Edward S Jacobs

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Edward Jacobs (b. 1961) is an acclaimed composer and accomplished educator whose music the American Academy of Arts & Letters described as “immediately engaging, attractive, and intellectually demanding” upon presenting him with the Charles Ives Award in 2005. Jacobs (b. 1961, Brookline, MA) began playing violin at age eight, but was drawn to the saxophone at age eleven upon hearing a friend's jazz quartet. Work at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (B.A., 1984) in jazz performance and arranging (Jeff Holmes) and composition (Sal Macchia, Robert Stern) was followed by study in composition (Andrew Imbrie, Olly Wilson, Gerard Grisey) and conducting (Michael Senturia) at the University of California, Berkeley (M.A., 1986) and at Columbia University (composition with Chou Wen-Chung, Mario Davidovsky, Marty Boykan, George Edwards; conducting with George Rothman) where he completed his D.M.A. in 1993.

In 2001 Jacobs began to explore electronic media. He has since written works for computer-generated sound with voice (The Line Between, 2011), piano (echoes, shadows, 2008), clarinet (A Function of Memory, 2001, Beauty Shop, 2005), with cello (al momento, 2002), and for dancers (dis/Connect, 2004). His music is published by ACA, C. F. Peters Corp., and APNM.

     Jacobs began teaching at East Carolina University, in Greenville, NC in 1998, and received a Teacher-Scholar Award in 2004. He founded and directs the NC NewMusic Initiative and has worked in the Pitt County Public Schools, collaborating with middle school general music teachers in his “Composers-in-Public Schools Project”, a program that strives to make the creation of music a fundamental part of childrens’ education.

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ACA List for Edward S Jacobs

1 AL MOMENTO (2002)
vc, tape

jacobsalmomentoexcerpt.mp3

Commissioned/performed by Kelley Mikkelsen;

2 AMUSE-BOUCHE (2015)
solo flute (optionally alto, or bass)

3 APHORISMS (2007)
solo piano

aphorisms_iii_-_jed_moss.mp3

3rd movement - Jed Moss, piano

4 ATTITUDE (2000)
Strings 2-1-1-1
string orchestra

5 Aural History (2004)
Bb Clarinet, Piano

6 BEAUTY SHOP
cl, tape

jacobsbeauty_shop_performance_excerpt.mp3

Christopher Grymes, clarinet (excerpt

7 CONCENTRE (bass clarinet) (2017)
bass clarinet

8 CONCENTRE (bassoon) (2017)
bassoon

9 CROSSING OVER (1991)
2 vn, va, vc

jacobs_crossing_over_excerpt.mp3

excerpt - Flux Quartet

10 DIEGESIS (2015)
solo tuba

11 dis/connect (2005)
tape

jacobsdis_connect_excerpt.mp3

Excerpt - tape piece for dance

12 ECHOES, SHADOWS (2008)
piano, pre-recorded audio

echoes_shadows_perf_karis_excerpt.mp3

Aleck Karis, piano; excerpt

13 THE FICTION OF A GLANCE (1993)
orch: 2/pic-2-2/bcl-2, 2-2-2-1, perc(2)/timp,str

14 A FUNCTION OF MEMORY (2001)
cl, tape

jacobsa_function_of_memory_performanceexcerpt.mp3

Nathan Williams, clarinet (excerpt)

15 THE LINE BETWEEN (2011)
soprano, pre-recorded sound

Jacobs_Line Between 9-14ToppinPerf_EXCERPT.mp3

excerpt - Louise Toppin, soprano

16 ON BALANCE (2013)
two violins

17 PALLADIUM (2016)
Soprano, piano

jacobs_palladium_excerpt.mp3

excerpt - Sharon Harms, soprano; Steve Beck, piano

18 PLUS CA CHANGE (2013)
Vln solo; Picc, 2 Fl, 2 Ob, 2 Cl, Bass Clar, 2 Bsn 4 hn, 2 tpt, 2 tbn, tuba 4 perc Strings

19 RELEASE (2016)
pic, 2 fl, ob, 2 cl, bcl, 2 bn, 2 hn, 2 Ctpt, 2 tbn, btbn, tba, timp, 4 perc, pno, str

20 RELEASE (2016)
pic, 2 fl, ob, 2 cl, bcl, 2 bn, 2 hn, 2 Ctpt, 2 tbn, btbn, tba, timp, 4 perc, pno, str

21 SIX HUMORS (2013)
solo violin

22 TIME AS A FLY (2008)
2vn, va, vc, cb

timeasaflyexcerpt.mp3

Time as a Fly - String Quintet - Excerpt

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