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 #91: "Sing/Lose"

Jacob David Sudol: “Sing/Lose” (2007)
For chamber ensemble (15 players)
Performed by the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne conducted by Lorraine Vaillancourt
Not available commercially

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First off I have to apologize for my long lack of posts. With this post I plan to return to my previous regular rate of postings.

This is the recording of the piece I wrote over the summer that was magnificently premiered by the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne at the 2007 Domaine Forget New Music Sessions in northern Québec earlier this summer. The rehearsal process was pretty painless and with each subsequent reading I became more and more pleasantly surprised. I’ve included the program note below.

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The title "Sing/Lose" refers to the two primary preoccupations in my music, and in this piece – as in all my music – I approach these preoccupations abstractly. For example, "Sing" does not refer literally to singing but to a lyricism in the phrases and timbres, as well as to an almost breath-like musical flow. Likewise, "Lose" does not refer to any specific loss but to Andrei Tarkovsky's assertion that "the life force of music is materialized on the brink of its own total disappearance." In this piece "Lose" refers to the eventual disintegration, decay, even death of the work's organic material and form.

“Sing/Lose” was written for the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne and the New Music Sessions at the 2007 Domaine Forget international music festival in northeastern Québec. I composed the piece during the summer of 2007, at the end of a three-year stay in Montréal. The piece is dedicated to all those who have been close to me during my sojourn in Montréal.

-Jacob David Sudol
July 24, 2007
Montréal, Québec

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