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Michael Patterson is a Grammy (2010), Grammy nominated, (2018) and Emmy Award winning composer. He currently lives in Manhattan. Michael’s creative output is vast including commissions and concert work for the London Symphony Orchestra, Utah Symphony Orchestra, Eastman Trombone Choir, Ernest Bloch Chamber Ensemble, NYRO (New York Repertory Orchestra) and the Debussy Trio, notable are the String Quartet No.1 recently premiered by the New Hollywood String Quartet.  Various compositions include; Catching Light, for The Ariel Quartet, Strange Beauty for Miranda Cuckson,  Samvaad, for pianist Antoinette Perry, Parallel Forms for the award winning trombone quartet Novus and Psalm for String Orchestra and Saxophone, premiered by Eddie Daniels and the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra. And his Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra, composed for artist Rick VanMatre, which received several American performances in 2010/11 and was premiered in China in June, 2012. Mike’s arrangements and original compositions have been performed by jazz legends Hank Jones, Woody Shaw, Bob Shepherd, Roland Hanna, Eddie Daniels, Marc Copland and Phil Woods. Also, his characteristically luscious film and television scores have been heard on The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, over fifty episodes of J.A.G. (CBS-TV), Tiny Toon Adventures with Steven Spielberg, and the Lucasfilms’ feature, Radioland Murders. One of the highlights of Michaels “Hollywood” years was his association with and mentorship by Leonard Rosenman. Patterson’s remarkable orchestration and conducting work can be heard in the feature film Jurij. (Varese Sarabande)

Recent recordings featuring Patterson as producer, arranger, and composer on the IPO record label include One More: The Music of Thad Jones, Vol. I; One More: The Summary, The Music of Thad Jones, Vol. II; Mean What You Say and Homecoming with Eddie Daniels; Our Delight, Moody 4A and Moody 4B (Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album) featuring jazz legends Hank Jones and James Moody. Other recordings include Concerti-www.ambientrecords.com with jazz legend Gene Bertoncini, and various pieces for the Marc Copland Trio with the Silesian String Quartet (Poland). In 2008 Michael was a featured artist as part of the MOSA concert subscription series in New York. His Line Drawings appears on James Noye’s 2012 recording Imaginings. He has recently recorded a jazz/chamber music CD featuring artists Marc Copland, Sara Caswell and Gene Bertoncini and Judy Kang. Recent compositions include Subway Stories for woodwind quintet, Catching Light for soprano sax and concert organ, Ave` for flute and piano, and Five Poems from the Japanese for alto voice, piano, alto flute and harp.  His Five Scenes from Alphaville, was commissioned by the New Third Stream Quartet and premiered at the SaxOpen International Saxophone Conference in Strasbourg, France. His String Quartet No.1 Was premiered by the New Hollywood String Quartet in April, 2015 and his latest recording, 2017, is In The Still Of The Night, featuring Calabria Foti (MOCO Records). His most recent recording, 2018 Grammy nominated for Best Latin Jazz Instrumental album, is Heart of Brazil, A Tribute to Egberto Gismonti (resonancerecords.org) features soloist Eddie Daniels and arrangements by Patterson and Ted Nash and others. His most recent concert work, Concertante for Clarinet and String Orchestra with Harp and Piano and is scheduled to receive its premiere in 2019.

Michael, in 2003, was one of the several members asked to assist in the reestablishment of the SCL in New York. He is member of the international composer/performance group Improvisatory Minds. He currently teaches composition/film scoring at NYU and has been a guest artist for the past 15 years at the annual ASCAP/NYU Film Scoring Workshop. He received an M.M. Jazz Studies and Contemporary Music from the Eastman School of Music (’80) and a B.M. in Composition from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and his composition/piano teachers have included Felix Labunski, Paul Cooper, Manny Albam, Rayburn Wright, Bill Dobbins, Antoinette Perry and Leonard Rosenman.