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Pat Irwin has been living and making music in New York City since the late 1970′s.  He is currently composing the score for the Showtime series Nurse Jackie.

Past credits include HBO’s Bored to Death and numerous independent films including: “But I’m A Cheerleader,” “My New Gun,” and “Bam Bam And Celeste.” Documentaries include  HBO’s “Fall To Grace,” written and directed by Alexandra Pelosi, (Sundance 2013)  He has scored hundreds of cartoons including “SpongeBob SquarePants,” “Rocko’s Modern Life,” “Pepper Ann,” and “Class of 3000″ (with OutKast’s Andre 3000). He received 2011, 2012, and 2013  ASCAP Film & Television Awards for his contributions to the “SpongeBob” soundtrack.

Pat Irwin was a founding member of The Raybeats and Eight Eyed Spy and was a member of The B-52s from 1989-2008.

Pat Irwin

Raybeats “Guitar Beat” is now available for download – Thanks Peter Buck (R.E.M.)

The Raybeats first LP, recorded in 1981 is now available. Peter Buck (R.E.M) wrote a brief essay about the band.

The Raybeats came out of New York City in 1979 combining early Sixties instrumental rock with post punk experimentalism , Italian Spaghetti Western soundtrack music, and a bit of free jazz. The end result was like nothing else happening at the time, a scorching, joyful, reinvention that felt as current and up to date as it was a sly look back in time. I had the pleasure of seeing them live as well as opening for them and they were a mighty band. They were fun too, and fun was in short supply in those days. I hope these reissues will remind everyone how great they were. And I haven’t even mentioned the majesty of their apparel. (Peter Buck, March 2014.)

It’s Only a Movie

The long out of print second album by the Raybeats is now available as a digital download via iTunes. Originally recorded in 1983, the record was remastered by Patrick Derivaz, and to my ears sounds like a new recording. There’s also a booklet available that includes unpublished photos, Andy Schwartz’ moving obit on George Scott originally published in the New York Rocker, as well as notes I wrote while we were pulling together the unreleased material we recorded with Philip Glass.


The Lost Philip Glass Sessions

When The Raybeats and Philip Glass went in to the studio in 1982 we didn’t really know what to expect, it took thirty years to find out. For one reason or another these tracks were never released and thanks to Orange Mountain Music for putting them out. For me, going back to the original recordings was like opening up some kind of a wild time capsule. All sorts of genres were colliding in ways that we take for granted now. Check out “The Lost Philip Glass Sessions” for a quick spin through New York City in the early 80′s.
You can get the CD through Amazon and iTunes (download).

Upcoming Concert – Press Release

Pat Irwin is “Bored To Death.”

On Saturday, May 18th at 8:00 pm, Pat Irwin will present a concert premier at the Gotham Center (Queens Plaza, Long Island City) featuring his original score from the much loved, and much missed, HBO series “Bored To Death.”  Irwin will also premier new music from his adaptation of William S. Burroughs’ “The Last Words Of Dutch Schultz” as well as other first time performances of original compositions.

The musicians include some of New York City’s most prominent players from the contemporary classical, jazz, theater, and alternative rock and roll scenes. Clarice Jensen, cello and Nadia Sirota, viola (ACME String Quartet), Dan Rieser, drums (Norah Jones, The Little Willies, Roseanne Cash), Tim Luntzel, bass (Norah Jones, Lee Renaldo, Roseanne Cash), Matt Ray, piano (Runner Up Thelonious Monk Piano Competition 1999, Citizens Band)J. Walter Hawkes, trombone, uke, (Three-Time Emmy Winning Composer, “WonderPets”)  Rob DeBellis, clarinet, sax (Don Byron, “Lion King”), Marty Ehrlich, flute, sax,  (John Zorn, Julius Hemphill)  Mike Englander, vibes (Steve Reich, “Wicked,” “Sister Act”), Andy Blanco, percussion (“The Color Purple,” “Nice Work If You Can Get It”), Patrick Derivaz, double bass, Pat Irwin, guitar.

Pat Irwin has been living and making music in New York City since the late 1970’s. He was a member of the Raybeats (1979-1885), 8 Eyed Spy (1979-1982), and the B-52s (1989-2008). Most recently Irwin composed the score for the Showtime series, “Nurse Jackie.” He also composed the music for cartoons such as “SpongeBob SquarePants,” “Rocko’s Modern Life,” “Pepper Ann,” and “Class Of 3000.” He received 2011 and 2012 ASCAP Film and Television Awards for his contributions to the “SpongeBob” soundtrack. Film soundtracks include “My New Gun” and “But I’m A Cheerleader,”

Describing Irwin’s music in the New York Times, Robert Palmer wrote, “Pat Irwin was a mercurial presence on the New York rock scene of the early ‘80’s. The bands he helped found resemble each other only in that both had an aversion to the predictable and the ordinary.” An aversion to the predictable and ordinary aptly describes this unique concert program.

The concert is a part of the Long Island City Arts Open. Help celebrate the arts in Long Island City from May 15 – 19. (www.licartspopen.org)

The Gotham Center, Saturday, May 18, 8:00.

42-09 28th St., Long Island City, Queens, NY 11101 (South side of Queens Plaza: Take the  7, N,  F, E to Queens Plaza or the N, Q to Queensboro Plaza)

For more information contact: pat.irwin@verizon.net / www.patirwinmusic.com

For ticket and reservation info contact: info@licartsopen.org / www.licartsopen.org

Fall To Grace — airs on HBO

Check out Alexandra Pelosi’s documentary on former NJ governor Jim McGreevey, “Fall To Grace,” tonight on HBO. It’s very moving and timely. I composed the score and played piano, with Clarice Jensen (cello), Caroline Shaw (violin) and Tom Beckham (vibes.) Recorded by Patrick Derivaz who also played double bass.