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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February Heats Up!

Although, February may be one of the coldest months in Montréal (ignoring this year’s evidence of globe warming), things are really starting to heat up in the contemporary music concert scene. Here’s the details of how I’ll be distracted from my thesis during the next two weeks: (All events start at 20h.)

February 2-5: Montréal and the Netherlands: Creative Music Summit

This is a series of four exciting concerts put on by Bradyworks which features different types of contemporary music at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and starts this Thursday (tonight!) and runs through Sunday. The first two nights feature ensembles from the Netherlands (Electra tonight and Rosa on Friday) and the second two nights feature two local ensembles (Bradyworks on Saturday and the Quasar saxophone quartet on Sunday). Tickets for each concert are $20 ($10 for students) or the $50 dollars for the full series ($25 for students)

Tuesday, February 7th: QAT - Les Quatres Tempéraments

Codes D’Accès presents a free concert at the Maison de la culture Côte-des-Neiges featuring a quartet of clarinet, violin, cello, and piano. Works include the Québecois composers Simon Bertrand, Ana Sokolovic, and Claude Vivier. Also featured with will be Iannis Xenakis’s Charisma and Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel

February 8th and 9th: MusiMix III

The ever-virtuosic Montréal ensemble Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (or the NEM for the hipply inclined) will put on repeat performances of my favorite type of contemporary music – mixed electronic and acoustic. The event takes place at Maison de la culture Maisonneuve and features woks by Pierre Jodlowski, Henry NG, Laurie Radford, and Andrew Staniland.