patchtax – consisting of saxophonist, Mary Joy Patchett, and violist, Eve Boltax – was founded in 2013. The duo explores unconventional performance practices within the realm of classical chamber music. They have received grant funding from the Boston Foundation, the Barr Foundation, and the New England Foundation for the Arts.
At the beginning of 2016, they released their first album which was supported by a crowdfunding campaign. Their music video of Kevin Laba’s “Emaciate” was featured on the blog i care if you listen. patchtax toured Vermont and Quebec with dancer Elizabeth Epsen and composer/sound engineer Kevin Laba during the summer of 2015. patchtax’s first commissioning project was in the fall of 2013, where a set of six duos by six different composers were written to be performed with a food pairing. They have held residencies at the Banff Centre, the Avaloch Farm Music Institute, and Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts.