Kevin Patton is a composer, scholar, and experimental sound performer whose music explores intersections of composition and improvisation, technology and the body. The design of new musical interfaces and computer music systems for the analysis, composition, and performance of electronic, multimedia, and experimental music is at the center of his practice.
Kevin is a recent winner of the Rhizome 2009 commission competition with visual artist Maria del Carmen Montoya for their installation, I Sky You. Kevin often performs his own work in both instrumental improvisation and interactive chamber music and has performed in Europe, Japan, and throughout North America while his chamber music has also been performed by such ensembles as Dinosaur Annex. Kevin is also a founding member of Gray Code an improvisation ensemble that combines electronic instrument design and machine improvisation with experimental jazz practice in collaboration with percussionist Frederick Kennedy and clarinetist and composer Butch Rovan.
Kevin’s music and ideas have been presented at the International Computer Music Conference 2009, Electronic Music Studies (EMS) International conference in Paris, France and Beijing, China, and the Visiones Sonoras festival in Morelia, Mexico, among many. He was an Invited Researcher at the Sorbonne, in Paris France for the Spring of 2009. Kevin holds a Master of Music degree in jazz studies and composition from the University of North Texas, where he played guitar in the grammy nominated One O’Clock Lab Band, and a Master of Arts Degree from Brown University. He is currently a PhD Candidate in electronic music and multimedia composition at Brown University.