Jacob David Sudol (b. Des Moines, Iowa, 1980) writes intimate compositions that explore enigmatic phenomena and the inner nature of how we perceive sound. He currently is an Assistant Professor, the Coordinator of Music Technology area, and on the composition faculty at Florida International University. He received his in Ph.D. in composition at the University of California at San Diego where his mentor was the Grawemeyer Prize-winning composer Chinary Ung.
Over the last five years some of Jacob Sudol’s mentors have also included John Rea, Alvin Lucier, Roger Reynolds, Rand Steiger, Denys Bouliane, Philippe Leroux, and David Dunn. He has also participated in master classes with Beat Furrer, Helmut Lachenmann, Fred Lerdahl, and Bent Sørensen.
Jacob Sudol has been commissioned and/or performed by many prestigious ensembles and performers such as the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Chai Found New Music Workshop, cellist Jason Calloway, the Contemporary Keyboard Society, the Little Giant Chinese Orchestra, pianist Xenia Pestova, flutist Solomiya Moroz, percussionist Nathan Davis, flutist Carla Rees, the rarescale duo, Taiwanese pianist and composer Chen-Hui Jen, pianist Keith Kirchoff, clarinetist Krista Martynes, guzheng-performer Yi-Chieh Lai, Brazilian percussionist Fernando Rocha, and the McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble in collaboration with the McGill Digital Composition Studio. These works have received numerous domestic and international performances. Jacob Sudol also frequently performs his own works for instruments and electronics in diverse settings such as the Taiwan National Recital Hall, the New Music Miami Festival, Florida International University, Bangor University, the Cluster Festival, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the International Computer Music Conference, the Taiwan National Chiao Tung University, the University of California at San Diego, the wulf in Los Angeles, the MATA Festival, and the Issue Project Room in New York City. As a record producer he has produced CDs that have been released on Bridge and Mode records.
During his free time Jacob Sudol takes an interest in religious phenomenology, literature, acoustics, psychoacoustics, visual art, cinema, and world musics. As a composer he always attempts to bring insights from these other fields into his work.