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Patrick Laird

Break Of Reality
Patrick Laird is a founding member of Break of Reality, a cello rock band formed at the Eastman School of Music in 2003. He is a strong advocate for internet radio fairness, benefiting from the medium with nearly 16 million plays per year, all as an independent artist. Patrick tours extensively with Break of Reality, giving performances at major performing arts centers, colleges, festivals and music clubs around the country. As an advocate for music education, he has also given hundreds of workshops and lectures to music students of all ages. An avid composer, Patrick has written featured compositions on multiple Break of Reality albums, which have sold over 40,000 copies to date. His compositions have also been licensed for film and TV, including a documentary on PBS that went on to win an Emmy. He recently took a sabbatical in Peru to write his first concerto for three cellos, percussion and orchestra, which will be premiered this year with Break of Reality and the Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra.

My Speakers Sessions

Wednesday, March 13