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Over a two decade career based in Montreal, Canadian multi-percussionist Patrick Graham has been described as a “master improviser… on the border of several forms of traditional and creative music, embracing the world of rhythm as a whole” (Le Devoir). Patrick displays a talent for fusing an eclectic array of influences- ranging from Japanese percussion, through Indian and Irish rhythms, to Mediterranean frame drumming- as a well as a passion for new sounds and improvisation. This unique cross-genre approach is reflective of an extensive and ongoing study of the art of percussion, including a Bachelor of Music from McGill University in Montreal, as well as private training in several countries with Trichy Sankaran, Glen Velez, Carlo Rizzo, Zohar Fresco and Taichi Ozaki. In addition, Patrick has attended workshops and master classes at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Simon Fraser University, the Labyrinth centre in Crete and participated in the Taiko Koh-Kan workshops conducted by the group Kodō, on Sado Island in Japan.

Patrick performs, tours and records regularly with the groups Trifolia, Small World Project, Thomas Carbou, On Ensemble, Kaoru Watanabe, and many more. Collaborations of note include projects with Constantinople, Autorickshaw, La Nef, Ganesh Anandan, the Penderecki String Quartet, Jesse Stewart, David Greenberg, Yves Lambert, Le Vent du Nord, Ramasutra, Tetsuro Naito, Kohei Nishikawa, Solorazaf, Peter Herbert, Carlo Rizzo, Pierre Hamon, Kudsi Erguner, Michel Baklouk Merhej, and Bob Brozman. Patrick has worked with dancer-choreographers Hideo Arai, Tomomi Morimoto, and Roger Sinha, recorded soundtracks for Michel Cusson, Ramachandra Borcar, and Benoit Charest, as well as contributing to productions by IMAX, Cirque du Soleil and Ubisoft Games. Alongside a busy performing and recording schedule, Patrick is also active as an instructor, teaching percussion and rhythm workshops in Canada, the USA, India, China and Japan, as well as for the Cirque du Soleil.

In 2009, Patrick released his first self-produced solo CD, ‘Rheō’, featuring genre-bending original music for an array of percussion instruments and a number of outstanding guests: Ben Grossman, Debashis Sinha, Nicholas Williams, Kaoru Watanabe, and On Ensemble. The recording was picked as one of the top 13 albums of the year by the CBC Radio 2 program ‘The Signal’. Patrick Graham is an endorser of Cooperman Drums.

Un “maître improvisateur de la percussion” qui se tient “… à la frontière de  plusieurs  musiques traditionnelles et de création…” et “embrasse le monde du rythme dans son ensemble”, c’est ainsi que le journaliste Yves Bernard (Le Devoir) qualifie le multi percussionniste Patrick Graham. Son jeu combine une vaste palette d’influences: de la percussion japonaise, aux tambourins méditerranéens, en passant par les rythmes indiens et irlandais tout en maintenant une fascination constante pour les sons nouveaux et inventés. Patrick a joué, tourné et enregistré avec de nombreux artistes canadiens et internationaux tels que Trifolia, Small World Project, Autorickshaw, Trichy Sankaran, Ben Grossman, La Nef, Ensemble Caprice, Constantinople, Apollo’s Fire, On Ensemble, Kaoru Watanabe, Glen Velez, Ganesh Anandan, Carlo Rizzo, Kohei Nishikawa et Tetsuro Naito, de même qu’avec les danseurs Hideo Arai, Geneviève Martin, Tomomi Morimoto et la compagnie Sinha Danse. Il est également très actif en tant que formateur et a dirigé de nombreux ateliers au Canada, aux Etats-Unis, au Japon et en Chine. En janvier 2009, Patrick a sorti son premier album solo intitulé Rheō. Patrick Graham endosse les produits Cooperman Drums.


Thomas Carbou & Patrick Graham

Thomas Carbou and Patrick Graham share an almost telepathic rapport, blending spontaneous improvisation, electronic looping, Brazilian and Indian musical influences, to create both ecstatic groove pieces and dream-like soundscapes. The duo uses an array of instruments, including custom 8-string guitar,   More…


Originally premiered in 2009 to launch the CD of the same name, ‘Rheō’ is a performance project mixing live music and contemporary dance. Percussionist Patrick Graham is accompanied by the electro-acoustic hurdy gurdy of Ben Grossman (Guelph), the Japanese and   More…


Pianist Marianne Trudel, double-bassist Étienne Lafrance and multi-percussionist Patrick Graham are Trifolia, a trio thriving at the fertile intersection of jazz, classical music and global rhythms. Inspired original compositions and virtuosic improvisations are the hallmark of this new group, who   More…

Small World Project

Drawing its inspiration from the four corners of the globe, Small World Project’s music vibrates with Brazilian samba beats, Chilean folklore, flamenco, Hawaiian Island melodies, and the musical strains of Morocco, Senegal, India — with some good old American bluegrass   More…

Gravity Trio

Gravity Trio is a unique group formed by three of Montreal’s most sought-after percussionists: Éric Breton, Patrick Graham, and Bertil Schulrabe. Originally brought together as the rhythm section for the critically-acclaimed instrumental project Absinthe, Éric, Patrick and Bertil have now   More…