Jacob David Sudol(b. Des Moines, Iowa 1980) writes intimate compositions that explore enigmatic phenomena and the inner nature of how we perceive sound. He recently finished his M.Mus. at McGill University and currently resides in La Jolla, CA where he is working towards a Ph.D. in composition at the University of California at San Diego with Roger Reynolds, Chinary Ung, Philippe Manoury, and Rand Steiger.

Over the last five years some of Jacob's mentors in composition have included John Rea, Denys Bouliane, Philippe Leroux, Sean Ferguson, Dan Asia, and Craig Walsh. He has also participated in master classes with Danish composer Bent Sørensen and German composer Manfred Stahnke.

During 2005-2006, Jacob was the first-ever composer-in-residence for the McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble under the direction of Denys Bouliane, in collaboration with the McGill Digital Composition Studio. He has also written music for the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, the Contemporary Keyboard Society, percussionist Fernando Rocha, saxophonist Elizabeth Bunt, and clarinetist Krista Martynes. As an undergraduate at the University of Arizona, he composed the music for a collaborative dance project with choreographer Hillary Peterson, and he was the principal composer and pianist for El Proyecto de Santa Barbara, a chamber Latin jazz ensemble.

During the 2005 and 2007 Montréal/Nouvelles Musiques and 2006 MusiMars festivals Jacob was an electronic assistant for performances with Court-Circuit, Matt Haimovitz, Sara Laimon, Martin Matalon, Moritz Eggert, Manfred Stahnke, the Caput Ensemble, and the McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble. These concerts were broadcast by the CBC and the European Broadcasting Union in over fifty countries throughout the world. He is currently a studio research assistant for Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Roger Reynolds.

During his free time Jacob takes an active interest in religious phenomenology, cinema, acoustics, literature, poetry, and visual art. As a composer and performer, he always attempts to bring insights from these other fields into his work.


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Mp3 Blog #53: Knee Train, Night Train Knee

Philip Glass:
From “Einstein on the Beach” (1976)
”Knee 1”
”Train 1”
”Night Train”
”Knee 3”

Performed by the Philip Glass Ensemble and available on this compact disc

Also check a number of free videos and audio of the of Philip Glass Ensemble in the 70’s at Ubuweb

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When I was eight and first started playing piano and composing (the two thankfully began simultaneously) my first compositional discovery was constantly repeating two to different five notes. When I first demonstrated my discovery to my teacher she laughed and said that I sounded like Philip Glass.

Because of this event, until two years ago I had never actively listened to any Philip Glass. To try and rectify this lapse in my musical education I listened to a number of Glass’s compositions from throughout his career and while I was alternatively underwhelmed by the softness of his more recent compositions I was also thoroughly impressed by the more abrasive, jarring, and direct esthetic demonstrated in earlier works like “Music in Changing Parts” and “Einstein on the Beach.”

Yesterday, to celebrate Philip Glass’s 70th birthday I listened to all of “Einstein on the Beach” at an abrasively loud volume. And, although I am sure my neighbors were probably cursing my name by the time it was over, if it wasn’t already so late I would have been willing to listen to it all again.

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