The Venus Orbit is a multimedia instrumental ensemble founded by award winning NYC based Film Composer Keith Patchel.
The April 12, 2018 performance at Howl Gallery will be the debut The CutOuts, a new music song cycle of the poetry of Bob Holman (who will be performing), based on the CutOuts of Henri Matisse. Featured performers include Clara Francesca, Sayaka Aiba, Alexis Kandra (videography) and Alan Grubner.
Keith Patchel is the Co-Creator of the MarsBand at the Hayden Planetarium (American Museum of Natural History). In 2016 he composed an opera entitled The Plain of Jars for which he received the 2017 Acker Award for Composer/Producer of the Year (which was performed again in July 2017 at NYU's Black Box Theatre as part of the IMPACT Festival) In 2015 he composed the Pluto Symphony for the Hayden Planetarium (an official selection for the nomination for the Pulitzer Prize in Music 2015). He is also the Composer in Residence at the MusEdLab (an NYU music education software development initiative). In 2014 He composed a score and performed with Barbara Vann (a founding member of The Open Theater) for Don Juan in Hell at the Medicine Show Theatre. Keith's other recent credits include Score and Sound Design for Chekov's "Uncle Vanya" at Columbia University and the Medicine Show Theater, composer for Mr. E's Humongous Underground Digital Vaudeville Extravaganza about Edward Snowden, composer for the Emmy nominated HBO documentary "Finishing Heaven" (2010) as well as having won Best Composer award for the film "Crumble" at Manhattan Film Festival (2011) and New York International Film Festival (2010). He trained at Juilliard with an MA in Composition from CUNY Queens/ Mannes School of Music, and a BFA Music (magna cum laude) SUNY Buffalo. A veteran of the NYC Rock/Punk scene, highlights include Richard Lloyd's Field of Fire album.