Patrick Lester-Rourke is composer/performer known for his innovative mixture of improvisation, world music, electroacoustic soundscapes and poetry.
Patrick's debut IDENTITY, demonstrates his wide range of influences by dissecting and re-framing through the post-production technique Miles Davis and Teo Macero pioneered in the 70’s.
2019 saw Patrick embark upon a series of collaborative projects with up-and-coming Birmingham artists. Each in-turn the performers created highly-conceptual albums that explored the limits of their instruments expression. Ranging from the explosive dissection of anger ‘Wrath’, to the meditative homage to John Clare ‘The Peasant Poet’.
2020 will see Patrick exploring new territory as he forms a band of collaborators to reach new emotional depths. Outside of his own projects Patrick also takes commissions. Click here to make any enquiries.
"Unusual, genre-defying, quirky…its eclecticism and multifariousness – presented with an overarching, homemade ardency – makes Identity beguiling"
"the hour-long album brings a big band (duodecet) into play with intricate compositions which incorporate improvisation, too....all are excellent. Truly an album to which to look forward!"
"interesting stuff from Patrick Lester-Rourke"
selected other works
Picattso Main Theme
-Video Game Soundtrack
I Have Loved Hours at Sea
Dysfunctional but loveable
-saxophone and tape
A difficult choice
"'I Have Loved Hours At Sea' is a poignant setting that transmits Sara Teasdale's melancholic nostalgia with impressive subtlety"
-Daniel Galbreath (conductor)
"Realisation is a great piece of music. I feel it really captured the idea of what I was looking for in my album ‘Night bird’. It's composed with real consideration for how the saxophone can be played. Patrick was very professional in our meetings together, he was organised and great fun to work with"
-Benjamin Hill (saxophonist)
"Patrick was a pleasure to work with and Lone is an amazing piece! When Playing it I feel the loneliness it portrays deep inside. It was a pleasure to perform and I enjoyed every single note of it."
-Yijiao Feng (pianist)