Bands & Projects
marielle v jakobsons In my solo music, I create electro-acoustic compositions of pulsing drones with synthesizers, violin, voice and other sound sources. I have toured the US, Argentina & Germany, and releases with Digitalis, Aphonia Recordings and Students of Decay. My first full-length “Ore” was released by Digitalis in 2009, my second full-length “Glass Canyon” is composed of violin and analog synthesizers and was released by Students of Decay in 2012. My original moniker “darwinsbitch” debuted with the cassette Steel Hum (Digitalis, 2008). I am currently working on my third full-length album, so you can expect some new sounds soon! All previous recordings + more live bonus material available on the MVJ Bandcamp.
Together with multi-instrumentalist Agnes Szelag we form the electroacoustic duo myrmyr (myrmyr.net), and have performed around the Bay Area, the Northwest and East coasts. “The Amber Sea” album was released by Digitalis (2009), and our second album ‘Fire Star’ by Under the Spire Recordings (2011). We compose often for ensembles, recently performing with the SFSound Group, Unweathered Embers Ensemble, Helena Espvall, Derek Johnson, & Noah Phillips.
Founded together with Gregg Kowalsky Date Palms (datepalmsofpsalms.com) is violin, flute, Fender-Rhodes, and synthesizers with Ben Bracken on bass, Noah Phillips on guitar, and Michael Elrod on tanpura. The music is influenced by hot summer nights, classical Indian carnatic music, dub, Miles Davis. In Summer 2013, The Dusted Sessions was released by Thrill Jockey. Our debut LP Of Psalms was released on Root Strata. Our second LP Honey Devash was released by Mexican Summer August 2011.
Coming Soon: Saariselka duo w/Chuck Johnson
Other bands I have in the past or currently contribute to
Portraits [with members of Tarantel, Barn Owl, and more]
Oakland Active Orchestra
Alee Karim & the Science Fiction
Octomutt’s Country Cousins [ole timey country cover band]
Altar Eagle [of Digitalis Industries]
Theatre of Yugen
Full Moon Ceremony
the Illuminated Corridor, Moe!kestra, and many other improvisations and collaborations….. see my links page for some of these friends!
Date Palms ‘The Dusted Sessions’ LP/CD/digital on Thrill Jockey
Marielle V Jakobsons ‘Glass Canyon’ LP/CD/digital on Students of Decay
Espvall/Jakobsons/Szelag CD ‘Improvisations for Strings & Electronics’ on ArachniDiscs
Portraits s/t LP on Important Records
Portraits is: Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Jon Porras, Evan Caminiti, Gregg Kowalsky, Tony Cross, Lisa McGee, Steve Dye, Michael Elrod, Maxwell Croy, and Marielle Jakobsons
Date Palms ‘Honey Devash’ LP on Mexican Summer
Myrmyr ‘Fire Star’ LP/CD on Under the Spire Recordings
Myrmyr ‘Improvisation at the Meridian Gallery’ in Leonardo Music Journal December 2010, Vol. 20. LM20 CD Companion: Sounds Like Now: Improvisation + Technology
darwinsbitch ‘ore’ CD on Digitalis [sold out]
darwinsbitch ‘steel hum’ cassette on Digitalis Ltd
‘Sounding Out’ California Composers Award Compilation NEXMAP
Other Selected Recordings I perform on:
Violin on Chuck Johnson’s Blood Moon Boulder on Scissor Tail
Flute on Terrane’s Basalt Palisades on Sonic Meditations
Violin on Barn Owl’s Ancestral Star on Thrill Jockey
Violin and Voice on Evon’s The Bees Are Coming on Aphonia Recordings
Violin on Gregg Kowalsky’s Tape Chants Kranky & Tendrils In Vigne Root Strata & Through the Cardial Window Kranky