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 currently resides in La Jolla, CA where he is Ph.D. candidate in composition at the University of California at San Diego with Chinary Ung.
Over the last five years some of Jacob Sudol's mentors have included John Rea, Alvin Lucier, Roger Reynolds, Denys Bouliane, Philippe Leroux, and David Dunn. He has also participated in master classes with Helmut Lachenmann, Fred Lerdahl, and Bent Sørensen.
Jacob Sudol has written music for domestic and international performances by many prestigious ensembles and performers including the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, the Contemporary Keyboard Society, Canadian pianist Xenia Pestova, Taiwanese pianist and composer Chen-Hui Jen, Brazilian percussionist Fernando Rocha, and the McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble in collaboration with the McGill Digital Composition Studio. He also frequently performs his own works for instruments and electronics in diverse settings such as the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the International Computer Music Conference, the University of California San Diego, the wulf in Los Angeles, the MATA Festival, and the Issue Project Room in New York City.
Jacob Sudol has been a studio research assistant for Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Roger Reynolds since 2007. During the 2005 and 2007 international Montréal/Nouvelles Musiques and 2006 MusiMars festivals he was an electronic assistant for performances with Court-Circuit, Martin Matalon, Matt Haimovitz, Sara Laimon, Moritz Eggert, Manfred Stahnke, the Caput Ensemble, and the McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble.
During his free time Jacob Sudol takes an interest in religious phenomenology, literature, acoustics, psychoacoustics, visual art, cinema, poetry, and world folk music. As a composer he always attempts to bring insights from these other fields into his work.