican born, New York-based vibraphonist, marimbist, improviser and composer Patricia Brennan has confirmed the release of her debut full length album Maquishti, January 15, 2021 on the Valley of Search label.
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.
“This album is a personal statement not only as a vibraphonist but also as an improviser and composer,” says Brennan. “From bowing and bending pitch, to the use of extended effects via guitar pedals, this album reflects my vision for the vibraphone and the potential of all the possible ways it can be played. I wanted to not only incorporate all those techniques in the compositions but also wanted them to become part of my general improvisatory language.”
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 Festival, SF JAZZ, and Carnegie Hall, as well as international venues such as Wiener Konzerthaus in Vienna, Austria, Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Germany, Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City and Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
released January 15, 2021
Patricia Brennan - vibraphone, marimba and composition. Maquishti Music (BMI)
Recorded at the Samurai Hotel Recording Studio, Queens, NY August 24 - 25, 2018
Engineered by Max Ross and Mike Marciano from Systems Two
Mixed and Mastered by Max Ross from Systems Two
Patricia Brennan uses her signature BlueHaus Mallets - blueha.us
“A vibraphonist to watch out for…” according to the New York City Jazz Record. 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....more