Philadelphia-based composer/trumpeter Jacob Walls writes music that explores the intersections of color, lyricism, and rupture—often drawing on familiar musical elements, other times cutting against them sharply.
Walls is a Benjamin Franklin doctoral fellow in composition at the University of Pennsylvania, where he studies with James Primosch, Anna Weesner, and Jay Reise. Recent projects include Tachygenesis for the PRISM Quartet, Piano Stretch for pianist Karl Larson, and Lurking Beyond Thought, a trio for soprano voice, flute, and bass, written for the 2016 soundSCAPE Exchange (Italy). This season he is writing music for Bearthoven (NYC) and for a tenor sax and electronics commission from Matthew Levy (Philadelphia).
He holds an MM in composition and an MA in theory from the University of Oregon, where he formed turnEnsemble New Music with fellow composers Noah Jenkins and James Bean, a group dedicated to presenting new works alongside landmark contemporary repertoire. In 2011 he graduated Williams College magna cum laude with highest honors in music and a second major in philosophy, studying composition with Ileana Perez-Velázquez and David Kechley. Walls remains active as a trumpeter and conductor, performing in these roles at summer festivals such as the Bang on a Can Summer Institute, the Brevard Music Center, and the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium.
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