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.
With an inextinguishable passion for chamber music, Swanson performs regularly as member of the Decho Ensemble, which he co founded 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. In August 2016 Swanson participated in a residency as member of the Decho Ensemble as guest of the NyMusikks Komponistgruppe in Oslo, Norway. Swanson also performs as member of the Megalopolis Saxophone Orchestra and the Resonance Saxophone Orchestra.
Swanson's debut album, Invisible Cities, featured works for soprano saxophone and piano (James Welch) and was met with critical acclaim for "remind[ing] us what a beautiful instrument the soprano saxophone is ... [performing with] handsome tone, flawless technique, and great musical sensibilities."-ClevelandClassical His second album, wired., featured music for soprano saxophone and electronic medium - nearly all composer/performer collaborations. Swanson has additionally recorded with Andrew Cote as part of his debut album, Ulterior Motives.
Swanson holds a Bachelor of Music degree, a Master of Music degree, and a Performer 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 Buescher saxophones ca.1930's and is a Vandoren Regional Artist.
When not with students or saxophones, Swanson can be found hanging out with his chihuahua pal, Daphne, or at Mudslingers Pottery Studio and Gallery in Fredonia, New York, where he is active in ceramic arts.
Invisible Cities - Jacob Swanson, soprano saxophone & James Welch, piano