Bands & Projects



Marielle V Jakobsons  I create enveloping polyrhythmic soundscapes and melodic drones woven with synthesizers, strings, flute, keys, bass and voice.   I’m excited to announce my third full-length album, Star Core, is available now for pre-order now at Thrill Jockey and will be available world-wide August 19th.  In concert I perform as a multi-instrumentalist and sound mixer, with live bass courtesy of Chuck Johnson, and synchronized projection created on my visual music instrument.   My last album, “Glass Canyon” is composed of violin and analog synthesizers and was released by Students of Decay in 2012.  My first full-length “Ore” was released by Digitalis in 2009 under the moniker “darwinsbitch,” along with other releases on Aphonia Recordings.  All previous recordings + more live bonus material available on the MVJ Bandcamp.


photo by Carly Hoopes

Founded together with Gregg Kowalsky Date Palms ( 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.  Listen to some tunes on Soundcloud


Myrmyr in Silver Springs, MD

Together with multi-instrumentalist Agnes Szelag we form the electroacoustic duo myrmyr (, and toured the US. “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, performing with the SFSound Group, Unweathered Embers Ensemble, Helena Espvall, Derek Johnson, & Noah Phillips.  Listen to our albums and collaboration with Helena Espvall of Espers on the Myrmyr Bandcamp


Selected Collaborations
Portraits (with members of Tarantel, Barn Owl, and more)
Chuck Johnson
EJS (with Helena Espvall of Espers)
Paul Clipson (film)
Oakland Active Orchestra
Mark Wilson (film)
Alee Karim & the Science Fiction

Dusan Tynek (Dance)
Barn Owl
Altar Eagle [of Digitalis Industries]
Theatre of Yugen (Dance/Theater)




Marielle V Jakobsons ‘Star Core’ LP/CD/digital on Thrill Jockey Records


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

Pulse Emitter / Date Palms / Expo 70* /Faceplant*4 Way Split(2xLP, Ltd) on Immune Recordings


Date Palms ‘Honey Devash’ LP on Mexican Summer

Myrmyr ‘Fire Star’ LP/CD on Under the Spire Recordings


Date Palms ‘Of Psalms’ LP on Root Strata

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

myrmyr The Amber Sea’ CD on Digitalis


darwinsbitch ‘steel hum’ cassette on Digitalis Ltd

‘Sounding Out’ California Composers Award Compilation NEXMAP


darwinsbitch ‘Induction’ Aphonia Recordings EP


Selected Recording Discography as Instrumentalist:
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