Patricio Fraile Danish/Spanish composer has made Copenhagen his artistic home. Blending classical, folk, and ambient elements, his music takes listeners on a heartfelt and poetic journey. Patricio's education as a viola and clarinet player and his upbringing in the realm of symphonies have laid the groundwork for his imaginative string arrangements. His curiosity extends beyond his solo works, as he lends his talents to diverse projects.
Patricio's musical journey began with a rich foundation of devotional music, thanks to his father's role as a church organist. He transitioned from the violin to the viola at a young age, later exploring compositions by Italian movie music maestros Nito Rota and Giovanni Fusco. His exposure to Spanish and latinamerican fusionist and singer-songwriters like Joaquín Sabina, Silvio Rodríguez and pop star Ana Belen during long drives to Spain in the 90s further shaped his eclectic musical palette. Under the name of Orchestra Nord he has recorded his music with ensemble musicians from The Estonian National Orchestra in Tallinn. He has also recorded with the Budapest Art Orchestra and with musicians from the contemporary classical scene in Copenhagen and Malmö. Patricio holds a M.A. in music, specializing in film scoring and orchestration, and has been mentored by A-list composer Carter Burwell and cinematic legend Walter Murch, during his period of studies in Los Angeles and New York.
Notable among his releases is his original score for the film Before Long where delicate harmonies and melodies for strings, woodwinds, and harp transport listeners to a world of beauty and vulnerability. His singles Movement V and Symmetri have been featured on Spotify's Classical New Releases playlist. Patricio's most recent single Nat released on World Sleep Day 2023 draws inspiration from the beautiful nocturnes of the romantic era. Patricio weaves a musical tapestry that captures the essence of nighttime serenity. The piano single will soon be followed by an ambient/ensemble rendition for string ensemble and clarinet. Additionally, he and composer Emil Friis are soon releasing their collaborative album The Expected Sounds of Minor Music set to make its mark on the post - classical scene on FatCat Records imprint 130701 in December 2023.
In the world of film, Patricio's work has left an indelible mark through captivating film projects. Notably, he lent his talents to the powerful documentary Taliban Land (2022), directed by the renowned Cavling Prize winner Nagieb Khaja and premiered at CPH DOX 2022. The multi-award-winning and Robert nominated short films, Amourteur (2021) and Abu Adnan directed by Sylvia Le Fanu. Prix Europa nominated documentary Helvedes Homo, starring Abdel Aziz Mahmoud. Patricio has also crafted captivating themes for global campaigns and commercials, collaborating with visionary directors including Espen Sandberg, Marc Reisbig, and Stefan Pflug.
His contributions as an arranger, musician and composer of additional music can be heard in critically acclaimed works like the DR documentary series Paraplymordet (2023) and Partiernes Skjulte Overgreb (2020) on danish TV2, directed by Cavling Prize winner Frederik Brun Madsen. Undersea (2022) directed by Jannick Splidsboe and many more. His ability to blend genres and evoke powerful feelings sets him apart, ensuring that his melodies resonate long after the final note.
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