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MEET WENDEL PATRICK, ARTWORKS’ NEW HOST

Wendel Patrick has been referred to as “David Foster Wallace reincarnated as a sound engineer” by Urbanite Magazine and as “wildly talented” by the Baltimore Sun. He has been referred to by XLR8R magazine as “a hip-hop producer that could easily make any fan of Squarepusher, Boards of Canada, or Madlib flip out.” In the February 2018 issue of Baltimore Magazine, Wendel Patrick was named one of 30 Baltimore Visionaries, calling him “one of the most influential and omnipresent figures in the local arts scene”.

The alter ego of classical and jazz pianist Kevin Gift, Wendel Patrick is rapidly making a name for himself as a producer to be recognized. With five solo albums to his credit, he is equally at home behind two turntables, beatboxing, improvising, or playing a Mozart Concerto on stage with an orchestra. 

He is a co-founder of the Baltimore Boom Bap Society along with Erik Spangler, and co-creator along with Aaron Henkin of “Out of the Blocks”, the Edward R. Murrow award-winning documentary radio program that has aired on WYPR, PRX, NPR and The BBC. Mr. Patrick is a recipient of the 2015 Baker Artist Awards’ Mary Sawyers Baker grand prize, and was a professor of music at Loyola University Maryland for eleven years.

Wendel Patrick is currently an Assistant Professor of Music Engineering & Technology at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. His classes include “Hip Hop Music Production: History and Practice," the first course of its kind to be taught at a major traditional music conservatory anywhere in the United States.