“Saariselka” new musical project debut 6/27

Inspired by the fjells of magical Lapland, we offer you a new sonic experience of slow beats undulating on glistening long tones.  Featuring pedal steel guitar, electric piano, synthesizers, drum machine and voice, this is the first project where I am singing and playing keyboards.  Its been several months in the making, and I am super excited to share this new music with you!

Life Changing Ministry
8th and Peralta, Oakland
$5-10 suggested donation

SAARISELKA (Marielle V. Jakobsons and Chuck Johnson) 
THE ESSENTIALISTS (John krausbauer and David Kendall)


Facebook event:


Life Changing Ministries Solo Performance 4/17/2015





I’m really excited to say my third solo album is well underway, and new material from it I’ll be premiering at LCM in Oakland. Even more exciting, the rest of the lineup are super talented buddies VoicehandlerZachary James Watkins (of Black Spirituals) as well as Roberto Diego Pulgar from Colorado. Hope to see some of you there, and share these new tunes with the rest of you very soon!!!

Macro Cymatic Studies Debut Performance Video


Very excited to share with you an edit of the debut performance of Macro Cymatic Studies!! To me this work represents a deep appreciation for unfolding process and beauty within and around us all the time, with the aspiration to highlight this essence and share it in an interconnected experience. I’m super excited to continue exploring these creations, as its just the beginning. For best quality, please view on a desktop computer and select the highest playback quality in settings. Thanks for watching!

Macro-Cymatic Studies: Dresher Residency & Premiere Performance @ Somarts 8/22/14

IMG_3733         Its hard to describe the feeling that I get from making this new work.   Its like I’ve been making it my whole life, but only now am realizing the true shape or form. This past month I’ve been building, whittling, and testing at the Paul Dresher Artist Residency (  Its been a deep dive into how to craft instruments specifically for their ability to create macro-cymatic visuals – or water waves driven by sound at a macroscopic perspective.    I am so grateful for the opportunity to utilize the resources at a space also so close to home.  To have a full woodworking shop as well as a production environment to work on video/sound has allowed me to hone in on these explorations and unveil many new layers to what I imagine possible. I’ve built several instruments and tonight, is the premiere performance with my favorite one.  This instrument is carved from a piece of cedar, and has a single string mounted on it.  Above you see a still from my rehearsal last night. Other great performers investigating sound, water, and light will be joining me on the bill!  Joshua Churchill & Matt Baldwin, and Moses Hacmon.  Many thanks to Paul Dresher Ensemble, and to Soundwave who commissioned this performance! Details for the premiere are below.  More Macro Cymatics to follow, I’m sure, as I anticipate this to become a new body of work.

Location: SOMArts, 934 Brannan St, San Francisco
7:30pm doors, 8:00pm performance
$15 general admission
$10 students/seniors
and underemployed

Aquaphonic at SOMarts

Multi-sensory performances of water-sonic phenomena by Marielle V. Jakobsons, Joshua Churchill, and Matt Baldwin with Moses Hacmon

Water and sound generate incredible phenomena. Artists reveal the mystifying aquatic properties through visible sound and vibration. Artist and composer Marielle V. Jakobsons presents ‘Macro Cymatic Studies,’ which encourages immersion in water reflections connected to droning soundscapes with water wave projections, slow melodic violin, and psychoacoustic synthesizers which plays with our sense of scale and explores unifying matter through sound. Joshua Churchill investigates moving subsonic properties water through the feeling of sound, vibrating our bodies and exposing the unique and ubiquitous nature of this natural element. Psychedelic guitarist Matt Baldwin collaborates with artist Moses Hacmon to reveal the mind-altering beauty of sound moving through air in an all-sensory experience of live music and vibration to literally move water.

Gravity Spells Series & Performance 7/12










John Davis’ series invites collaboration between Cinematic & New Music artists, as performance series and a limited edition book which I’m part of, as well as a limited edition double LP and DVD with selected participants.  I’m very excited to be presenting a live score in surround sound to Mark Wilson’s animated film “Ghost Dance.”  Also performing that evening: the home-brewed psychedelia of Andy Puls, Keith Evans (of 23five collective), and the organizer himself John Davis in collaboration with animator Lawrence Jordan.

Tickets are sliding scale and start at 7pm at Kala Arts in Berkeley.

Other evenings lineups include many great friends and artists!!

July 5, 7-9pm:
Jeremy Rourke
Mary Helena Clark with Andy Roche
Jim Haynes
Kerry Laitala with Ashley Bellouin & Ben Bracken

July 19, 7-9pm
Zach Iannazzi
Thad Povey & Mark Taylor
Steve Dye with Anthony Iamurri
Paul Clipson wth Tashi Wada

July 26, 7-9pm
Chris Duncan
Tooth with Collin McKelvey
Craig Baldwin with Maggi Payne


For more info see
Kala Arts Website:
Facebook Event:
Book & Edition:


MVJ / Marisa Anderson / Meg Baird / Danny Grody


Date Palms at Woodsist Festival 2013 9/28

We’re kicking off  the Woodsist Festival in Pioneertown, CA tomorrow.  Pioneertown is near Joshua Tree, in Socal.  Excited to return to the desert.  Come early, our set starts at 2pm, fest is at Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace.

Also performing:

Real Estate
Fresh and Onlys
White Fence
The Babies
Jessica Pratt
Alex Bleeker and the Freaks

Date Palms Dusted Sessions US/Euro Tour September 2013













Super excited to hit the wide road with my pals in Date Palms!  Kickoff show is tomorrow in San Francisco at the Cafe du Nord with Hiss Golden Messenger.  So much to look forward to, including shows with Mountains, Plankton Wat, Ignatz, Man Forever and J Spaceman (of Spaceman 3) in London!  Hope to see some familiar faces on the road!!








Visiting this World w/Paul Clipson 6/29/13

Paul Clipson (Super 8 films) & Marielle Jakobsons (music)

A number of short films on Super 8mm by Paul Clipson with soundtracks by a multitude of musician friends and sound artists including Young Moon (Trevor Montgomery), Che Chen, Painted Caves (Evan Caminiti), Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Alex Cobb and Barn Owl.

This will be followed by a live sound/film performance with me, featuring brand new work by both of us, including Paul’s new footage from his Headlands residency. I am excited to present some new sounds I recorded at the old Moog at Mills College CCM… this is the beginning of my next album’s material!!

Shorts to be shown:
ABSTEIGEND (2012) with music by Painted Caves
THE CRYSTAL TEXT (2012) with music by Young Moon
ORIGIN (2012) with music by Che Chen
LANDSCAPE DISSOLVES (2012) with music by Alex Cobb
SPEAKING CORPSE (2012) with music by Jefre Cantu-Ledesma
VOID REDUX (2013) with music by Barn Owl
DIFFICULT LOVES (2013) with music by Jefre Cantu-Ledesma
























Saturday, June 29th 8pm $6-10

Artists’ Television Access
992 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 824-3890

ATA Event:

Paul Clipson:

Date Palms::::::The Dusted Sessions

Date Palms third album, and our first release with Thrill Jockey Records, is now available! If you’d like a copy, we have plenty and I’d be happy to hook you up with a CD or dusted pink vinyl!  If you’d like to download, check out iTunes, Emusic, Thrill Jockey site, etc.

Our record release show is at the Night Light, Oakland, June 14th 9pm with Jackie O Motherfucker, Soft Shells, and Lady Freemountain.

Also, supporting our local record shop at Stranded, Oakland, Sunday June 16th at 6pm with an intimate in-store performance!

Hope to see you soon, and you enjoy the record as much as I do!  The desert’s expanse awaits you.


Date Palms & MVJ Pacific Northwest May 2013

So excited to be returning to the Northwest again so soon, thanks to the Debacle Festival / Debacle Records.  Very stoked to be hearing what Nate Young and Golden Retriever are up to these days, as I haven’t heard either of them perform in a couple years and they always represent!

For Debacle, the organizer recommends the festival pass as it is much cheaper than individual tickets!

Sat., May 4th – Debacle Festival, Seattle w/Golden Retriever, Nate Young, and a solo set by me as well among others!

Sunday, May 5th – Little Axe Records, Portland w/Golden Retriever, Mind over Mirrors

Magma Festival | Seattle Saturday 3/23/13



Northwest friends, its been waaaaay too long!  So excited the kind folks at artist-run Hollow Earth Radio have invited me up to play at their MAGMA festival this weekend!!  Hope to catch up with you there.  I’m going to be performing a set of some new material and a bit from the Glass Canyon LP.

The festival is going on for a few weeks and some other good friends including Chuck Johnson & Danny Paul Grody are joining in on other nights, so do check out the full lineup HERE

Also, a nice nod from the Seattle Stranger’s blurb about the show
“a strong bill headed by Oakland violinst Marielle V. Jakobsons (of the sublime raga-drone savants Date Palms) and Rafael Anton Irisarri (aka techno minimalist the Sight Below and a deft creator of impressionist ambient music under his own name). Jakobsons’s Glass Canyon album on Students of Decay was one of 2012′s most enveloping and engrossing drone-based works.”



Saturday 3/23/13 7pm doors
2018 East Union St., Seattle, Washington 98122

Intimate space, good sound, amazing artists, and in support of Hollow Earth Radio (an amazing community/DIY radio station)


Rafael Anton Irisarri (Seattle . of The Sight Below & Orcas . Touch / Room40 / Ghostly International)

Marielle Jakobsons (Oakland . of Myrmyr . Important Records / Students of Decay)

Logic Probe (Seattle . Pleasure Boat Records)

XUA (Portland . of Swahili . Translinguistic Other / Pop in Purgatory)

Chrisman/Svenson Duo (Seattle . of Widesky & Karnak Temples/Dull Knife)


(Hollow Earth Radio)


Leo Mayberry

Ellen Dicola

…and more TBA

$10-20 Sliding Suggested Donation

What is Magma Festival?
Magma Festival is a month-long, all-ages festival that celebrates independent music, sound art, and community radio at multiple venues around the city. It happens annually during the month of March. It is presented by Hollow Earth Radio.

Who/what is Hollow Earth Radio?
Hollow Earth Radio is the Pacific Northwest’s freeform online radio station that presents a forum for underrepresented music, sounds and perspectives. We support the local music community in Seattle, King County, Washington state, and the larger Pacific Northwest by focusing on found sound, field recordings, forgotten music, local musicians, bedroom recordings, low-fi demos, dreams, storytelling, and things that feel real.

Find out more at:

Cast Shadows Saturday 2/9/2013













My first performance of 2013 is a collaboration with filmmaker John Davis.   This is the first time we are working together, and I’m very excited because I have much respect for John’s work in the auditory as well as visual realms.   He will be using multiple projectors to show his Super-8 and 16mm films which will have some synchronicity with the music via an analyser.  This show is a benefit for ATA, an artist-run non-profit space that has long supported the scene as an innovative local venue that has been a long-standing propagator of experimental arts in the area… Please help support them!  Below are the details, hope to see you there!

“Support ATA at this special benefit show featuring a roster of evocative intermedia artists working in sound/film performance. All proceeds from the show support Artists’ Television Access, the San Francisco-based, artist-run, non-profit organization that cultivates and promotes culturally-aware, underground media and experimental art.”

Artist’s Television Access
992 Valencia Street, SF
Saturday, February 9, 2013
8:00 pm
$15 Gen | $25 Supporter | $50 Sponsor

Featuring three film-music ensembles:
Barn Owl and Paul Clipson
Marielle Jakobsons and John Davis
John Davis, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma and Paul Clipson

San Francisco-based drone duo Barn Owl (guitarists Jon Porras and Evan Caminiti) follow in the footsteps of provocative avant-gardists Alice Coltrane and Keiji Haino, while building on the doom metal foundation planted by Black Sabbath. (more)

San Francisco-based multi-instrumentalist (Tarentel, the Alps) and founder of Root Strata label, Jefre’s guitar beams directly down from Souvlaki Space Station and arrives gorgeously mangled via modular synthesizer.  Romantically haloed chorus guitar floats widescreen across relentless static drum machines until the sky splits open in the final movement, spilling burning guitar fragments over everything.  (more)

Paul Clipson works primarily in film, video and on paper, often collaborating on films, live performances and installations with sound artists and musicians, projecting largely improvised in-camera edited experimental films employing multiple exposures, dissolves and macro imagery that bring to light subconscious preoccupations and unexpected visual forms.  (more)

John Davis is an Oakland-based artist working with moving images and sound, expanding their relationships through experimentation, chance, collaboration and improvisation. Current performance work investigates various sound and image delivery systems, their material bi-products, and the range of sensory possibilities that exists between them. (more)

Revelation Zen 8/25

photo by Shundo David Hayne


As part of the Soundwave Festival, I am very excited to be performing a special set utilizing the large meditation you see in Buddha Hall in the photo above.  Before I perform there will be guided meditation.  Following me is En (Maxwell Croy from Root Strata & James Devane) and Sean McCann, so it should be a sublime evening!  Curated by Danny Paul Grody.

Schedule below, more info here
Due to limited seating, advance tickets are recommended and can be found here

5:30 Doors open

6:00 & 6:30 Meditation in Buddha Hall led by Lien Shutt

6:15 & 6:45 Tours of the SF Zen Center led by Tova Green

7:00 Marielle V. Jakobsons Buddha Hall Performance
with Seated meditation led by David Zimmerman

7:40 Sean McCann Garden Courtyard Performance
with Kinhin instruction led by Gretchen Rau

8:25 En Dining Room Performance
with Well-being chant led by Shundo David Haye

w/Evan Caminiti & KWJAZ @ Liminal Space

Super excited to be sharing the celebrations of Evan’s new release & to hear KWJAZ live for the first time.

p.s. i’ll have CD’s of Glass Canyon available at the show!!  LP’s will be coming later in June, be in touch if you’d like me to save you a copy.

Echo is memory, slowly fading. Slight gradations cull the annals lining time distorted mind’s eye. To hear this ring out is to experience the folding of past onto present. With agile hands, these artists crease, bend and transform perception, sifting ephemera through ever-shifting and evolving relationships.

On this date, we embark towards engulfment in celebration of the release of Evan Caminiti’s Night Dust on Immune Recordings, as well as Marielle Jakobsons’ Glass Canyon on Students of Decay. Traversing the indefinable divide is another local hero of the obscured: KWJAZ.

Evan Caminiti


Marielle Jakobsons

LIMINAL SPACE | 950 54th St. Oakland 94608
Saturday May 26th | 8:30 doors, 9pm start
Contribution: $7 – $10

Date Palms @ Berkeley Art Museum 2/5

Sorry I didn’t post pre-show here as I usually try to do…

But here is a little bit of bonus audio & video from the show if you missed it!

Listen to MP3 of the Intro to the set, the first part of our new track “Night Riding the Skyline” which is due out on a split LP on Immune Recordings on Record Store Day (April 21, 2012)

Performance w/film artist Paul Clipson 2/3

Performing a special solo set with the inspiring experimental film artist Paul Clipson live! Hosting is a brand spanking new gallery with two very interesting exhibitions on view, “Illegitimate Business” which is all objects that have all been obtained without any monetary transaction, and often illicitly, as well as a new book DAREN WILSON: AFTER MORANDI, on view courtesy of Glass House.

Paul Clipson & Marielle Jakobsons
Friday, February 3, 2012, 9PM
Will Brown Gallery
3041 24th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

See Paul’s captivating work HERE

Koen Holtkamp, Mike Wexler, Meridians, Date Palms Tues 12/13 @ LCM


Date Palms as a five-piece w/Michael Elrod on tanpura, Ben Bracken on bass, and Noah Phillips on guitar.

Also really looking forward to the other sets, two solo artists whose work I totally respect, along with locals the Meridians.

1629 8th st. (right by West Oakland Bart)


Date Palms UK/EU Tour

Date Palms Live @ SF Zen Center Video


Date Palms from auraloptic on Vimeo.

Date Palms in Brooklyn

Date Palms first East Coast shows will be in Brooklyn Festivals both happening at Public Assembly!

10.16.11 Neon Marshmallow Festival
10.18.11 Mexican Summer Showcase/ CMJ

Neon Marshmallow Festival has put together a truly amazing lineup with Rhys Chatham, Alan Licht, Forma, and Mandelbrot & Skyy
all performing the same day as Date Palms, and Tim Hecker, Grouper, Phill Niblock, Kevin Drumm, Rene Hell also to be heard there!!!

Mexican Summer showcase @ CMJ features Light Asylum, Radio Peopl, Quilt


Date Palms w/Washed Out 10/11

in one of the most beautiful places I’ve been…. Big Sur!!

Darwinsbitch/Mountains @ Liminal Space Sat Sept 24th & Date Palms/Mountains @ Hemlock Wed Sept 28th


Dive deep into new dimensions with Mountains (Brooklyn), Simon Scott (UK), Darwinsbitch, and Perpeteia, at the brand spanking new audiovisual mindbender Liminal Space (Oakland) this weekend!!

Also, next Wednesday Sept 28th at the Hemlock Tavern in SF, Mountains will be joined by Date Palms, and Higuma (of Barn Owl).

San Francisco Electronic Music Festival 2011

Saturday Sept 10, 8PM
Yoshi Wada and Tashi Wada, 0th,  Area C, Max Mathews Tribute (with me & Diane Douglas)
Brava! Theater Center (2781 24th Street, SF)


























I’m performing on violin a tribute to Max Mathews with Diane Douglas on computer, Theme and Variations on Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 4 for Violin and Phaser Filters (2011).  Max and I played together in a string quartet, and this was one of the many pieces they rehearsed together.  Max and I also worked together over the last several years as he developed his Phaser Filters program, which is a live performance software based on tuned resonances capable of incredible transformation and beauty.  This piece is a tribute to these two aspects of our work together.

Max Mathews’ Phaser Filters create tuned resonances within any sound played through them, the same way that a particular room will amplify certain frequencies based on its shape. Max would play these filters melodically to simulate a constantly shifting resonant space, transforming the original sound into something entirely new.  He was especially fascinated by the subtlety of harmonic and emotional tones forged, for example, by changing his filter’s tuning to quarter tone, or complex chords like Risset’s Major-minor hybrid.

Diane Douglas also worked closely with Max, as he guided her to create her own version of his Phaser Filter Program in the Max/MSP environment.  Input audio from a live instrument or from looped samples is passed through 5 banks of 4 of these filters which form 5 ‘chords’. This provides a new harmonic backbone for any sound they interact with.  There is also a degree of randomness which can make them sound alive – as Diane can control the diatonic mode or the tempo for example, but other improvised aspects will make sure that they never sound the same twice.

Together, Diane and I will perform a piece based on some of Max’s favorite sounds- the violin and Beethoven-  transformed by the sound world of Phaser Filters.

The festival lineup is killer this year, check it out:

Thursday, September 8th 8PM @ SFMOMA
Live and fixed sound and video works by Les Stuck & Sonsheree Giles, Sarah Howe, Tim Perkis/Tom Djll, Alba G. Corral/Kadet Kuhne, plus Milton Babbitt’s “Philomel” performed by Dina Emerson

Friday, September 9th 9PM @ Brava Theater Center
Christian Marclay featuring Shelley Hirsch, Jessica Rylan, Zachary James Watkins

Saturday, September 10th 8PM @ Brava Theater Center
Yoshi Wada + Tashi Wada, 0th, Area C, Max Mathews tribute

Sunday, September 11th 8PM @ Brava Theater Center
Kevin Drumm, JD Emmanuel, Gregg Kowalsky

Tickets & Passes: $16 General; $12 Student/Senior.
Full festival pass: $45
Purchases online at Brown Paper Tickets
or at the door (cash only)

Brava! Theater Center, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco
Phyllis Wattis Theater at SFMOMA, 151 3rd St, San Francisco