Jake Adams

Jake Adams (1996) is a composer, guitarist, ethnomusicologist and teacher from Brighouse, West Yorkshire, currently based in Wells, Somerset. Jake became interested in music at an early age and began guitar lessons with Peter Cain at the age of 6. He would later go on to study singing with Alison Pryce-Jones and John Powell.


Jake studied his undergraduate degree at the University of York and studied composition within this time with Thomas Simaku and Roger Marsh. He then continued his studies at the University of York, graduating in 2019 with an MA in Music with distinction supervised by Thomas Simaku. Jake has received composition lessons from composers including Wolfgang Liebhart, Joanna Bailie, Yuri Kasparov and Oscar Bianchi, and in the summer of 2020 took part in the St. Petersburg International New Music Festival '' composition course. Jake's work primarily explores the field of cross-cultural composition, incorporating elements and drawing influence from musics o cultures outside of the Western Classical Tradition (with his main focus being the music of South-East Asia). Respect for the cultures from which he is learning is key to Jake's work, and as such collaboration is a key factor within his practice. His work has been performed by ensembles and soloists including the Quatuor Diotima, the Chimera Ensemble, Gamelan Sekar Petak, AMOK, The Arc Project, Jasdeep Singh Degun, Dark Inventions and the York Composers Collective.

Outside of composition Jake also performs as a guitarist. He frequently performs in pit bands for shows including One Man, Two Guvnors, Lift, High School Musical, Rent and Grease (for which he was also the assistant musical director) and has performed with the Zamar Gospel Choir and the Chimera Ensemble.

Jake has worked as a teacher since 2016, offering lessons in guitar (classical and electric), singing, bass guitar and music theory. He currently works as a Graduate Music Assistant at Wells Cathedral School, where he also directs the school's gamelan ensemble, Gamelan Sumber Laras.

Jake is the founder and director of The Arc Project, a collaborative new music initiative. The project aims to create a new creative platform in the North of England for composers and performers, with a particular focus on collaborative and shared composition processes.

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