Composer of jazz and classical music
“The score’s irresistible energy seemed to come from everywhere: classical forms, jazz harmonies, and Arvo Pärt-like meditativeness, were all on tap, and the last bars were pure Romanticism.”
—The New York Times
Patrick Zimmerli is a New York- and Paris-based composer and saxophonist. His latest CD, with Joshua Redman and the string quartet Brooklyn Rider, will be released on Nonesuch Recordings in October 2019. This marks his second collaboration with Nonesuch, following Modern Music, his two-piano CD featuring Kevin Hays and Brad Mehldau.
Other collaborators across the jazz, classical, choral and new music spectrum include Luciana Souza, the Knights Orchestra, the Escher String Quartet, the Paris Percussion Group, and the French vocal ensemble Mikrokosmos.
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 and suites, 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 an oratorio for male choir, operatic tenor, jazz percussion and piano on the work of Alan Seeger, premiered at the storied Invalides in Paris; it was reprised in Reims and at the Fondation Boghossian in Brussels, with a New York premiere with Kent Tritle slated for 2019. He also created a sitespeciﬁc piece entitled Waterfall/Gathering Pools for the Centre Pompidou in Paris with the Paris Percussion Group.
Upcoming projects include a major multi-composition in nine parts called Views of Chicago; a commission from the Seattle Commissioning Club for an evening-length work for jazz/classical chamber 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 Bryant Park in Manhattan, and is developing a series called Now and Then juxtaposing old and new music for National Sawdust and WNET.
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 in MoMA’s Summergarden series, at the Guggenheim Museum, on NPR and at the Jazz Composers’ Collective, and has been recorded on the Naxos, Nonesuch (Warner), Blue Note, Arabesque, Antilles, Songlines, Jazz City, Nouvelle and Naïve labels.