An overview of Wendel Patrick's work as a pianist, composer and improviser (Kevin Gift)
3 Album Releases on 1 Day
Wendel Patrick released three albums on the same day. January 1st, 2014. All of the tracks on "Travel" were either written or conceived while on tour performing in the cities the tracks are named after. "Passage" is a quartet album with Wendel Patrick playing drums, bass, guitar and Fender Rhodes. "JDWP" is a tribute album to the late producer J Dilla, and "20.TEN." is a solo album featuring his own piano compositions. With the exception of "20.TEN.", all of the music was played and recorded without the use of microphones or live instruments.
Wendel Patrick "Producer" - Directed by Wendel Patrick
Producer Wendel Patrick recreates DJ Premiere's instrumental track from Nas' classic "Illmatic" in his studio without the use of samples. This video gives the viewer a peek into Wendel Patrick's creative process.
Steinway Grand Piano
Roland Fantom Rack
Yamaha Motif Rack
XLN Audio Kits (Drums)
Akai APC 40
Korg KP3 Kaoss Pad
Directed shot and edited by Wendel Patrick
Additional camera work - Dylan Beatty
Wendel Patrick "Ten G's Reprise"
Producer Wendel Patrick covers his own song "Ten G's" with a little help from...himself.
Directed and shot by Hilton Carter.
OUT OF THE BLOCKS: Winner - City Paper Best Radio Project. (Co-Producer).
Chosen by City Paper as "Best Radio Project" of 2012.
OUT OF THE BLOCKS. A simple concept from the minds of Aaron Henkin and Wendel Patrick. One hour, one city block, everybody's story. Interviews by Aaron Henkin - Musical score by Wendel Patrick.
"OUT OF THE BLOCKS: 3300 Greenmount" first aired on November 18th, 2011 on WYPR in Baltimore. Soon after, the episode was recognized and featured by the Third Coast International Audio Festival as a chosen feature on its website, by NPR's Morning Edition, by "On The Nature Of Things" in London, England; and by NPR's "Hearing Voices", which aired the episode on over 200 NPR affiliate stations nationally. More recently it was broadcast on the BBC. Wendel Patrick and Aaron Henkin's work was also featured in "Locally Soured" as part of an exhibit on the Station North community at the Sheila & Richard Riggs and Leidy galleries at MICA in 2014.
Baltimore Boom Bap Society - Co-founder. BEST OF BALTIMORE winner
Wendel Patrick and Erik Spangler bring the revolving line-up and spontaneous creativity of the Out of Your Head series to the realm of hip-hop—to spectacular effect. Both of these guys are classically trained and impressive in their own rights, but the Boom Bap Society takes it further, with a format that allows MCs to work with some of the best beats and live musicians. A recent night saw Jake Leckie on the upright bass, Tony Bonta on banjo, DJ Dubble8 on the turntables, and Javier Starks as MC. Where else can you see someone seriously rapping over live banjo? And it’s all improvised. These kinds of nights can be revelatory, supportive, scene-building, and fucking fun." - City Paper.
"To describe the type of music Wendel Patrick produces would be to miss the point. His music is rooted in hip hop, but feels both classic and contemporary. His records are entirely self-produced and mixed–truly a complete artist. “Wendel Pat” is Kevin Gift, a classically trained pianist who has performed all over the world. He lives and creates in Baltimore, where he has worked as a Loyola University music professor for a decade. DJ Dubble8 is Erik Spangler, a tour-de-force, personified in the Baltimore music and arts communities. He is an adjunct professor at MICA, a founder of the Mobtown Modern concert series, and earned his Ph.D. in Music Composition at Harvard. These two friends and culture-curators wanted to collaborate. After a short stroll through Station North following last year’s Artscape, the Boom Bap Society vision was born. A typical Boom Bap Society evening will feature different combinations of carefully curated artists, including Wendel and Dubble8 themselves. I have been to a couple and already seen a harpist, vibraphonist, and full chamber orchestra adapt seamlessly to the Boom Bap universe. What comes of it depends on the moment. Literally. Each performance is as “in-the-moment” and “once-in-a-lifetime” as it gets. Or, in my quoted words, “fucking special.” The Boom Bap Society is by far the most promising thing this city’s hip hop community has. Baltimore Club has already put the world on notice; Now the Boom Bap Society has the potential to change the perception of what “hip hop” can be. Community Hip Hop has arrived in Baltimore, and we’re all invited. Talk about a breath of fresh air." - What Weekly
"Forthcoming" Full Length Album
"Forthcoming" is Wendel Patrick's second critically acclaimed full length album featuring appearances from Ryn Tracey, Saleem, Eze Jackson and Topix from Baltimore, Eagle Nebula of Brooklyn, and world renowned spoken word artist and emcee Ursula Rucker. Wendel Patrick lends his own vocals to several tracks. All music was written, played and recorded by Wendel Patrick without the use of physical instruments. The album was released in 2010.
"Sound:" Full Length Album
Wendel Patrick's debut album "Sound:" received national critical acclaim, including "four star" reviews in both URB Magazine and XLR8R Magazine, and was featured on XLR8R.com. The album was essentially sample free, with Wendel Patrick playing all of the instruments; and featured vocal contributions from Baltimore emcee Saleem as well as Cincinnati emcee and ISWHAT?! frontman Napoleon Solo.
Wendel Patrick scores Nike Kobe Bryant "Genius" ad campaign - soundtrack
In 2008 Wendel Patrick was asked to score three commercials for the Nike Zoom Kobe 3 "Genius" advertising campaign using three different musical styles...ragtime for the George Washington Carver spot, solo piano for the Albert Einstein spot, and something akin to a Mozartean symphony for the "Anthem" spot which featured Kobe Bryant as George Washington Carver, Albert Einstein, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Leonardo da Vinci. All of the music was written, played and recorded by Wendel Patrick, without the use of any acoustic instruments.
In addition to his work for Nike, Wendel Patrick has scored national advertising campaigns for Teva and written music for radio shows such as NPR's State Of The Re:Union. He is the composer of the theme music for The Signal which airs weekly on Baltimore's NPR affiliate WYPR.
Wendel Patrick has been referred to as "David Foster Wallace reincarnated as a sound engineer" by Urbanite Magazine and as "wildly talented" by the Baltimore Sun. He has been referred to by XLR8R magazine as "a hip-hop producer that could easily make any fan of Squarepusher, Boards of Canada, or Madlib... more