JACOB COOPER

Lecture/discussion:
Friday, April 15, 2016
11am in Ramo Recital Hall

Jacob Cooper's compositions and multimedia works have garnered recognition throughout North America and Europe, appearing at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Disney Hall, the MATA Festival (New York), the Wordless Music concert series at the Miller Theater (New York), Bargemusic (Brooklyn), the Choregie Festival (Maribor, Slovenia), and the Albany Symphony's American Music Festival. Recent and upcoming performers of Jacob's music include eighth blackbird, the JACK Quartet, the Calder Quartet,Ensemble ACJW, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Albany Symphony, the Carmina Slovenica choir, the NOW EnsembleThe Living Earth Show, cellist Jacques Lee Wood, and pianists Vicky Chow and Kathleen Supové.

Lauded as "richly talented" (The New York Times) and "a maverick electronic song composer" (The New Yorker), Jacob has earned awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, ASCAP, and the American Music Center, and was the winner of the 2011 Carlsbad Music Festival competition. Jacob's song cycle Silver Threads, written for soprano Mellissa Hughes and electronic track, was released by Nonesuch Records in April 2014 to critical acclaim.

Timberbrit, Jacob’s "gutsy opera" (Time Out NY) about a fictional reunion between Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, has beenfeatured on NPR’s All Things Considered and in The Believer's annual music issue. The opera ran at the Incubator Arts Project and was presented in London by Carmen Elektra / Opera Underground.

Jacob works in visual media as well, and his video Alla stagion dei fior was highlighted as a "rumbling, jittering threnody" (The New York Times), while Commencer une autre mort, which "skillfully toys with the audience's expectation and experience of opera" (Capital New York), was shortlisted for the 2010 YouTube / Guggenheim Biennial of Creative Video.

He has attended the Bang on a Can Summer Institute and the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, and he has held residences at the Ucross Foundation, the Banff Centre, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Jacob is also the least well-dressed of the six composers in the collective Sleeping Giant, whose members are "rapidly gaining notice for their daring innovations, stylistic range and acute attention to instrumental nuance" (WQXR).  Jacob is an Assistant Professor of Music at West Chester University and has previously served on the faculty at Amherst College. He holds a doctorate in composition from the Yale School of Music.

LA engagements: 
Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 8pm
New work to be premiered at LA Philharmonic's Green Umbrella

featuring Theo Bleckmann, vocalist; John Adams, conductor

More about Jacob Cooper:
composer website
interview in The Kenyon Review
interview with Daniel Vezza, "Composer Conversations"