Patrick Watson is a nontraditional concert pianist. In fact, he is the quintessential nontraditional musician. Classically trained since the age of seven, he has since mastered the art of playing complicated arrangements on his traditional grand piano that with each break hit a different chord in the body of the listener. His music is in a word: breathtaking. Switching from a piano to a harpsichord, from a falsetto to bravado, the sounds that escape Watson with each transition are electrifying.

Since his humble beginnings playing in a ska/reggae band in California where he was born, the Quebec-based artist has released several albums since going solo in 2003. Secret City Records picked him up in 2006, releasing his second full-length album Close To Paradise (2007), which won the Polaris Music Prize,

Watson didn’t break out in the U.S. until his next release in 2009, Wooden Arm’s, which featured two tracks that would soon make him a household name. “Big Bird In A Small Cage” and “Beijing” were the tracks that sparked his notoriety—both featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk Sessions and on Grey’s Anatomy.

Come 2012, Adventures In Your Own Backyard was released just as he was heading out on his first ever U.S. tour. His performances blew away critics and audiences alike. He and his magnificently talented band—including the multi-versatile Robbie Kuster, who experiments with an array of toys and mallets, bells and whistles and sometimes bicycle parts.

The violinist, Melanie Belair, also accompanies Watson on tour, with an amazing range and strong voice; she adds just the right amount of romanticism to the stage to make hearts melt.

This is a show that you will never forget… It will be nothing less than an adventure from start to finish.

Half Moon Run and Alpha Consumer open for Patrick Watson on Sunday, December 2 at 8 pm at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL 60614. Purchase tickets here.

 

 

 

 

Upcoming US Tour Dates

 

 

Dec 4- Columbus, OH Wexner Center
Dec 6- Toronto, Canada, Massey Hall
Dec 8- Cambridge, MA The Sinclair
Dec 9- Portland, OR MESPACE Gallery