Edward Jacobs

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Edward Jacobs


Edward Jacobs (b. 1961, Boston, Mass.) is an American saxophonist, composer and music educator.

Jacobs began playing violin at age eight, but abandoned that at age 11 -- upon hearing a friend’s jazz quartet -- in favor of the saxophone. Work at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (B.A., 1984) in jazz performance and arranging (Jeff Holmes) and composition (Salvatore 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 Mario Davidovsky, Chou Wen-Chung, Marty Boykan, George Edwards) where he completed the D.M.A. in 1993.

Dr. Jacobs’ work as a composer of both instrumental/vocal and electronic has been recognized by a Guggenheim Fellowship, and Charles Ives Fellowship of the American Academy of Arts & Letters. The Academy’s citation reads “Edward Jacobs’s music masters the ‘virtual’ and ‘real’ sound habitats and embeds them into a unified and consistent single space with grace, broad orchestral imagination and expressivity. Jacobs’s music is immediately engaging, attractive and intellectually demanding.”

Jacobs is Robert L. Jones Distinguished Professor of Music at East Carolina University, where his activities have also included the founding and direction of the North Carolina NewMusic Initiative begun in March, 2001.

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