patchtax – consisting of saxophonist, Mary Joy Patchett, and violist, Eve Boltax – was founded in 2013. The duo explores unconventional performance practices within the realm of classical chamber music. They have received grant funding from the Boston Foundation, the Barr Foundation, and the New England Foundation for the Arts.
During 2016, patchtax: released their debut album; spent the month of February 2016 in residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada) where they continued their exploration of theatricality in music performance; gave a sold-out performance at Mobius (Cambridge) featuring projected video and a collaboration with dancer Elizabeth Epsen; were in residence at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute with composer Michael Miller; and embarked on a West Coast performance tour of San Francisco, Seattle, and Vancouver during November 2016.
During summer 2015, patchtax crowdfunded a northeast tour and recording project that culminated in the release of their first album at the beginning of 2016. patchtax toured with dancer Elizabeth Epsen and composer/sound engineer Kevin Laba. Performances were held in Montpelier, Burlington, Montreal and Quebec City and experiences were documented through the creation of music videos. In December 2015, patchtax organized a performance at Make Shift Boston that was a celebration of the touring and recording project. Here, patchtax collaborated with public artist Daniel Sternof Beyer (New American Public Art), and dancer Elizabeth Epsen, in a performance that experimented with the theatrics of live concert performance, interpretations of patchtax’s music videos, the embodiment of musicians, and the shared physical space of musicians, dancer, and audience.
Over the past four seasons, patchtax has performed extensively throughout the U.S. at venues such as: the Center for New Music, Brandeis University, Brooklyn College, the Advent Library Concert Series, Out of the Box Festival, SpectrumNYC, ChagallPAC, OpenSound Concert Series, the Somerville Armory, Groupmuse events, the New Art Center, the Nave Gallery Series, BrickBottom Gallery, and Junk Kitchen Series.
patchtax’s first commissioning project was in the fall of 2013, where a short set of duos by different composers were written to be performed with a food pairing. During the Spring of 2014, patchtax created the piece “Love” with composer David Dominique that began and ended with the staging of a ritualistic and surreal dining room scene. patchtax has over a dozen commissioned works by Boston, New York and Chicago area composers. In January of 2015, patchtax spent a month in residency at the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts in Saratoga, Wyoming. patchtax was invited to perform at the 2015 World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France.
To read an article about patchtax‘s performance in Montpelier, VT, click here.
Eve Boltax | Viola
Violist Eve Boltax is an active performer and teaching artist in the northeast. She is a founding member of the saxophone and viola duo, patchtax, who explore unconventional performance practices within the realm of classical chamber music. She is also a founding member of the Cardamom Quartet, who is dedicating their season to programming music by women. She performs regularly with many area orchestras including the Vermont Symphony, the Burlington Chamber Orchestra, the New Bedford Symphony, the Cape Ann Symphony, and the Boston Conservatory Orchestra. As a performer of new music she can be heard with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and the Equilibrium Ensemble. She also performs regularly with the classical period instrument orchestra, Grand Harmonie.
As a teaching artist, Eve works with Classroom Cantatas, TERC, the Boston Arts Academy, the Broad Institute, the Vermont Creative Education Lab, and has trained at Lincoln Center Education. Her 2016 season includes residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts and Avaloch Farm. She received her Master of Music degree at the Longy School of Music as a student of Dimitri Murrath and was the recipient of the President’s Award for Teaching Artistry. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Massachusetts Amherst where was a student of Elizabeth Chang and the recipient of the Julian Olevsky Scholarship and the 2010 Concerto Competition Winner. She is currently training to become a Feldenkrais practitioner and teaches Suzuki violin at her home studio.
Mary Joy Patchett | Saxophones
Saxophonist Mary Joy Patchett is an avid supporter and performer of new music. Mary Joy is a founding member of the viola and saxophone duo, patchtax, which has been actively performing in Boston and New York since 2013. The duo often collaborates with other artists, most recently combining their efforts with a dancer and lighting designer. Patchtax recently completed their first album, which is the result of a fully crowdfunded tour and recording project that took them to Vermont, Montreal and Quebec City over the summer of 2015. This past season, Mary Joy has performed with the EQ Ensemble, Sound Icon, Tanglewood Music Center, Chagall Performing Arts Collective, among others. She recently recorded a chamber opera by Beth Wiemann and premiered a baritone saxophone version of a solo work by William Kenlon. Mary Joy was in residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada in February 2016.
Past projects have included appearances with/at the New York City Electronic Music Festival, Boston Microtonal Society, Washington Square Contemporary Music Society in New York, and the East Coast Contemporary Ensemble. Mary Joy has performed as a soloist in New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall with the NEC Contemporary Ensemble. As an ensemble member, she performed with the Paris Conservatory’s Saxophone Ensemble and has toured the Midwest with the Eastman Wind Ensemble. Mary Joy toured Holland with the Thump Quartet, an all-female saxophone quartet in 2007. As a member of the East Coast Contemporary Ensemble, Ms. Patchett has premiered several solo and ensemble works at the annual Etchings Festival in Auvillar, France, as well as the 2012 La Pietra Forum in Florence, Italy. She was an artist in residence at Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts in Saratoga, Wyoming in January of 2015.
Ms. Patchett has played in masterclasses with renowned saxophonists including Jean-Marie Londeix, Jean-Michel Goury and the members of the Rascher Saxophone Quartet. She received a Bachelor of Music degree from New England Conservatory studying with Ken Radnofsky, and a Master of Music degree from Eastman School of Music studying with Chien-Kwan Lin. Mary Joy has studied natural movement, massage therapy, eastern medicine, with a special passion for injury prevention with musicians. She is currently studying to become a Restorative Exercise Specialist and is a certified MovNat trainer. Mary Joy lives in Boston and teaches saxophone at the Wellesley Public Schools.