Biography

Photo by Hannah Devereux

Photo by Hannah Devereux

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 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 Jherik Bischoff, and soloing in Chris Cerrone's High Windows with the String Orchestra of Brooklyn. As a founding member of the trio BearthovenSwoboda 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 already 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. Swoboda also plays in a number of other chamber ensembles including Exceptet, which commissions and performs new music for the unusual instrumentation of Stravinsky's l'historie du soldat, and composer/performer Du Yun’s experimental pop-classical band OK Miss. He has also 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 the 2016 MATA Festival.

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 will release Dance in 2016, an album of new original material recorded live at The Stone in NYC, and will tour 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. Swoboda was twice a Robert Black bass fellow at the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival and participated in OneBeat's 2015 residency and tour on the west coast, during which he collaborated with musicians from around the world in creating and performing new cross-genre works. An accomplished orchestral player, Swoboda has performed with the American Symphony Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, the New York Pops 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 is a regular sub for Les Misérables on Broadway and has performed number of other Broadway shows including the original run of A Christmas Story at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater and the run of The Nance at the Lyceum Theater.

Originally from South Kingstown, Rhode Island, he holds both a BM and an MM from NYU's Steinhardt School where he studied with Joseph Bongiorno.