Everett Patterson, tenor, joined Cantores in Ecclesia just in time for the 2010 Byrd Festival. Originally from New Orleans, LA, Everett studied medieval history and music theory at Columbia University, which is where he first developed a "thing" for early music. He learned how to sing while in Columbia's one-of-a-kind jazz a capella group, Uptown Vocal, and later joined New York City's free outdoor early music choir, The Renaissance Street Singers, directed by John Hetland. In addition to Cantores, Everett currently sings with the choir of St. Michael and All Angels in northeast Portland, directed by Scott Tuomi, and the Senate Street Shower Soloists, which performs original aleatory/improvisatory vocal works in an intimate, humid and acoustically vibrant setting, under the direction of himself.

Everett is a cartoonist (really) whose graphic novel, Savage Nobles in the Land of Enchantment, can be read online at http://www.savagenobles.com. "SNitLoE" is a political/religious adventure about the four members of a touring garage band becoming lost and separated in the deserts of New Mexico. He plans to self-publish it in the spring of 2011.

"I would tend to divide music very roughly into two categories. One is music that involves declamation, rhetoric, language... The second is music which is more a state of sound than a discourse. It's the difference between Monteverdi, which mainly says things, and the music of Ockeghem, which says, 'This is the world.'"

- Gerard Grisey

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