SING OUT STRONG:
Patricio will write a piece to text written by an incarcerated person for this newest installment of White Snake Project's SING OUT STRONG program. This concert will be livestreamed on November 6th.
"The stories that emerge show the humanity and brilliance of those experiencing incarceration as they forge new bonds, reconcile themselves with their actions, and move beyond mere survival to redefine what it means to live life fully within the constraints of the US penal system. It is humbling, frightening, and eye-opening. It is powerful, moving, and unapologetic. It is a call to action to those of us who have never experienced incarceration to make the changes necessary to break the cycle of poverty, discrimination, devaluation of black and brown lives, and incarceration.”
CELEBRATING INDIGENOUS ROOTS
Patricio has teamed up with indigenous Mapuche poets Roxana Miranda Rupailaf and María Lara Millapan to write music highlighting Mapuche culture. These pieces will premiere at Carnegie Hall on October 15th presented by Notes for Growth, USA in a concert celebrating and amplifying indigenous voices.
Follow Patricio on Facebook and Instagram for updates, and to see conversations with the poets in advance of the concert.
Patricio will record an album in which he will perform his own compositions for piano in summer 2021, which will release in Fall 2021.
PERFORMANCE: MAY 15, 2021 @ The College of St. Elizabeth. Watch here.
Patricio has been commissioned by Helen Cha-Pyo and the New Jersey Youth Symphony to write two pieces inspired by his heritage, "Homage to Kahlil Gibran" and "Homage to Nicanor Parra". This commission also includes a collaboration with Nokia Bell Labs, who Patricio will work with to develop a brand new app for the audience to use in accompaniment with his music.
MEMORIES OF HOMS
The Piano in Arabic Music
In an unprecedented project fusing the Western and the Eastern, Patricio has brought his Syrian heritage to the forefront.
As a young boy, Patricio concertized in several Middle Eastern countries. For him, the most profound experiences came from visiting Syria and his mother's city of birth, Homs.
"The multicultural energy of Homs
still resonates with me."
The long war started in 2011, destroying most of Homs. Many people were displaced, including his grandmother who lost family members, her house, her lifestyle, and her friends. She came to the United States in 2017 and still struggles to find peace of mind in the wake of the destruction. His interactions with her bring back memories of Homs.
Visiting Homs, 2000
The piano and Arabic music appear on the surface to be incompatible, with the piano tuned to equal temperament, and Arabic music following microtonality. Under the guidance of Rutgers University advisors Dr. Robert Aldridge and Dr. Scott Ordway, Patricio explores in his PhD thesis Arabic music and the maquam system (the complex system by which Arabic music is organized) in depth from the perspective of a Western classically trained musician. He then takes on the novel task of composing music in the Arabic style to be played on the piano. Patricio's project is the first of its kind in both the worlds of Western and Arabic music because the piano is for the first time to be utilized as an Arabic instrument by a Western classically trained composer.
Patricio has composed several pieces of music featuring both solo piano and traditional Arabic instruments including the oud, Arabic violin, and darbuka. With this music, Patricio both pays homage to the city of his mother's birth that inspired the project and creates an important bridge between Western piano repertoire and the ancient tradition of Arabic music.