Nicole Patrick, percussion

Nicole Patrick, drummer and percussionist, grew up in Miami among a diverse culture of people and customs. She is a member of NY based contemporary quartet, Mobius Percussion, and is co-founder/co-director of Threads All Arts Festival, an annual festival that showcases 150+ local artists in Southeast Michigan. Primarily living in Detroit, Nicole plays drums and percussion for folk, Americana, punk, improvised, electronic and interdisciplinary groups. She also works with regional theatres, Theatre Aspen (Colorado), Zoetic Stage (Miami) and most recently, Slow Burn Theatre Company (South Florida). Since 2014, she has composed music for Berlin-based dance company, Tangente Company.

Nicole is a proud alumna of Interlochen Arts Academy and graduated from the University of Michigan in 2016 with degrees in Percussion Performance (BM) and Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation (BFA). She returned to Interlochen Arts Camp this summer as a percussion teaching assistant for Keith Aleo and Jeffrey Irving. During her studies, she was a grant recipient from UofM’s International Institute (2014), to study innovative pedagogical techniques under composer/percussionist, Julie Spencer, and Tanz Tangente director, Nadja Raszewski. Their commitment to revealing their hearts through art and to social activism, mixed with the Tao of Pooh, has heavily influenced Nicole’s trajectory. She has performed at the Scotia Festival of Music (2017), National Sawdust (2017) and Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival (2015). Upon graduation from U of M, she was awarded the highest honor in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance; the Albert A. Stanley Medal. She is the winner of the 2015 Black Swamp Multi-Percussion Solo Contest, and Sabian Larrie Londin Memorial Scholarship Fund on drumset. She was named an Artist in Residence with Ann Arbor’s performing arts organization, University Musical Society during their 2016-2017 season.