Jacob Cooper

Jacob Cooper’s diverse compositions have earned him a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Morton Gould Award from ASCAP, and a CAP Grant from the American Music Center. He has held fellowships and residencies at the Bang on a Can Summer Institute, the Banff Centre for the Arts, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. His music has been performed by several ensembles across the continent, including the JACK Quartet, the NOW Ensemble, and the Minnesota Orchestra, and his works have appeared at the Wordless Music concert series at the Miller Theater in New York and at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven. Timberbrit, Jacob’s opera about a fictional reunion between Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and ran this November at the Incubator Arts Project. Cooper has also recently experimented with visual media, and this past September his video Commencer Une Autre Mort was shortlisted for the YouTube / Guggenheim Biennial. He is a doctoral candidate in music composition at the Yale School of Music. http://www.jacobcoopermusic.com

Work by Jacob Cooper

Jacob Cooper

Commencer Une Autre Mort

Death often seems perfunctory in opera. It is so ubiquitous and so expected that it rarely elicits any sentiment in the viewer: no compassion, no terror, no pain. By digitally altering recordings of staged performances, this video strives to make us feel such emotion in a “revised” scene from Bizet’s Carmen.

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