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Music by Jacob Cooper featured in Nov. 7 recital

“…richly talented.”
— The New York Times
October 22, 2013

cooper_jacob3The Yale School of Music presents a Doctor of Musical Arts recital featuring music by Jacob Cooper on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 8 pm. Lauded by The New Yorker as “a maverick electronic song composer,” Mr. Cooper’s bold compositions and multimedia works have garnered attention at renowned venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s and Wild Up’s Brooklyn Festival.

The recital will begin with Arches, a 2012 composition performed by cellist Jacques Lee Wood. This will be followed by his 2011 piece Clifton Gates, performed by pianist Timothy Andres. Cooper composed both pieces specifically for these performers, who are both YSM alumni.

Next will follow Serenade, performed by the ensemble Dogs of Desire. The 2013 chamber composition, with text by Zach Savich, was written and commissioned for the group. The performance that will be presented was recorded live at E.M.P.A.C. in Troy, New York, on May 31, 2013. The Dogs of Desire are directed by David Allan Miller.

The second half of the concert will feature Cooper’s 2011–2013 composition Silver Threads, a three-part piece composed for Mellissa Hughes, the vocalist who will perform it. The piece includes supertitle projections created by Laura Grey.

The recital is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit music.yale.edu.

About Jacob Cooper

Cooper_Jacob2Jacob Cooper’s bold compositions and multimedia works have garnered recognition throughout North America and Europe, appearing at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s and Wild Up’s Brooklyn Festival, the MATA Festival (New York), the Wordless Music concert series at the Miller Theater (New York), Bargemusic (Brooklyn), Present Music’s “Around 30” celebration (Milwaukee), the Choregie Festival (Maribor, Slovenia), and the Dogs of Desire’s American Music Festival (Albany, NY). Recent performers of Jacob’s music include the JACK Quartet, the Calder Quartet, Ensemble ACJW, the NOW Ensemble, the Minnesota Orchestra, cellist Ashley Bathgate, and pianist Vicky Chow. Upcoming projects include commissions for eighth blackbird and the Albany Symphony.

Lauded as “richly talented” (The New York Times) and “a maverick electronic song composer” (New Yorker), Jacob has earned a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Morton Gould award from ASCAP, a Music Alive grant from New Music USA, and was the winner of the 2011 Carlsbad Music Festival competition. He has attended the Bang on a Can Summer Institute and the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, and he has held residences at 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).

Timberbrit, Jacob’s “gutsy opera” (Time Out NY) about a fictional reunion between Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and in The Believer’s annual music issue. The opera ran at the Incubator Arts Project in New York 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 expectations and experience of opera” (Capital NY), was shortlisted for the 2010 YouTube / Guggenheim Biennial of Creative Video.

Also dedicated to teaching and scholarship, Jacob has served on the faculty at Amherst College as the Joseph E. and Grace W. Valentine Lecturer of Music. He authors program notes for subscription series concerts at Carnegie Hall and is completing his doctorate in composition at the Yale School of Music.


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