The work of Oakland-based sound artist and violinist Marielle Jakobsons focuses on experiences which are at once "natural" and technologically-altered.
Receiving her MFA in Electronic Music from Mills College in May 2006, she studied improvisation with Fred Frith, electronic and computer music with Chris Brown, Maggi Payne, and Les Stuck. Her thesis work Two Violins and a Theatre: A Triptych of Resonances is an immersive performance environment utilizing water, light, custom electronics and interactive computer programming to deconstruct the violin as a sonic interface. At the CCMIX in Paris, France, shestudied computer music composition with Gerard Pape, Jean-Claude Risset, Trevor Wishart, and Curtis Roads. Marielle received her B.A. in Music Performance and Biology from Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying contemporary piano performance with Anita Pontremoli and founding the Case New Music Ensemble. Prior, she studied classical violin with Yoko Moore, assistant concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra.
Marielle performs regularly across the country in various musical acts: her solo project darwinsbitch, and in her bands myrmyr and TrioMetrik, as well as many side projects and ad hoc ensembles with friends and collaborators. Commercially, she designs sounds and interactive music for The Sims video games and is an educator of sound arts at all levels, from children's workshops to developing the course Experimental Sound Art at San Francisco State University.