Pat Irwin has been living and making music in New York City since the late 1970′s. He is currently scoring the upcoming season of Nurse Jackie for Showtime and recently completed the scores for the HBO Documentary, “Fall To Grace,” written and directed by Alexandra Pelosi, (Sundance 2013) and “Hopper Stories” a series of shorts based on works of Edward Hopper including “The Muse” written and directed by Sophie Barthes (Arte France).
Irwin graduated from Grinnell College in 1977. Shortly thereafter, he received a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship for international study and moved to Paris where he attended composition workshops and performed with the iconic composer John Cage. Moving to New York City in 1979 he became a founding member of two bands, The Raybeats and Eight Eyed Spy. Both bands were important components of what has become known as No Wave. In 1989 Pat joined The B-52s and performed and recorded with the band through 2008. In 2013 The Raybeats released “The Lost Philip Glass Sessions,” a series of collaborations with composer Philip Glass that were originally recorded in 1982. He later joined The B-52s and recorded and performed with the group from 1989-2008.
Robert Palmer, writing in the New York Times, described Irwin as a “mercurial presence on the New York rock scene of the early 80′s. The bands he helped found, The Raybeats and Eight Eyed Spy resembled each other only in that they had an aversion to the predictable and the ordinary.” He has performed in diverse venues such as CBGB’s, Max’s Kansas City, The Mudd Club, The Kitchen, Dance Theater Workshop, The Knitting Factory, Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, and Madison Square Garden.
Film scores include “My New Gun,” written and directed by Stacey Cochran, “Bam Bam and Celeste,” written by, and starring Margaret Cho, and “But I’m A Cheerleader,” written and directed by Jamie Babbitt. Television work includes Showtimes Nurse Jackie and Season 3 of Bored to Death for HBO. He has scored hundreds of cartoons including “Rocko’s Modern Life,” “Pepper Ann,” “A Little Curious,” and the Emmy Award winning “Class of 3000″ (with Andre 3000 from the band “OutKast”). His contributions to the “SpongeBob SquarePants” soundtracks were awarded ASCAP Film & Television Awards in 2011, 2012, and 2013. “The Cartoon Music Book,” referred to Irwin’s music for “Rocko’s Modern Life” as “astonishing musical cues that hold up with the best Raymond Scott.”
In 2012, Pat received an honorary doctorate from Grinnell College. He currently teaches a seminar in film music composition at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Music Theater Program.