Patrick Zimmerli is a New York- and Paris-based composer and saxophonist. His latest CD, with Joshua Redman and the string quartet Brooklyn Rider, was released on Nonesuch Recordings on October 4, 2019. This marks his third collaboration with Nonesuch, following Modern Music, his two-piano CD featuring Kevin Hays and Brad Mehldau, and Redman’s Walking Shadows.
Since winning the inaugural Thelonious Monk Composers Competition in 1993, he has written, recorded and performed with many leading lights in the classical and jazz worlds.
Current projects include Views of Chicago, a “multi-composition” of nine pieces for nine ensembles across many genres in the Chicago area; Messages, a commission from the Seattle Commissioning Club for jazz/classical ensemble; and a Concerto for Flute and Jazz Percussion for Jasmine Choi, Satoshi Takeishi and the New York Classical Players. From 2016-17 Zimmerli curated the INTERSECT festival in NYC’s Bryant Park, and developed Now and Then, a TV series juxtaposing old and new music, for National Sawdust and WNET.
Other collaborators include Luciana Souza, the Knights Orchestra, the Escher String Quartet, the Paris Percussion Group, Mikrokosmos, and French pianist Thomas Enhco.
Zimmerli has written numerous orchestral, chamber and choral works, including two four-movement Piano Trios for the Seattle Chamber Music Festival and two four-movement Piano Concertos with jazz percussion, for Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra with pianists Ethan Iverson and Sonia Rubinsky.
Specializing in large-scale projects, he has written many evening-length works, including Clockworks, a Chamber Music America New Jazz Works Grant for jazz quartet, premiered at (le) Poisson Rouge and released as a CD in 2018. In 2017 he wrote Alan Seeger: Instrument of Destiny, an oratorio for male choir, operatic tenor, jazz percussion and piano, premiered at the storied Invalides in Paris; it was reprised in Reims and at the Fondation Boghossian in Brussels, with a New York premiere at Cathedral of St. John the Divine in November,2019. He also created a site-specific piece entitled Waterfall/Gathering Pools for the Centre Pompidou in Paris with the Paris Percussion Group.
Zimmerli’s music has been performed at Carnegie Hall and Town Hall in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, Salle Pleyel in Paris, Sala São Paolo in Brazil, the Vienna Konzerthaus Grosser Saal and the SF Jazz Center. It has been featured at MoMA and the Guggenheim Museum, on NPR and WQXR, and has been released on the Naxos, Blue Note, Arabesque, Antilles, Songlines, Jazz City, Nouvelle and Naïve labels. He has taught at the Paris Conservatoire, Sciences Po, and Columbia University, where he holds a DMA in Composition.