Marielle V. Jakobsons is a composer and intermedia artist based in Oakland, CA. Her compositions evoke minimalism with melodic drone and enveloping polyrhythmic soundscapes of synthesizers, strings, and voice. She builds installations and instruments, such as her macro-cymatic visual music instruments, which bring focus to visceral experiences of sound and light.
Jakobsons collaborates extensively in the experimental arts as a sound designer and composer for film, dance, and interactive media, and produces her own videos and photographs, which have been exhibited nationally. As a solo multi-instrumentalist, and with her bands Date Palms and Myrmyr and other collaborations, she’s published recordings and toured internationally on Thrill Jockey, Mexican Summer, Students of Decay, Digitalis, and Important Records, among others.
Jakobsons received an MFA in Electronic Music from Mills College, and a BA from Case Western and the Cleveland Institute of Music. She has been awarded the Djerassi Artist Residency, Dresher Ensemble Artist Residency, Brush Creek Arts Residency, American Composer’s Forum Grant, NEXMAP Sounding Out California Composer’s Award, and the Elizabeth Mills Crawford Award in Composition. Her installations, photographs, and videos have been exhibited or screened at the Staunton International Film Festival (VA), The LAB (CA), Warehouse 1-10 (NM), Indiana University East’s Art + Science Juried Exhibition (IN), Allegany Arts Council Juried Photography Exhibition (MD), Brand 44 Works on Paper Annual National Juried Exhibition (CA), and Madelife (CO). Jakobsons has been a visiting professor at Mills College and San Francisco State University, and visiting artist at Eastern Washington University.
Artist's website: mariellejakobsons.com