Jacob Gotlib is a composer, musician, educator, and administrator who is dedicated to the creation and promotion of contemporary music. As a composer, his works explore patterning, repetition, and concepts informed by electro-acoustic music. He has written works for instrumental ensembles, electronics, and multimedia that have been performed throughout the United States in Europe by Ensemble Surplus, Ensemble Linea, Schlagwerk Den Haag, and others. His works have been recognized with grants and awards by the Acht Brücken Festival, ASCAP/SEAMUS, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Ossia, and the Kentucky Arts Council.
As an administrator, Jacob has worked to build communities for new music in the cities where he’s lived. In 2007, he was a co-founder of the Kansas City Electronic Music and Arts Alliance (KcEMA), whose mission was to promote experimental music of all types across the Kansas City area. Jacob was also a member of the Buffalo, NY-based new music collective Wooden Cities and was a co-artistic director of the Louisville, KY-based Mothership Ensemble. In addition, he was the host of Muddle Instead of Music, a weekly radio program dedicated to contemporary music on Louisville’s ARTxFM station. Currently, he is the Managing Director of the Mizzou New Music Initiative at the University of Missouri.
Jacob received his BM from the Oberlin Conservatory, an MM from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and a PhD from the University at Buffalo.