Patrick Swoboda is a NYC-based bass player dedicated to performing the works of living composers, and has worked closely with Steve Reich, Du Yun, Chris Cerrone, and Ken Thomson. Recent highlights include Silent Voices a collaboration between the International Contemporary Ensemble and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus at the 2017 Prototype Festival, Shawn Jaeger's The Cold Pane for voice and small ensemble with Dawn Upshaw at the 2015 Resonant Bodies Festival in Merkin Hall, the premiere of Du Yun's The Man Who Swallowed a Snake for solo bass at the 2015 MATA Festival, a week-long engagement at St. Ann's Warehouse with David Byrne and Jherek Bischoff, and soloing in Chris Cerrone's High Windows with the String Orchestra of Brooklyn. As a founding member of the trio Bearthoven, Swoboda engages young composers to commission and present music for bass, piano, and percussion in largely unexplored new contexts. Formed at the Bang on a Can Festival at Mass MoCA in 2013, Bearthoven has been featured at the 2015 Bang on a Can Marathon, the 2015 MATA Festival, EMPAC, the Minot Modern Festival, BSGU's Music at the Front, and the CNX New Music Exchange. Bearthoven's debut record Trios is out May 5th on Cantaloupe Music. Swoboda has held the position of upright and electric bassist for NYC-based contemporary chamber orchestra Contemporaneous since 2012, and has performed with the group at the Bard Music Festival, the 2015 Bang on a Can Marathon and New Amsterdam Presents at National Sawdust. A frequent collaborator, Swoboda has performed with Tigue, Dither, the Slee Sinfonietta, Hotel Elefant, Exceptet, along with many other exciting ensembles.
Comfortable in a wide range of genres, Swoboda is a core member of the punk-jazz quartet Gutbucket alongside Ken Thomson, Ty Citerman and Adam Gold. Gutbucket released Dance in 2016, an album of new original material recorded live at The Stone in NYC, and toured extensively behind the record in both Europe and North America. Swoboda is a creative collaborator in the group, contributing compositions to the band's unique and expansive repertoire. In years past, Swoboda participated as a fellow in both OneBeat's 2015 residency and tour on the west coast and OneBeat Istanbul. OneBeat is a program which employs collaborative original music as a potent new form of cultural diplomacy. Throughout each of these experiences Swoboda collaborated with musicians from around the world in creating and performing new cross-genre works as well as engaging in outreach programs with surrounding schools and communities. In 2016, Swoboda was very happy to join fellow OneBeat alumni in the Ladama Project, a performance and educational ensemble of four women from across the Americas who have come together to address gender equality issues in all aspects of music education, business, and performance. In the summers of 2013-14 Swoboda was a Robert Black bass fellow at the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival.
An accomplished orchestral player, Swoboda has performed with the American Symphony Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, the New York Pops Orchestra, the Riverside Symphony, the Bard Music Festival Orchestra and the Teatro alla Scala Orchestra. With the ASO, Swoboda has appeared as principal double bass at Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space and the Fisher Center at Bard College. Swoboda was a regular sub for Les Misérables on Broadway and has performed number of other Broadway shows including A Christmas Story, Paramour, and The Nance.
Originally from South Kingstown, Rhode Island, Swoboda holds both a BM and an MM from NYU's Steinhardt School where he studied with Joesph Bongiorno.