Originally from Utica, NY, Jacob Sachs-Mishalanie is a Brooklyn based composer, songwriter, sound designer, and teacher. In recent music and research, his central focus is on the expressive and sonic relationships between acoustic and electronic sounds in ways that confront our ordinary assumptions about acoustic naturalness and the transparency of amplification and recording. By presenting these sounds so they are difficult to distinguish, his pieces create an uncanny experience of parsing interwoven layers of different sound types. A few recent projects include music and sound design for the play Black Garden, premiered at the Théâtre de l’Opprimé in Paris, and two electroacoustic string quartets premiered by the Mivos Quartet. His music has been performed at the International Computer Music Conference in Utrecht, the VIPA festival in Valencia, the NWEAMO festival in Tokyo, the Montreal Contemporary Music Lab, the Stone in NYC, and the International Saxophone Symposium in Virginia. Jacob is a PhD candidate in music composition at the CUNY Graduate Center. As a Mellon Humanities Alliance Teaching Fellow, he teaches Critical Thinking at LaGuardia CC, where his classes focus on analyzing media & technology. He also teaches electroacoustic music and other classes at Brooklyn College.
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