Greg Pattillo

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Greg Pattillo
Born (1977-07-01) 1 July 1977 (age 42)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
InstrumentsFlute, beatboxing
Years active11–present
Associated actsProject Trio

Greg Pattillo (born July 1, 1977) is a beatboxing flautist originally from Seattle, but now operates in Brooklyn, New York. He was lauded by The New York Times as "the best person in the world at what he does."[1] His performance videos on YouTube, showcasing "beatbox flute," have been viewed more than 70 million times.[2]

Pattillo earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of Joshua Smith, the principal flautist of the Cleveland Orchestra. After a summer spent as the acting principal flute of Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, Pattillo moved to San Francisco where he was a founding member of the Collaborative Arts Insurgency and the 16th and Mission Thursday Night gathering for performers. Though noteworthy for his innovations combining beatbox and flute, Pattillo deserves recognition as an arranger and composer who infuses elements of jazz and hip hop into his compositions for flute and Project Trio.[3]

Pattillo enjoys freelancing as a soloist, and is the flautist of the group PROJECT Trio. PROJECT Trio is a chamber music ensemble based in Brooklyn, NY. The trio features Greg Pattillo on Flute, Eric Stephenson on cello, and Peter Seymour on bass.[2]

In June 2007, Pattillo was named one of 21 winners of the Metropolitan Transit Authority's "Music Under New York" program. Among other things the award gives Pattillo an official permit, of sorts, to play music in the subway.[4]

Pattillo was also seen on an episode of Nickelodeon's TV series, iCarly (and was said to be Sam's cousin that was not in jail) and has videos and recordings on He also appeared as a guest on one episode of Lily Allen and Friends in the UK shown on BBC Three.

In May, 2010, he premiered a concerto for Beatbox Flute, composed by Randall Woolf and performed with the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra.

Greg currently works with his band PROJECT Trio, along with doing many showcases and preparing for his 2010 tour.

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  1. ^ Randall, David K (2007-05-22). "INK; A Flute With a Beat, and You Might Dance to It". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-06-19.
  2. ^ a b "The Project". Retrieved 2007-10-23.
  3. ^ Barth, Molly (Spring 2013). "Project Trio: When Will Then Be Now". Flutist Quarterly. Archived from the original on January 30, 2018. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
  4. ^ Rundle, Michael (2007-06-14). "Laying down tracks: MTA's winning performers add beat to commute". Metro New York. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-06-19.

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