- saxophonist & educator -
Praised by audiences and composers for his "gorgeous, lyrical tone, spectacular technique, and heartfelt musicality ..." and presenting "the soprano saxophone at the height of its beauty," Jacob Swanson has performed throughout North America and Europe on concert series, television, and radio.
His playing has inspired several composers to write for him as a soloist and his collaborating ensembles including Rob Deemer, Andrew Martin Smith, Charles Terranova, Peter Edwards, Kate Parker, Michael McGough, Tim Bausch, Scott Miller, Nathan Hall, David Marc Alterman, Frank Zabel and Dan Knorr. In August 2016 Swanson participated in a residency as member of the Decho Ensemble as guest of the NyMusikks Komponistgruppe in Oslo, Norway.
With an inextinguishable passion for chamber music, Swanson performs regularly as member of the Decho Ensemble, which he cofounded in 2011 with long-time collaborator Sarah Marchitelli. Their repertoire includes established works for saxophone, transcriptions, and new works written expressly for their ensemble. In addition to their all-saxophone programming, the Decho Ensemble has collaborated with vocalists, instrumentalists, dancers, poets, composers, and orchestras presenting highly varied programs.
After several years of preparation and research, Swanson assisted Carina Raschèr with the Ries&Erler publication of Erwin Dressel's Duo Konzert für Sopran- und Altsaxophon und Kleines Orchester (1965). In 2014, he and Marchitelli presented the world premiere of this monumental work with the Trinity Chamber Orchestra directed by Todd Wilson, in Cleveland, Ohio.
As an educator, Swanson actively shares his passion for music with others. He teaches instrumental music for the Gowanda Central School District in Gowanda, NY and maintains a studio at Infinity Visual and Performing Arts in Jamestown, NY where he co-founded and directs the Infinity Saxophone Ensemble (a youth saxophone orchestra) with fellow saxophonist, Sarah Marchitelli. Swanson teaches for the New Horizons Band of Western New York at S.U.N.Y. Fredonia and is adjunct faculty teaching studio saxophone lessons at Jamestown Community College. In 2016 Swanson was invited to guest conduct the Cattaraugus County All-County High School Band.
Swanson holds a Bachelor's of Music degree, a Master's of Music degree, and a Performer's Certificate from the State University of New York at Fredonia where he studied with saxophonist Dr. Wildy Zumwalt. He has additionally studied with Carina Raschèr.
Swanson performs on American-made Buescher saxophones ca. 1930's and is a Vandoren Regional Artist.
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